British journalist who broke news of World War II dies at 105

Clare Hollingworth was a correspondent with the Daily Telegraph

British journalist who broke news of World War II dies at 105

Image: Facebook/Celebrate Clare Hollingworth

A British journalist who was credited with breaking the news of World War II has died.

Clare Hollingworth - who was a correspondent with the Daily Telegraph - died in Hong Kong at the age of 105, the paper reports.

She was hailed for her "scoop of the century" after she spotted German tanks on the Polish border on August 29th, 1939.

“1,000 tanks massed on Polish border”, the headline of the front-page story read.

Telegraph editor Chris Evans said: "Clare Hollingworth was a remarkable journalist, an inspiration to all reporters but in particular to subsequent generations of women foreign correspondents.

"She will always be revered by all of us at The Telegraph. Our sympathies to her friends and family."

A Facebook page set up to celebrate her achievements says:  “Although Clare made her name by getting the scoop on WWII – from the frontlines in Poland – that event arguably overshadowed some equally impressive achievements.

“During the research for Clare's recently published biography ‘Of Fortunes & War: Clare Hollingworth, first of the female war correspondents’ her great nephew Patrick Garrett uncovered documents detailing her work saving been two and three thousand souls from the Nazis, on the eve of WWII.

“During the war Clare was all over the Balkans, the Middle East, and North Africa. She was in Palestine for the final runup to the foundation of Israel. She covered the civil war in Algeria, and was in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Vietnam during their conflicts.”

She was also one of the first western correspondents in China at the tail end of the cultural revolution.

And at the age of 70,  Hollingworth  set up a new life in Hong Kong.

This video tribute was put together in 2015: