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From: Stephen Hayes
To: All
Date: 2003-11-09 06:18:50
Subject: Old RSL Year Book 6

* Forwarded (from: GEN_BRITAIN) by Stephen Hayes using timEd/2 1.10.y2k.
* Originally from gwen (8:8/2002) to All.
* Original dated: Sat Nov 08, 03:28

From: "gwen" <gwenpt{at}bigpond.com>


This Article is taken from The Returned Sailors and Soldiers' Imperial
League of Australia, Official Year Book of 1939. It is stamped 'Defence
Issue' and the price was 1/6, or 1 shilling and 6 pence in the old
pre-decimal currency. After World War 2 the RSSILA became the RSL - Returned
Services League.
Spelling is as in the original articles.


LEAGUE OF NATIONS IRONY.
While the fate of Europe hung in the balance, the League of Nations in
September last ironically decided that it could not recognise Germany's
union with Austria.
It was pointed out that recognition was impossible because Germany was still
technically a member of the League.


MAN-POWER TO-DAY.
Trained man-power of the nations which might be involved in a European war
was estimated by military experts at the end of 1938 to be approximately:
(First figure are Troops second figure are Reserves)

Democratic Powers
France, 600,000  5,000,000
Britain 100,000  400,000
Russia  1,300,000 14,000,00
Rumania  200,000  1,600,00
Yugoslavia  150,000 1,200,00
Total  2,350,000  23,200,000

Fascist Powers.
Germany  800,000  2,200,000
Italy  500,000  1,000,000
Total  1,300,000  3,200,000

Doubtful Powers.
Czechoslovakia   200,000  1,800,00
Hungary  50,000  20,000
Poland  300,000  1,300,000
Total 550,000 3,120,000

Germany's 60 divisions include six armored divisions
Italy's 34 divisions include eight overseas
France's 5,000,000 reserves include troops overseas.
Britain's six divisions are the Home forces. The 400,000 reserves include
the Territorial Army.
Of Russia's 42 divisions 18 are in the Far East

Regards        Gwen



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