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Summer of 1940 News

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Summer of 1940 News

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Cecil BrownLarry LeSueurWilliam ShirerThe summer of 1940 was a volatile time. Americans were beginning to feel the heat from the war in Europe, Britain was preparing for an invasion, and most of the Continent was under Nazi control. While many Americans were hoping that this was just another European war, the memories of the Great War (World War 1) were just too fresh.

The Columbia Broadcasting System provided up-to-date information devoted to specifically devoted to the war in Europe. Larry LeSueur, a pioneer in broadcast journalism, provided news from London. In the summer of 1940, the whole world expected Germany to launch an invasion of Britain. While there was not an invasion by the German Army, LeSueur was perfectly positioned to cover the Battle of Britain, also known as the Blitz (July-October 1940).  CBS also had correspondents in Berlin, William Shirer, and in Rome, Cecil Brown.

The news from that tense summer is a wealth of information, bringing to life the fear of invasion in England, the signs of the coming conflict  with Japan and just how much of the world this war touched. News from occupied Europe and stand-alone Britain helped make American understand that this is, indeed, a small world.

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    72 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 17 hours, 25 min
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    1. 72 shows - total playtime 17 hours 25 minutes
    2. CBSEWN 400628 Channel Islands Bombed-Balbo Shot Down Over.mp3
    3. CBSEWN 400701 Diplomat Expulsions-British German Air Raids.mp3
    4. CBSEWN 400703 British Mainland Isles Bombed-British Bom.mp3
    5. CBSEWN 400704 British Attack French Fleet At Oran-Egypt.mp3
    6. CBSEWN 400705 Oran Aftermath.mp3
    7. CBSEWN 400706 Hitler Returns To Germany-UK Invasion Rumor.mp3
    8. CBSEWN 400708 German British Air Raids-Rumors Of UK Inv.mp3
    9. CBSEWN 400709 France To Become Vichy-German British Air.mp3
    10. CBSEWN 400710 British Italian Naval Clash-Hungary-Oran.mp3
    11. CBSEWN 400711 Axis Russia Agree On Balkans-British It.mp3
    12. CBSEWN 400712 German Air Raids On UK-British Italian Na.mp3
    13. CBSEWN 400713 German-UK Air Raids-Italian UK Naval Clash.mp3
    14. CBSEWN 400715 Dnc Meets-German UK Air Raids-Kenya.mp3
    15. CBSEWN 400716 Dnc-Blockade Of Italy-UK Air Raids On Germ.mp3
    16. CBSEWN 400717 Dnc-Germany UK Air Raids-Axis Propaganda.mp3
    17. CBSEWN 400718 Fdr Vs Wilkie-German UK Air Raids-Balkans.mp3
    18. CBSEWN 400719 Fdr Accepts 3rd Term-UK German Air Raids.mp3
    19. CBSEWN 400720 UK Home Forces Commander-Germany Demand.mp3
    20. CBSEWN 400722 Havana Conference Begins-UK Naval Losses.mp3
    21. CBSEWN 400723 Highest UK Budget Ever-Havana Conference Be.mp3
    22. CBSEWN 400724 German UK Air Raids-Germans Threaten UK I.mp3
    23. CBSEWN 400725 German-UK Italian Air Raids-Germans Use.mp3
    24. CBSEWN 400726 Italians Bomb Gibraltar-Balkans-Europe's N.mp3
    25. CBSEWN 400727 German Air Raids On Peace Offers To UK-Ge.mp3
    26. CBSEWN 400729 British Isles Near Invasion-French Channel.mp3
    27. CBSEWN 400730 UK Isles Bombed-Germans Concentrate Forces.mp3
    28. CBSEWN 400731 UK Blockade Of Germany Italy-German Dayli.mp3
    29. CBSEWN 400801 Germans Bomb UK-UK Bombing Raids-UK Blocka.mp3
    30. CBSEWN 400802 Leaflets Dropped On UK-Air Raids On UK Sc.mp3
    31. CBSEWN 400803 UK Bombs Europe-Germans Bomb UK-UK Arrests.mp3
    32. CBSEWN 400805 UK Invasion Near-Norway.mp3
    33. CBSEWN 400806 UK Invasion Near-UK German Air Raids.mp3
    34. CBSEWN 400808 Europe East Africa Fighting Intensifies-G.mp3
    35. CBSEWN 400809 Dogfights Over English Channel Libya.mp3
