World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Tuesday, December 5, 1939
Day 96

December 5, 1939: Front page of The Midland Daily Telegraph, Coventry, England.
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Note the report in column 3: "Reports of Russian Atrocities"
(I do not know if this was an accurate report or not.)
Also note the report at bottom left: "Doric Star Sunk By German Raider"
(The report, like all reports of the day, credited the sinking to the German cruiser Admiral Scheer, but the ship was actually sunk by the Admiral Graf Spee.)


December 5, 1939: Front page of the Evening Telegraph and Post, Dundee, Scotland.
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Note the report in column 1: "Jewish Reservation Protest"
Also note the reports in column 4: "Not At War With Finland" and "Russia Friend Of The Finns"
(More absurd statements from the Communists in Russia.)
 
Also note the report in column 7: "Loss of 30 U-boats Certain"
(The certainty expressed was false, to this point only nine U-boats had been sunk.)


December 5, 1939: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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(Note the photo at top left, the U-boat crewmen are probably from U-35.)


December 5, 1939: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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December 5, 1939: Front page of The Melbourne Herald, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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December 5, 1939: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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December 5, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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December 5, 1939: Front page of Het Volksdagblad, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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December 5, 1939: Front page of CZAS Polish Times, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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December 5, 1939: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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Note the headline: "Kuhn Is Given 2 To 5 Years In Prison"
(The end result of the trial of the so-called American Führer.)


December 5, 1939: Front page of The Vidette-Messanger, Valparaiso, Indiana.
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December 5, 1939: Front page of The Helena Independent, Helena, Montana.
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December 5, 1939: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Erfolgreicher deutscher Kreuzerkrieg im Südatlantik.
(Successful German cruiser war in the South Atlantic.)