August 1941

Aug

11

1941

U.S. and British Military Chiefs meet

Winston Churchill walking the deck of the battleship HMS Prince of Wales during the Atlantic Conference.

We think that their main comment will be that we attach too much importance to the bombing offensive and that we have given the production of heavy bombers an unduly high priority. We found that they had only vague ideas as to the employment of their forces if they came into the war.

Aug

10

1941

Churchill and Roosevelt pray together

Conference leaders during Church services on the after deck of HMS Prince of Wales, in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, during the Atlantic Charter Conference. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (left) and Prime Minister Winston Churchill are seated in the foreground. Standing directly behind them are Admiral Ernest J. King, USN; General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army; General Sir John Dill, British Army; Admiral Harold R. Stark, USN; and Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, RN.  At far left is Harry Hopkins, talking with W. Averell Harriman.

This service was felt by us all to be a deeply moving expression of the unity of faith of our two peoples, and none who took part in it will forget the spectacle presented that sunlit morning on the crowded quarterdeck – the symbolism of the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes draped side by side on the pulpit

Aug

9

1941

Another German’s view of the war

German mounted troops enter a burning Russian town during the Barbarossa advance, summer 1941.

What marvellous country to live in, if only mankind could see their foolishness and instead of tearing things down, destroying, killing and burning, concentrated on building up and living in peace and harmony. Many times when I spoke to ordinary Russian people in my broken, phrasebook – assisted Russian I found, just as I had in France, that nobody wanted war.

Aug

8

1941

RAF step up attacks on Germany

Two images released during the war to demonstrate the effectiveness of RAF photo reconnaissance . The Germans had attempted to distort the appearance of Hamburg by covering the lake

Very satisfactory results were achieved by 31 bombers in an attack on Hamm; bursts were seen on and around the marshalling yard and several aircraft reported an immense fire (probably an oil cistern) from which smoke ascended to 11,000 feet and spread for ten miles. Many large fires also resulted at Dortmund after an attack carried out by 32 aircraft.

Aug

7

1941

Exercises on Salisbury Plain

the wide open spaces of Salisbury Plain in southern Britain have long been used for tank exercises , here watched by the King in during the summer of1941

Next, he ran fifty yards and, as the target came up again for twenty seconds, threw himself on the ground, loaded and fired another five rounds. With the eyepieces of the respirator steaming up and the bayonetweighted muzzle waving around as you struggled for breath, it was quite a feat to get the shots on the target at all.

Aug

5

1941

A stay in ‘the infamous, bombed Tobruk Hospital’

One of the famous images of the 'Rats of Tobruk', Australian troops sheltering in one of the caves in the besieged area.

“Jaundice. Get your kit and report to the MDS. They’ll probably send you to the Base.” I was driven down to the MDS by Tiny Plane, in a typical Tobruch dust storm. I felt foul. Bumpy, dusty road. Past the wrecked German tank, past the ruined buildings, past the broken Iti guns and past the wrecked British plane with grave alongside..

Aug

4

1941

A German soldier’s view of the Russians

German infantry passing a burning Russian village, during the 1941advance.

Having encountered these Bolshevik hordes and having seen how they live has made a lasting impression on me. Everyone, even the last doubter, knows today that the battle against these subhumans, who’ve been whipped into a frenzy by the Jews, was not only necessary but came in the nick of time.

Aug

3

1941

The first Condor shot down by a Hurricat

Hurricat rocket launched plane on ship

Apart the hazards inherent in such a procedure there was the problem of recovering the pilot after he completed his task of defending the convoy. There was no way of recovering the aircraft to these merchant ships – these were single use planes. The pilot was expected to ditch in the sea and hope to be picked up by one of the convoy escorts.

Aug

2

1941

Life in occupied France

We only know about the fate of Louis Berrier because the Germans chose to make an English version of this poster for use on the Channel Islands.

And then, well, I decided to call him “Hitler” — well, how was I supposed to know that there was a law against calling your pig Hitler? Anyway, that’s why they brought me here. And whatever’s to become of me now?’ But answer came there none, as we were all doubled up with laughter. She found out soon enough, poor woman. Calling your pig ‘Hitler’ still only gets you nine months.

Aug

1

1941

RAF bombers intensify attacks on Libya

An RAF raid on a German ammunition dump in the desert. Each of the dots in the sand is a pile of around 50 bombs.

During the week under review, our bombers made two successful daylight raids. On the 1st August, nine Blenheims, escorted by Hurricanes, attacked a concentration of enemy M.T. vehicles at Sidi Omar and inflicted severe damage and, on the 3rd, twenty-one Marylands bombed enemy gun positions in the Tobruk area, while our fighters carried out a covering sweep over enemy forward aerodromes.