On This Day…December 2nd.
Russian T-26 light tanks and T-20 Komsomolets armored tractors advance into Finland during the Winter War, 2 Dec 1939
K-class airship with Blimp Squadron ZP-14 on a stop-over in Oran, Algeria, 2 Dec 1944.
Martin B-26G Marauder that suffered a direct hit from AA flak – December 2nd 1944 on a sortie to Saarlautern in Germany. Despite horrific damage and the B-26’s (retained) bomb load of fragmentation bombs, the pilot was able to guide his aircraft safely back to base in France and make a wheels up landing.
A burned out bus (inspiration for Charles King, here…) in Bristol, Dec 2nd, 1940. Personally, I think it’s possible to over-weather…
On the afternoon of 2nd December 1943 a German reconnaissance aircraft discovered the port of Bari ‘full’ of Allied shipping. A bombing raid was organised and hit the port in the early evening and was remarkably successful – hitting a large number of ships in a surprise attack.
The effects were magnified because two ammunition ships were hit, including the Liberty ship John Harvey – carrying a secret cargo of 2,000 mustard gas bombs.
The John Harvey’s cargo was known to very few people. It carried the Allied supply of chemical weapons that was kept in possible retaliation for any such German attack. The rescuers were not aware of this additional hazard, and had no idea how to treat the military or the civilian casualties caused by the gases released.