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News Recordings 1938

The winds of WWII were swirling in the headlines in 1938, as the Japanese Navy was growing, Germany annexed Austria, anti-Trotsky trials were run in Russia, and religion was being oppressed in Germany.

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Hitler's Mustache being combed in 1938
Although historians tell us that the Second World War began when Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939 the "winds of War" had been swirling for months even years before that date. The seeds of the Second World War were planted and grew with those of the First World War and by 1938, the sprouts were nearly ready to bloom. Radio was there in 1938 to comment and document the happenings. Many of the events were not completely understood at the time, but their significance glares in the light of history.

In February of 1938, The March Of Time dramatized the sinking of an English freighter by an unidentified submarine. The next week, we hear Admiral Leahy discussing the growth of the Japanese Navy and their cooperation with Germany and Italy. In the same episode, we hear Adolf Hitler receiving advice to cut ties with Italy and Spain. The following week, NBC's Story Behind the Headlines discusses the policy of Appeasement and how it is doomed to fail.

Commentator Raymond Gram Swing covered the First World War for the Chicago Daily News before migrating to radio. He was so successful reporting the 1932 Presidential election that he was offered a top position at CBS. He declined (the job would eventually go to Edward R. Murrow) and joined the Mutual Network. His was a strong voice in opposition to Fascism and Nazism. We hear him in early March 1938, speaking about the oppression of religion in Germany, and an anti-Trotsky trial in Russia.

1938 Anschluss
By mid month, both CBS and the British radio are reporting on the Anschluss, Germany's annexation of Austria. Hitler's next ambition was the conquest of Czechoslovakia, and we hear a report from a Prague shortwave station about the political situation, dated May 16. On the same day, Mutual station WOR reports on the first air raid and black-out drill held in the United States with correspondents both on the ground and in the air. Both sides of the drill reported success.

Super Electra 1938
Mutual affiliate, WDGY in Fairbanks, covers the refueling of Howard Hughes' Lockheed Super Electra while on the final legs of his record setting 91 hour flight around the world. "Mrs. Winchell's little boy Walter" offers an affectionate salute to Irving Berlin on August 3.

Murrow ShirerA conference was held in Munich in August, apparently an attempt by the great European powers to avert all out war. Both CBS and Mutual broadcast commentary on the Munich Conference on August 28. On September 13, Fulton Lewis on Mutual reports of the declaration of martial law in the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia (Lewis managed to get the Czech Ambassador on the air). The next day, British Radio reports Prime Minister Chamberlain's offer to meet with Hitler as soon as possible.

CBS News, featuring Bob Trout and Edward Murrow in London, reported on the upcoming Munich Conference on September 23. On the 26th, the British reported preparations for war in England. Roller Derby FightThe next evening, Chamberlain spoke to the British Nation from 10 Downing Street about his efforts to secure peace before going to sign the Munich Agreement. A triumphant Chamberlain returned to London on September 30, and by October 4 the German occupation of Czechoslovakia was a fait accompli, as reported by British Ralph Murray.

NBC News took the time to analyze the significance of the Four Powers Pact on Behind the Headlines. The Roosevelt Administration was watching the situation, while Winston Churchill called for Great Britain to arm itself. American hero Charles Lindbergh made speeches on the need for America to remain neutral, and in Nebraska, the Roller Derby remained popular.