    36. CBSEWN 400810 Air Raids On UK Intensify-Somaliland-Tobruk.mp3
    37. CBSEWN 400812 Huge Air Battles Over Se UK-Somaliland.mp3
    38. CBSEWN 400813 UK Hit With Worst Air Raids So Far-Believes.mp3
    39. CBSEWN 400814 Midlands Wales Bombed-Berlin Bombed-Germ.mp3
    40. CBSEWN 400815 Bad Weather Hampers German Air Raids-Paratr.mp3
    41. CBSEWN 400816 Great Air Raids On UK-North Italy Bombed-G.mp3
    42. CBSEWN 400817 More Great Raids On UK Expected-UK Suburbs.mp3
    43. CBSEWN 400818 Somaliland-UK Bombed-Germany Warns Us.mp3
    44. CBSEWN 400819 UK Bombings Continue-Somaliland-Ethiopia-.mp3
    45. CBSEWN 400820 UK Bombings Lessen-Churchill To Address Com.mp3
    46. CBSEWN 400821 UK Midlands S.e. Bombed-Berlin Radio Off.mp3
    47. CBSEWN 400822 UK Cabinet Changes Possible-Egypt.mp3
    48. CBSEWN 400823 1st Night Raid On London-Invasion Of Greece.mp3
    49. CBSEWN 400824 Lull In Air Rairs-Dover Shelled-Balkans.mp3
    50. CBSEWN 400826 Berlin London Bombed-Somaliland.mp3
    51. CBSEWN 400827 Heaviest Air Raids On UK Yet-Berlin Bombed,.mp3
    52. CBSEWN 400828 Mass Daylight Air Raid On UK-Italy Bombs Ha.mp3
    53. CBSEWN 400829 London Berlin Bombed-Suez Canal Alexand.mp3
    54. CBSEWN 400830 Romania May Accept New Hungarian Border-UK.mp3
    55. CBSEWN 400831 London Berlin Bombed-Romania Halved By Di.mp3
    56. CBSEWN 400902 London Berlin Bombed-Munich Sardinia .mp3
    57. CBSEWN 400903 2 London Bombings-Berlin Bombed-Transylvan.mp3
    58. CBSEWN 400904 London Berlin Bombed-Romania-UK Us Nav.mp3
    59. CBSEWN 400905 Antonescu Overthrows Romania's King-UK Heav.mp3
    60. CBSEWN 400906 King Carol Abdicates To Michael-Longest Lon.mp3
    61. CBSEWN 400907 Berlin Many UK Cities Heavily Bombed-Us C.mp3
    62. CBSEWN 400909 Heaviest London Bombing Yet-Hamburg Bombed,.mp3
    63. CBSEWN 400914 London UK Bombed-N. Africa-Buckingham Pa.mp3
    64. CBSEWN 400916 London Liverpool Belfast Bombed-N. Afri.mp3
    65. CBSEWN 400917 London Heavily Bombed-Us Conscription Becom.mp3
    66. CBSEWN 400918 Longest London Bombing Yet-Benghazi-Egypt,.mp3
    67. CBSEWN 400919 London Heavily Bombed-Us Conscription Proce.mp3
    68. CBSEWN 400920 Von Ribbentropp Visits Mussolini-London Bom.mp3
    69. CBSEWN 400921 London Heavily Bombed-Indochina-Von Ribben.mp3
    70. CBSEWN 400923 London UK Heavily Bombed-Indochina-Germa.mp3
    71. CBSEWN 400924 London Heavily Bombed-Heaviest Berlin Bombi.mp3
    72. CBSEWN 400925 London UK Bombed-Berlin Invasion Ports.mp3
    73. CBSEWN 400927 3 Power Alliance (axis) Formed-London UK.mp3
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    72 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 17 hours, 25 min
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    1. 72 shows - total playtime 17 hours 25 minutes
    2. CBSEWN 400628 Channel Islands Bombed-Balbo Shot Down Over.mp3
    3. CBSEWN 400701 Diplomat Expulsions-British German Air Raids.mp3
    4. CBSEWN 400703 British Mainland Isles Bombed-British Bom.mp3
    5. CBSEWN 400704 British Attack French Fleet At Oran-Egypt.mp3
    6. CBSEWN 400705 Oran Aftermath.mp3
    7. CBSEWN 400706 Hitler Returns To Germany-UK Invasion Rumor.mp3
    8. CBSEWN 400708 German British Air Raids-Rumors Of UK Inv.mp3
    9. CBSEWN 400709 France To Become Vichy-German British Air.mp3
    10. CBSEWN 400710 British Italian Naval Clash-Hungary-Oran.mp3
    11. CBSEWN 400711 Axis Russia Agree On Balkans-British It.mp3
    12. CBSEWN 400712 German Air Raids On UK-British Italian Na.mp3
    13. CBSEWN 400713 German-UK Air Raids-Italian UK Naval Clash.mp3
    14. CBSEWN 400715 Dnc Meets-German UK Air Raids-Kenya.mp3
    15. CBSEWN 400716 Dnc-Blockade Of Italy-UK Air Raids On Germ.mp3
    16. CBSEWN 400717 Dnc-Germany UK Air Raids-Axis Propaganda.mp3
    17. CBSEWN 400718 Fdr Vs Wilkie-German UK Air Raids-Balkans.mp3
    18. CBSEWN 400719 Fdr Accepts 3rd Term-UK German Air Raids.mp3
