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Telegraph correspondent who broke the news of World War II passes away

17.01.2017, 15:09

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.

She was a regular at the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) in Hong Kong, where she celebrated her 105th birthday last October.

The scoop of Hollingworth's career came to her in late August when she was a 27-year-old fledgling reporter for the Daily Telegraph.She had been a reporter at the newspaper for less than a week. 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" - but it did not carry her byline, a common practice for newspapers at the time.

"Clare had a remarkable career as a foreign correspondent, beginning with the scoop of the century when she reported the start of World War II." - FCC states

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