Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30, 1940 - British Cabinet meeting on continuing the war

Crucial British Cabinet meeting: Churchill wins a vote on continuing the war, in spite of vigorous arguments by Lord Halifax and Chamberlain.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Oldest living World War II veteran reflects on Memorial Day

Mr. Richard Overton was born in 1906.  As the oldest living WWII veteran, his memory remains sharp.
"We'd go from this island we'd do what we're supposed to do there," he said.
As someone who is interested in this part of our history, I forget how painful it can be for veterans to relive their memories recounting experiences from 70+ years ago.   Mr. Overton's words spoke volumes here.
"It don't bother y'all, when you talking about the stuff that we had to go through. I never want to go through it again," Overton said, through tears.
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May 28, 1940 - Belgium surrenders

Belgium surrenders to the Germans; King Leopold III of Belgium surrenders and is interned.

Monday, May 27, 2013

May 27, 1941 - Bismarck sinks

The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the North Atlantic, after evasive tactics, and a damaged steering system which forced it into an endless series of circular movements.