    19. CBSEWN 400720 UK Home Forces Commander-Germany Demand.mp3
    20. CBSEWN 400722 Havana Conference Begins-UK Naval Losses.mp3
    21. CBSEWN 400723 Highest UK Budget Ever-Havana Conference Be.mp3
    22. CBSEWN 400724 German UK Air Raids-Germans Threaten UK I.mp3
    23. CBSEWN 400725 German-UK Italian Air Raids-Germans Use.mp3
    24. CBSEWN 400726 Italians Bomb Gibraltar-Balkans-Europe's N.mp3
    25. CBSEWN 400727 German Air Raids On Peace Offers To UK-Ge.mp3
    26. CBSEWN 400729 British Isles Near Invasion-French Channel.mp3
    27. CBSEWN 400730 UK Isles Bombed-Germans Concentrate Forces.mp3
    28. CBSEWN 400731 UK Blockade Of Germany Italy-German Dayli.mp3
    29. CBSEWN 400801 Germans Bomb UK-UK Bombing Raids-UK Blocka.mp3
    30. CBSEWN 400802 Leaflets Dropped On UK-Air Raids On UK Sc.mp3
    31. CBSEWN 400803 UK Bombs Europe-Germans Bomb UK-UK Arrests.mp3
    32. CBSEWN 400805 UK Invasion Near-Norway.mp3
    33. CBSEWN 400806 UK Invasion Near-UK German Air Raids.mp3
    34. CBSEWN 400808 Europe East Africa Fighting Intensifies-G.mp3
    35. CBSEWN 400809 Dogfights Over English Channel Libya.mp3
    36. CBSEWN 400810 Air Raids On UK Intensify-Somaliland-Tobruk.mp3
    37. CBSEWN 400812 Huge Air Battles Over Se UK-Somaliland.mp3
    38. CBSEWN 400813 UK Hit With Worst Air Raids So Far-Believes.mp3
    39. CBSEWN 400814 Midlands Wales Bombed-Berlin Bombed-Germ.mp3
    40. CBSEWN 400815 Bad Weather Hampers German Air Raids-Paratr.mp3
    41. CBSEWN 400816 Great Air Raids On UK-North Italy Bombed-G.mp3
    42. CBSEWN 400817 More Great Raids On UK Expected-UK Suburbs.mp3
    43. CBSEWN 400818 Somaliland-UK Bombed-Germany Warns Us.mp3
    44. CBSEWN 400819 UK Bombings Continue-Somaliland-Ethiopia-.mp3
    45. CBSEWN 400820 UK Bombings Lessen-Churchill To Address Com.mp3
    46. CBSEWN 400821 UK Midlands S.e. Bombed-Berlin Radio Off.mp3
    47. CBSEWN 400822 UK Cabinet Changes Possible-Egypt.mp3
    48. CBSEWN 400823 1st Night Raid On London-Invasion Of Greece.mp3
    49. CBSEWN 400824 Lull In Air Rairs-Dover Shelled-Balkans.mp3
    50. CBSEWN 400826 Berlin London Bombed-Somaliland.mp3
    51. CBSEWN 400827 Heaviest Air Raids On UK Yet-Berlin Bombed,.mp3
    52. CBSEWN 400828 Mass Daylight Air Raid On UK-Italy Bombs Ha.mp3
    53. CBSEWN 400829 London Berlin Bombed-Suez Canal Alexand.mp3
    54. CBSEWN 400830 Romania May Accept New Hungarian Border-UK.mp3
    55. CBSEWN 400831 London Berlin Bombed-Romania Halved By Di.mp3
    56. CBSEWN 400902 London Berlin Bombed-Munich Sardinia .mp3
    57. CBSEWN 400903 2 London Bombings-Berlin Bombed-Transylvan.mp3
    58. CBSEWN 400904 London Berlin Bombed-Romania-UK Us Nav.mp3
    59. CBSEWN 400905 Antonescu Overthrows Romania's King-UK Heav.mp3
    60. CBSEWN 400906 King Carol Abdicates To Michael-Longest Lon.mp3
    61. CBSEWN 400907 Berlin Many UK Cities Heavily Bombed-Us C.mp3
    62. CBSEWN 400909 Heaviest London Bombing Yet-Hamburg Bombed,.mp3
    63. CBSEWN 400914 London UK Bombed-N. Africa-Buckingham Pa.mp3
    64. CBSEWN 400916 London Liverpool Belfast Bombed-N. Afri.mp3
    65. CBSEWN 400917 London Heavily Bombed-Us Conscription Becom.mp3
    66. CBSEWN 400918 Longest London Bombing Yet-Benghazi-Egypt,.mp3
    67. CBSEWN 400919 London Heavily Bombed-Us Conscription Proce.mp3
    68. CBSEWN 400920 Von Ribbentropp Visits Mussolini-London Bom.mp3
    69. CBSEWN 400921 London Heavily Bombed-Indochina-Von Ribben.mp3
    70. CBSEWN 400923 London UK Heavily Bombed-Indochina-Germa.mp3
    71. CBSEWN 400924 London Heavily Bombed-Heaviest Berlin Bombi.mp3
    72. CBSEWN 400925 London UK Bombed-Berlin Invasion Ports.mp3
    73. CBSEWN 400927 3 Power Alliance (axis) Formed-London UK.mp3
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    72 recordings on 18 Audio CDs. Total playtime 17 hours, 25 min
    72 recordings on 18 Audio CDs
    total playtime 17 hours, 25 min

