World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Tuesday, September 5, 1939
Day 5

September 5, 1939: Front page of the Lincolnshire Echo, Lincolnshire, England.
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Note the sub-headline:: "Nazi Battleships Bombed in Port"
(The story claims sever damage was done to German warships. In fact only the cruiser Emden was damaged and this was caused when a plane crashed between the ship and the quay wall. The raid was made by 29 British bombers on Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel. Only eight of them actually found the target, three attacked Royal Navy ships in the North Sea by accident. At least seven aircraft were lost in the raid.)


September 5, 1939: Front page of The Midland Daily Telegraph, Coventry, England.
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The sinking of Athenia is still one of the top stories of the day.
(Athenia, an unarmed passenger ship, was the first British ship sunk in World War II. The ship was torpedoed without warning by U-30 on the day Britain declared war against Germany.)
Note the report at the bottom of column 6: "Neutrality Violated"
(The Danish city of Esbjerg was indeed bombed, but by one of the British aircraft which was supposed to have bombed Wilhelmshaven. As far as I know this was the first Danish city attacked in World War II.)
Also note the report at center: "Food Control"


September 5, 1939: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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September 5, 1939: Front page of The Leeds Mercury, Leeds, England.
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Note the report in column 3: "Germans Drop Gas Balloons"
(To the best of my knowledge none of the belligerant nations used poison gas weapons in World War II.)


September 5, 1939: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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September 5, 1939: Front page of the Daily Record, England.
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September 5, 1939: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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September 5, 1939: Front page of The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
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September 5, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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Note the headline: "30 Polish Planes Stage Berlin Raid"
(This is a complete fabrication and was Polish propaganda intended to boost the morale of the Polish population.)


September 5, 1939: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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September 5, 1939: Front page of Het Volksdagblad, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Dutch communist paper.)
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September 5, 1939: Front page of The Billings Gazette, Billings, Montana.
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September 5, 1939: Front page of the Endicott Daily Bulletin, Endicott, New York.
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September 5, 1939: Front page of the Somerset Daily American, Somerset, Pennsylvania.
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Note the report in column 5: "Bomb Danish Town"
(In this report the possibility that a British plane had bombed the town is mentioned.)


September 5, 1939: Front page of the Centralia Sentinel, Centralia, Illinois.
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September 5, 1939: Front page of The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, Illinois.
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September 5, 1939: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Teltow District, Germany.
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1. Feind flieht aus Ostoberschlesien.
(Enemy flees from East Upper Silesia.)
2. 7. polnische Division aufgerieben, Graudenzer Befestigungen genommen.
(7th Polish Division wiped out, Graudenz fortifications captured.)
3. Englands neue Greuelpropaganda.
(England's new atrocity propaganda.) [A story about the British accusation that the Germans sank the Athenia.]


September 5, 1939: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Luftangriffe aus deutsche Häfen zurückgeschlagen.
(Air raids on German ports repulsed.)
2. 7. polnische Division aufgerieben.
(7th Polish Division wiped out.)
3. England pfeist auf Hollands Neutralität.
(England calls for Holland's neutrality.)
4. Fernverkehr ohne 2. Klasse.
(Travel without second class.)
5. Deutsche Kriegswirtschaftsordnung.
(German war economy.)



   
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