b-blog

Today in World War II History—January 16, 1941

British poster for the WAAF, WWII (Imperial War Museum)

British poster for the WAAF, WWII (Imperial War Museum)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 16, 1941: Britain forms Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF).

Luftwaffe begins bombing British-occupied Malta from Italy.

Today in World War II History—January 15, 1941

Philip Randolph, November 1942 (Library of Congress fsa.8d10637)

Philip Randolph, November 1942 (Library of Congress fsa.8d10637)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 15, 1941: US Labor leader Philip Randolph calls for a march on Washington to protest discrimination and segregation in the armed forces and the defense industry.

King Alfonso XIII of Spain, in exile after Spanish Civil War, renounces right to the throne in favor of his son Juan.

Today in World War II History—January 14, 1941

V for Victory poster, WWII

V for Victory poster, WWII

80 Years Ago—Jan. 14, 1941: Off Antarctica, German auxiliary cruiser Pinguin captures 14 Norwegian whaling ships without firing a single shot or causing a single casualty.

The “V for Victory” is suggested by former Belgian Minister of Justice Victor de Lavelaye, in a BBC broadcast from London to Nazi-occupied Belgium, Holland, and France.

Norwegian whaling factory ship Pelagos, 1931, captured by Pinguin 14 January 1941 (public domain via Vestfold Fylkesmuseum Digitalt bildearkiv and Wikipedia)

Norwegian whaling factory ship Pelagos, 1931, captured by Pinguin 14 January 1941 (public domain via Vestfold Fylkesmuseum Digitalt bildearkiv and Wikipedia)

Today in World War II History—January 13, 1941

James Joyce, 1915 (public domain via Wikipedia)

James Joyce, 1915 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 13, 1941: Irish author James Joyce dies at age 58 in Zürich, Switzerland.

Britain suppresses communist newspapers Daily Worker and The Week, since the papers stopped criticizing the Nazis after Germany and the USSR joined forces.

Today in World War II History—January 12, 1941

80 Years Ago—January 12, 1941: A communist “People’s Convention” is held in London (since the USSR is allied with Germany at this time, British communists oppose the war effort).

Pre-Order When Twilight Breaks and Receive Goodies!

When Twilight Breaks is coming February 2, 2021! My publisher, Revell Books, and I have put together a fun package of goodies for anyone who pre-orders a copy (or has already done so) and enters by January 31, 2021!

You can pre-order at your local bookstore or online (find links here). Any version counts, including e-books! Baker Book House has an amazing pre-order deal (40% off, plus free shipping)!

As my thanks to you for pre-ordering When Twilight Breaks, you will receive:

  • A downloadable map showing the sites in When Twilight Breaks.
  • A sneak peek at chapter one of the story! Plus a video of me reading the chapter.
  • A recipe for Herr Gold’s Krapfen (Bavarian donuts)!
  • A chance to be a virtual travel buddy on my virtual photo tour
  • A signed customized bookplate
  • When Twilight Breaks bookmarks and postcards

A chance to be my virtual travel buddy on my virtual photo tour of the locations from When Twilight Breaks!

Virtual travel buddy??? For the past few years, I’ve conducted photo tours from my research trips. However, my 2020 trip to Munich was—of course—canceled. So, like everything else this year, I’m going virtual. But since I’m going virtual, you can “join” me! My lovely daughter has volunteered to Photoshop my photo and reader photos into photos of Munich! Anyone who pre-orders can enter for a chance to be my virtual travel buddy! The raffle will end January 19, 2021, the winners will be notified January 20, and I’d need your photo by January 22 so my lovely daughter has time to do her photo magic.

To receive your goodies, pre-order your copy of When Twilight Breaks—or find your confirmation number if you’ve already done so! Then contact me at sarahsundinbooks@gmail.com with the following information (you can copy & paste this list into your email):

  1. Herr Gold’s Krapfen from When Twilight Breaks

    Name:

  2. Mailing address:
  3. Where did you pre-order When Twilight Breaks?
  4. Order confirmation number (if you have one):
  5. Would you like bookmarks? How many?
  6. Would you like postcards? How many?
  7. Would you like signed bookplates? To whom would you like them autographed?

Note: I reserve the right to limit quantities of bookmarks & postcards mailed to addresses outside the US.

Offer ends January 31, 2021, so don’t wait! By pre-ordering, you’ll receive the book first—and you create interest in bookstores that helps the book succeed.

Also, please join me on Facebook Live Video on my author page January 11, 2021 at 10 am Pacific Time/ 1 pm Eastern – I’ll share about each of the items! The video will be available for viewing later too.

Today in World War II History—January 11, 1941

Today in World War II History

80 Years Ago—Jan. 11, 1941: In Luftwaffe raid to London, a direct hit on the Bank Underground station kills 56.

US Army Air Corps successfully tests drone planes controlled by radio signals from the ground or other planes.

Germany reserves cowhide leather for military use only.

Today in World War II History—January 10, 1941

Greek troops at Klisura, 10 Jan 1941 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Greek troops at Klisura, 10 Jan 1941 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 10, 1941: Luftwaffe begins operations from Sicily, limiting British sea traffic in the Mediterranean.

Greeks take Klisura Pass in Albania.

Thailand invades French Indochina (under Vichy control).

The play Arsenic and Old Lace premieres on Broadway.

Today in World War II History—January 9, 1941

Avro Lancaster bombers of RAF No.44 Squadron, 29 September 1942 (Imperial War Museum: TR 197)

Avro Lancaster bombers of RAF No.44 Squadron, 29 September 1942 (Imperial War Museum: TR 197)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 9, 1941: British & Australian troops surround Italians at Tobruk, Libya.

First flight of prototype RAF Avro Lancaster bomber.

Today in World War II History—January 8, 1941

Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the scout movement, 1919 (Library of Congress)

Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the scout movement, 1919 (Library of Congress)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 8, 1941: President Roosevelt submits his budget, 60% of which is designated for defense.

Canada announces that military enlistments by Japanese-Canadians will be refused.

William Randolph Hearst forbids his newspapers to run ads for upcoming movie Citizen Kane.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, dies in Kenya, age 84.