    Summer of 1940 News Disc A001

    1. CBSEWN 400628 Channel Islands Bombed-Balbo Shot Down Over
    2. CBSEWN 400701 Diplomat Expulsions-British German Air Raids
    3. CBSEWN 400703 British Mainland Isles Bombed-British Bom
    4. CBSEWN 400704 British Attack French Fleet At Oran-Egypt
    5. CBSEWN 400705 Oran Aftermath

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A002

    1. CBSEWN 400706 Hitler Returns To Germany-UK Invasion Rumor
    2. CBSEWN 400708 German British Air Raids-Rumors Of UK Inv
    3. CBSEWN 400709 France To Become Vichy-German British Air
    4. CBSEWN 400710 British Italian Naval Clash-Hungary-Oran

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A003

    1. CBSEWN 400711 Axis Russia Agree On Balkans-British It
    2. CBSEWN 400712 German Air Raids On UK-British Italian Na
    3. CBSEWN 400713 German-UK Air Raids-Italian UK Naval Clash
    4. CBSEWN 400715 Dnc Meets-German UK Air Raids-Kenya

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A004

    1. CBSEWN 400716 Dnc-Blockade Of Italy-UK Air Raids On Germ
    2. CBSEWN 400717 Dnc-Germany UK Air Raids-Axis Propaganda
    3. CBSEWN 400718 Fdr Vs Wilkie-German UK Air Raids-Balkans
    4. CBSEWN 400719 Fdr Accepts 3rd Term-UK German Air Raids

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A005

    1. CBSEWN 400720 UK Home Forces Commander-Germany Demand
    2. CBSEWN 400722 Havana Conference Begins-UK Naval Losses
    3. CBSEWN 400723 Highest UK Budget Ever-Havana Conference Be
    4. CBSEWN 400724 German UK Air Raids-Germans Threaten UK I

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A006

    1. CBSEWN 400725 German-UK Italian Air Raids-Germans Use
    2. CBSEWN 400726 Italians Bomb Gibraltar-Balkans-Europe's N
    3. CBSEWN 400727 German Air Raids On Peace Offers To UK-Ge
    4. CBSEWN 400729 British Isles Near Invasion-French Channel

