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Diary January 30, 1943

Goering speaks for the tenth anniversary of the Nazi regime
Goering speaks for the tenth anniversary of the Nazi regime together with a ‘funeral oration’ for the 6th Army at Stalingrad, later called the ‘Thermopylae speech’ after the Spartan hero myth.
WW2 War Diary for Saturday, January 30, 1943:

Air War

Germany – FIRST ALLIED DAYLIGHT BOMBING RAIDS ON BERLIN: 6 RAF Mosquito bombers (1 lost) attack in 2 waves – timed to interrupt broadcasts by Goering and Goebbels on tenth anniversary of Nazi regime.
H2S radar bombing equipment tested over Hamburg.

Home Fronts

Germany: Goering broadcasts (1 hour late) ‘if Germany collapsed . . . the Soviet would sweep through Europe . . . Every German must be prepared to give his life so that his race may live’.

Eastern Front

Caucasus: Maikop with its oil fields recaptured by Russians.

Africa

Tunisia: Germans expel French from Faid Passin the south.

Politics

The Adana Conference: Churchill and Alanbrooke confer with Turkish leaders (January 30-31) and promise direct military assistance if Turkey is forced into war. But they failed to press Turkey into the war.

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