Clare Hollingworth, Journalist Who Broke The News That World War 2 Had Started Dies Aged 105

The war correspondent had the scoop of the century.

Clare Hollingworth, the roving reporter to break the news that World War 2 had started, has died aged 105.

The inspirational war correspondent was a young, rookie Daily Telegraph reporter when she got "the scoop of the century", breaking the news that Germany had invaded Poland in August 29.

"We are sad to announce that after an illustrious career spanning a century of news, celebrated war correspondent Clare Hollingworth died this evening in Hong Kong," a spokesman for the Celebrating Clare Hollingworth group announced in a statement on Facebook on this afternoon.

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It was while traveling from Poland to Germany in '39 that Hollingworth spotted German forces aligning on the Polish border, breaking the story with the headline: "1,000 tanks massed on Polish border. Ten divisions reported ready for swift strike"

Hollingworth - who was born in Leicester in 1911 - secured another scoop when Nazis invaded three days later.

Prior to becoming a veteran reporter, Hollingworth helped thousands of people escape from Nazi Germany by arranging British visas.

Reporting over years from Algeria, Vietnam and the Middle East, Hollingworth recently reflected on her career: "I enjoy action. I enjoy being a plane that's bombing something, or being on the ground in the desert when they're advancing.

After working in Beijing in the '70s, Hollingworth lived the last four decades of her incredible life in Hong Kong.

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