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    44 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 8 hours, 29 min
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      44 shows - total playtime 8 hours 29 minutes
      1. News 380000 BBC Chamberlain on National Health.mp3
      2. News 380000 Charles Lindbergh Speaks On US Neutrality.mp3
      3. News 380000 IBC Radio Normandie.mp3
      4. News 380000 Roller Derby Omaha 1.mp3
      5. News 380000 Roller Derby Omaha 2.mp3
      6. News 380203 NBCB March Of Time.mp3
      7. News 380210 CBS The March Of Time.mp3
      8. News 380210 NBCB March Of Time.mp3
      9. News 380217 Story Behind Headlines Appeasement Marches On.mp3
      10. News 380221 MBS John Steele On Nazis.mp3
      11. News 380222 Gov Harry Moore Speaking National Defense Wk.mp3
      12. News 380304 MBS Raymond Graham Swing On Russia And Germany.mp3
      13. News 380304 MBS Raymond Graham Swing On World Events.mp3
      14. News 380304 MBS Rymnd Gram Swing Trials Niemoller-Bolsheviks.mp3
      15. News 380311 BBC Resign Austrian Chaclr Kurt von Schuschnigg.mp3
      16. News 380313 CBS World News Roundup Austrian Invasion.mp3
      17. News 380313 CBS World News Roundup.mp3
      18. News 380323 Radio Coloniale France Interval signal ID.mp3
      19. News 380430 BBC Winston Churchill To Royal Academy Of Arts.mp3
      20. News 380516 Radio Prague News.mp3
      21. News 380516 WOR First Air Raid Drill in USA.mp3
      22. News 380523 Radio Berlin News.mp3
      23. News 380600 Oswald Mosley Speaks To British Blackshirts.mp3
      24. News 380714 WDGY Howard Hughes at Wold Chamberlin Field.mp3
      25. News 380803 MBS Tribute To Irving Berlin.mp3
      26. News 380828 CBS William Shirer In Berlin Before Invasion.mp3
      27. News 380828 MBS Sigrid Schultz On Munich Conference.mp3
      28. News 380913 MBS Fulton Lewis Czech Declares Martial Law.mp3
      29. News 380914 BBC Chamberlain Offers To Meet Hitler.mp3
      30. News 380923 CBS News.mp3
      31. News 380926 BBC Britain Begins to Prepare for War.mp3
      32. News 380927 BBC Chamberlain Addresses Ntn Negotiations Peace.mp3
      33. News 380927 BBC Chamberlain On Czech Crisis.mp3
      34. News 380927 NBC Fred Bates Reporting.mp3
      35. News 380928 BBC Chamberlain Before Munich Conference.mp3
      36. News 380930 BBC Chmbrln Return Munich Anglo German Agrmnt.mp3
      37. News 380930 BBC Neville Chamberlain After Munich Conference.mp3
      38. News 380930 BBC Neville Chamberlain On Return From Munich.mp3
      39. News 380930 NBC Max Jordon On Big Four Meeting In Munich.mp3
      40. News 381004 BBC Ralph Murray Reports Prague After Invasion.mp3
      41. News 381014 Story Bhnd Hdlines Minorities Threat World Peace.mp3
      42. News 381016 BBC Winston Churchill We Must Arm.mp3
      43. News 381021 Story Behind Hdlines UK Four Power Pact 1.mp3
      44. News 381021 Story Behind HeadlinesUK The Four Power Pact 2.mp3
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    44 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      44 shows - total playtime 8 hours 29 minutes
      1. News 380000 BBC Chamberlain on National Health.mp3
      2. News 380000 Charles Lindbergh Speaks On US Neutrality.mp3
      3. News 380000 IBC Radio Normandie.mp3
      4. News 380000 Roller Derby Omaha 1.mp3
      5. News 380000 Roller Derby Omaha 2.mp3
      6. News 380203 NBCB March Of Time.mp3
      7. News 380210 CBS The March Of Time.mp3
      8. News 380210 NBCB March Of Time.mp3
      9. News 380217 Story Behind Headlines Appeasement Marches On.mp3
      10. News 380221 MBS John Steele On Nazis.mp3
      11. News 380222 Gov Harry Moore Speaking National Defense Wk.mp3
      12. News 380304 MBS Raymond Graham Swing On Russia And Germany.mp3
      13. News 380304 MBS Raymond Graham Swing On World Events.mp3
      14. News 380304 MBS Rymnd Gram Swing Trials Niemoller-Bolsheviks.mp3
      15. News 380311 BBC Resign Austrian Chaclr Kurt von Schuschnigg.mp3
      16. News 380313 CBS World News Roundup Austrian Invasion.mp3
      17. News 380313 CBS World News Roundup.mp3
      18. News 380323 Radio Coloniale France Interval signal ID.mp3
      19. News 380430 BBC Winston Churchill To Royal Academy Of Arts.mp3
      20. News 380516 Radio Prague News.mp3
      21. News 380516 WOR First Air Raid Drill in USA.mp3
      22. News 380523 Radio Berlin News.mp3
      23. News 380600 Oswald Mosley Speaks To British Blackshirts.mp3
      24. News 380714 WDGY Howard Hughes at Wold Chamberlin Field.mp3
      25. News 380803 MBS Tribute To Irving Berlin.mp3
      26. News 380828 CBS William Shirer In Berlin Before Invasion.mp3
      27. News 380828 MBS Sigrid Schultz On Munich Conference.mp3
      28. News 380913 MBS Fulton Lewis Czech Declares Martial Law.mp3
      29. News 380914 BBC Chamberlain Offers To Meet Hitler.mp3
      30. News 380923 CBS News.mp3
      31. News 380926 BBC Britain Begins to Prepare for War.mp3
      32. News 380927 BBC Chamberlain Addresses Ntn Negotiations Peace.mp3
      33. News 380927 BBC Chamberlain On Czech Crisis.mp3
      34. News 380927 NBC Fred Bates Reporting.mp3
      35. News 380928 BBC Chamberlain Before Munich Conference.mp3
      36. News 380930 BBC Chmbrln Return Munich Anglo German Agrmnt.mp3
      37. News 380930 BBC Neville Chamberlain After Munich Conference.mp3
      38. News 380930 BBC Neville Chamberlain On Return From Munich.mp3
      39. News 380930 NBC Max Jordon On Big Four Meeting In Munich.mp3
      40. News 381004 BBC Ralph Murray Reports Prague After Invasion.mp3
      41. News 381014 Story Bhnd Hdlines Minorities Threat World Peace.mp3
      42. News 381016 BBC Winston Churchill We Must Arm.mp3
      43. News 381021 Story Behind Hdlines UK Four Power Pact 1.mp3
      44. News 381021 Story Behind HeadlinesUK The Four Power Pact 2.mp3
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    44 recordings on 9 Audio CDs
    total playtime 8 hours, 29 min

