Diary for Saturday, July 19, 1941:
Europe: ‘Colonel Britton’ initiates the ‘V for Victory’ campaign in midnight broadcast on the BBC: he calls on all the oppressed peoples of Europe to join resistance movements, and declares: ‘In a few minutes there will be millions of new ‘Vs’ on walls and doors and pavements all over Europe.’
Bolivia: State of siege declared following discovery of pro-Axis conspiracy. German Minister Herr Wendler declared persona non grata.
German-Swiss Trade Agreement.
Britain – Government appointments: Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information; R. A. Butler, President of Board of Education; Lord Hankey, Paymaster-General; Duncan Sandys, Financial Secretary to War Office.