Clare Hollingworth


Clare Hollingworth, the veteran British war correspondent who broke the news of the Nazi invasion of Poland, has died in Hong Kong at the age of 105.

Hollingworth, who was born in Leicester in 1911, was the first to report on the invasion that triggered the outbreak of World War Two.

She went on to report from Vietnam, Algeria and the Middle East.

Hollingworth was a rookie reporter for the Daily Telegraph when she fell upon “the scoop of the century”.

It was she who spotted German forces amassed on the Polish border while travelling from Poland to Germany in 1939.

The Daily Telegraph headline read: “1,000 tanks massed on Polish border. Ten divisions reported ready for swift strike”.

You will notice this has nothing to do with Luz or Madeleine McCann. Unless you think “the scoop of the century” in the 21st century is related to Madeleine.

In 2017, I want to split lots of bits and pieces off from ShiningInLuz. This story is a typical example of what I mean. It relates to a time before I was born. The Algarve has a large German population, and I rub shoulders with them very easily in 2017.

From the information I have thus far, Clare Hollingworth deserves to be remembered.


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