    Disc A001

    1. News 380000 BBC Chamberlain on National Health
    2. News 380000 Charles Lindbergh Speaks On US Neutrality
    3. News 380000 IBC Radio Normandie
    4. News 380000 Roller Derby Omaha 1
    5. News 380000 Roller Derby Omaha 2

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    Disc A002

    1. News 380203 NBCB March Of Time
    2. News 380210 CBS The March Of Time

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    Disc A003

    1. News 380210 NBCB March Of Time
    2. News 380217 Story Behind Headlines Appeasement Marches On
    3. News 380221 MBS John Steele On Nazis
    4. News 380222 Gov Harry Moore Speaking National Defense Wk
    5. News 380304 MBS Raymond Graham Swing On Russia And Germany

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    Disc A004

    1. News 380304 MBS Raymond Graham Swing On World Events
    2. News 380304 MBS Rymnd Gram Swing Trials Niemoller-Bolsheviks
    3. News 380311 BBC Resign Austrian Chaclr Kurt von Schuschnigg
    4. News 380313 CBS World News Roundup Austrian Invasion
    5. News 380313 CBS World News Roundup
    6. News 380323 Radio Coloniale France Interval signal ID
    7. News 380430 BBC Winston Churchill To Royal Academy Of Arts

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    Disc A005

    1. News 380516 Radio Prague News
    2. News 380516 WOR First Air Raid Drill in USA
    3. News 380523 Radio Berlin News
    4. News 380600 Oswald Mosley Speaks To British Blackshirts

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    Disc A006

    1. News 380714 WDGY Howard Hughes at Wold Chamberlin Field

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    Disc A007

    1. News 380803 MBS Tribute To Irving Berlin
    2. News 380828 CBS William Shirer In Berlin Before Invasion

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    Disc A008

    1. News 380828 MBS Sigrid Schultz On Munich Conference
    2. News 380913 MBS Fulton Lewis Czech Declares Martial Law
    3. News 380914 BBC Chamberlain Offers To Meet Hitler
    4. News 380923 CBS News
    5. News 380926 BBC Britain Begins to Prepare for War
    6. News 380927 BBC Chamberlain Addresses Ntn Negotiations Peace
    7. News 380927 BBC Chamberlain On Czech Crisis
    8. News 380927 NBC Fred Bates Reporting
    9. News 380928 BBC Chamberlain Before Munich Conference
    10. News 380930 BBC Chmbrln Return Munich Anglo German Agrmnt
    11. News 380930 BBC Neville Chamberlain After Munich Conference

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    Disc A009

    1. News 380930 BBC Neville Chamberlain On Return From Munich
    2. News 380930 NBC Max Jordon On Big Four Meeting In Munich
    3. News 381004 BBC Ralph Murray Reports Prague After Invasion
    4. News 381014 Story Bhnd Hdlines Minorities Threat World Peace
    5. News 381016 BBC Winston Churchill We Must Arm
    6. News 381021 Story Behind Hdlines UK Four Power Pact 1
    7. News 381021 Story Behind HeadlinesUK The Four Power Pact 2

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