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A007

    1. CBSEWN 400730 UK Isles Bombed-Germans Concentrate Forces
    2. CBSEWN 400731 UK Blockade Of Germany Italy-German Dayli
    3. CBSEWN 400801 Germans Bomb UK-UK Bombing Raids-UK Blocka
    4. CBSEWN 400802 Leaflets Dropped On UK-Air Raids On UK Sc

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A008

    1. CBSEWN 400803 UK Bombs Europe-Germans Bomb UK-UK Arrests
    2. CBSEWN 400805 UK Invasion Near-Norway
    3. CBSEWN 400806 UK Invasion Near-UK German Air Raids
    4. CBSEWN 400808 Europe East Africa Fighting Intensifies-G

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A009

    1. CBSEWN 400809 Dogfights Over English Channel Libya
    2. CBSEWN 400810 Air Raids On UK Intensify-Somaliland-Tobruk
    3. CBSEWN 400812 Huge Air Battles Over Se UK-Somaliland
    4. CBSEWN 400813 UK Hit With Worst Air Raids So Far-Believes

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A010

    1. CBSEWN 400814 Midlands Wales Bombed-Berlin Bombed-Germ
    2. CBSEWN 400815 Bad Weather Hampers German Air Raids-Paratr
    3. CBSEWN 400816 Great Air Raids On UK-North Italy Bombed-G
    4. CBSEWN 400817 More Great Raids On UK Expected-UK Suburbs

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A011

    1. CBSEWN 400818 Somaliland-UK Bombed-Germany Warns Us
    2. CBSEWN 400819 UK Bombings Continue-Somaliland-Ethiopia-
    3. CBSEWN 400820 UK Bombings Lessen-Churchill To Address Com
    4. CBSEWN 400821 UK Midlands S.e. Bombed-Berlin Radio Off

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A012

    1. CBSEWN 400822 UK Cabinet Changes Possible-Egypt
    2. CBSEWN 400823 1st Night Raid On London-Invasion Of Greece
    3. CBSEWN 400824 Lull In Air Rairs-Dover Shelled-Balkans
    4. CBSEWN 400826 Berlin London Bombed-Somaliland

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A013

    1. CBSEWN 400827 Heaviest Air Raids On UK Yet-Berlin Bombed,
    2. CBSEWN 400828 Mass Daylight Air Raid On UK-Italy Bombs Ha
    3. CBSEWN 400829 London Berlin Bombed-Suez Canal Alexand
    4. CBSEWN 400830 Romania May Accept New Hungarian Border-UK
    5. CBSEWN 400831 London Berlin Bombed-Romania Halved By Di

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A014

    1. CBSEWN 400902 London Berlin Bombed-Munich Sardinia
    2. CBSEWN 400903 2 London Bombings-Berlin Bombed-Transylvan
    3. CBSEWN 400904 London Berlin Bombed-Romania-UK Us Nav
    4. CBSEWN 400905 Antonescu Overthrows Romania's King-UK Heav

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A015

    1. CBSEWN 400906 King Carol Abdicates To Michael-Longest Lon
    2. CBSEWN 400907 Berlin Many UK Cities Heavily Bombed-Us C
    3. CBSEWN 400909 Heaviest London Bombing Yet-Hamburg Bombed,
    4. CBSEWN 400914 London UK Bombed-N. Africa-Buckingham Pa

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A016

    1. CBSEWN 400916 London Liverpool Belfast Bombed-N. Afri
    2. CBSEWN 400917 London Heavily Bombed-Us Conscription Becom
    3. CBSEWN 400918 Longest London Bombing Yet-Benghazi-Egypt,
    4. CBSEWN 400919 London Heavily Bombed-Us Conscription Proce

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A017

    1. CBSEWN 400920 Von Ribbentropp Visits Mussolini-London Bom
    2. CBSEWN 400921 London Heavily Bombed-Indochina-Von Ribben
    3. CBSEWN 400923 London UK Heavily Bombed-Indochina-Germa
    4. CBSEWN 400924 London Heavily Bombed-Heaviest Berlin Bombi

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    Summer of 1940 News Disc A018

    1. CBSEWN 400925 London UK Bombed-Berlin Invasion Ports
    2. CBSEWN 400927 3 Power Alliance (axis) Formed-London UK

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