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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
 
 
Surprised
200 in Station
Motorized Unit
Taken to Armouries
 
 
Surprised    
       
 
P10819
  The raids that continued yesterday, were similar to those conducted two weeks ago on the homes of district residents suspected of having Nazi leanings. However, whereas no arrests were made in the German raids, heads of every Italian home visited were taken into custody and are still held.

“ Surprise”, the best weapon in any offensive, again proved its worth in the drive. From the minute it was obvious Italy would follow Hitler, it was understood that action similar to that taken against German nationals would face
natives of the Fascist country.
P10819 - Italians being placed in police vehicle. June 12, 1940.
Courtesy of the Windsor Star
 
Such action against the Germans did not take definite form until days after the beginning of hostilities.
 

And the quickness of this action was mirrored in the faces of the arrested men as they were booked at police headquarters for investigation. But no one said a word. Neither did they complain. They just appeared bewildered by the sudden change in events that had left them virtual prisoners of war.

An aftermath of the raids was the closing today of a sub post office on Wyandotte Street east. The postmaster was one of those arrested, it was reported. The office will not likely be reopened as it was ostensibly for the convenience of Italians in Windsor, officials said.

     
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200 in Station    
       
 
P10815
  It would be impossible to compare the scene at the police station Monday afternoon with any in this city’s past. At one time more than 200 officials and prisoners jammed the outer offices. While station authorities were busy booking the human “loot”, the raiders were busy sorting the firearms, flags and piles of books, papers, pamphlets and other
P10815 - This censored communication, bearing the date and an internee’s signature, was the only notice relatives received of internment at Petawawa.
Courtesy of the Windsor Star
  literature they had gathered.

Translators are reported to be still busy checking the literature found in the individual homes.It is upon their
 

finding that final disposition of some of the men held will be based, it is reported.

More than a dozen revolvers, automatics, rifles and shot guns are reported to have been seized in the raids…Authorities paid special attention to the seizure in one home of two military style shirts, bearing the crests of the “Blue Shirts of Canada”, an alleged fascist organization investigated by government officials a few years ago. It was reported that a branch of the organization was being set up in Windsor…

The headquarters of at least one recognized Italian club in the city is known to have been included on the raiding list. Records of the association and Italian flags were reported to have been seized…

     
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Motorized Unit    
       
 
P10819
  More than 30 cars were used in the raids. Like the motorized unit of an army, they left the station in one column, but soon “broke ranks”, to head for their respective destinations. It was noted that a majority of the cars remained in the Ward Three area.

Armed with search warrants, squads of four or five officers were assigned to each objective. While two men guarded the outside, the remainder of the party entered the dwellings. Officers reported that they did not have any difficulty gaining entrance to any of the places. A few protests were made when policemen
P10817 - Italians being rounded up in Windsor, June 12th, 1940.
Courtesy of the Windsor Star
  starte dupsetting linen closets and clothes containers, but they were politely ignored…
 
 
In some cases the heads of the households were at work at the time of the raids. Men were stationed in the residences, and apprehended the suspects on their return home in the evening.
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Taken to Armouries    
       
  For more than two hours there was a continuous stream of prisoners and men into the station. As soon as they were booked, the Italians were locked in the cramped and hot cell-block. When the last party returned, approximately half the prisoners were transferred to the armouries under guard of the Essex Tank Regiment…
     
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