World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Thursday, December 7, 1939
Day 98

December 7, 1939: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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December 7, 1939: Front page of The Star, Sheffield, England.
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December 7, 1939: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report in column 2: Two Polish Submarines Escape"
(One of the submarines, Orzel, had been used as a pretext by the Russians to annex Estonia. Orzel went missing with all hands for unknown reasons after sailing from Rosyth, Scotland on May 23, 1940.)
Also note the report in column 3: "Sunk Trawler Victims Found"
(The trawler William Humphries was sunk on Nov. 21, 1939 by U-33.)


December 7, 1939: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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Note the report in column 6: "Nazi Diplomat Murdered"
(First reports in the British press of the murder of Dr. Walter Engleberg in New York City. The story broke the day before in the U.S. press.)


December 7, 1939: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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Note the report in column 2: "U-boats Being Sunk Too Fast to Renew"
(Churchill's statements reported the previous day have now made their way into the Australian press.)
[More information on this can be found under The Midland Daily Telegraph of Dec. 6, 1939.]
 
Also note the report at the bottom of column 2: "P and O Chairman's Tribute to Rawalpindi's Fight"
 
Also note the report at the bottom of column 2: "Germany Says U-boat Sank Doric Star"
(This report was German disinformation to keep the British from suspecting the cruiser Admiral Graf Spee, which was actually responsible for sinking Doric Star. It was an attempt to fool the British into thinking that there was more than one German unit operating in the South Atlantic.)


December 7, 1939: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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Note the report in column 7: "Africa Shell Episode"


December 7, 1939: Front page of The Daily News, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
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Note the report at top left: "Nazi Official Murdered In U.S."
(The first press reports of the murder of Dr. Walter Engleberg in the Australian press.)


December 7, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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Note the report at the bottom of column 4: "Two Spies Lose Heads In Berlin"


December 7, 1939: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the report at the bottom of column 2: "Vote Communist Be Deprived Of Immunity"
(Even the French were, at that time, aware of the dangers of communism.)


December 7, 1939: Front page of Het Volksdagblad, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Dutch communist paper.)
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December 7, 1939: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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Note the report in column 4: "Constitution Breach by Red Party Cited"
(Another warning about the difference between communism and America. The report states "communist membership precludes an individual from upholding the [American] Constitution." Keep this in mind when you listen to the national socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the "revolution" they speak of. Socialism and communism are branches of the same evil, totalitarian tree.)


December 7, 1939: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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Note the report in column 5: "Report Sabotage"
(A report that the Russians had executed twenty-one Russians who refused a sabotage order.)
Also note the photo at bottom right: "Kuhn Enters Sing Sing Prison"


December 7, 1939: Front page of The Lowell Sun, Lowell, Massachusetts.
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Note the headline: Poison Gas Shells Are Hurled At Finn Troops"
(To the best of my knowledge no belligerent nation used poison gas in combat in World War II.)


December 7, 1939: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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December 7, 1939: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Mißlungene britische Einflugversuche über Deutsche Bucht nach Schleswig-Holstein.
(Unsuccessful attempts by British to enter the German Bight via Schleswig-Holstein.)
2. Durch Flakfeuer abgewehrt.
(Repelled by flak.)



   
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