World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Thursday April 4, 1940
Day 217

April 4, 1940: Front page of The Midland Daily Telegraph, Coventry, England.
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Note the report in column 1: "Grocers Fined£175 For Sugar Offences"
(I was surprised to find that the offender was not Arkwright.)


April 4, 1940: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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Note the report in column 5: "Graf Spee Sailed Ready For War"


April 4, 1940: Front page of the Newcastle Journal And North Mail, Newcastle, England.
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April 4, 1940: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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April 4, 1940: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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Note the report in column 3: "Population Of Poland Falls By 4,000,000"
(By the end of the war the number of Poles, including Jews, killed was about 6,000,000.)


April 4, 1940: Front page of the Daily Telegraph, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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April 4, 1940: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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Note the report at bottom center: "William Cousins, Who Set Up Store, Medicine Hat in 1883, Dies At 84"


April 4, 1940: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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April 4, 1940: Front page of Haarlem's Dagblad, Haarlem, Netherlands.
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April 4, 1940: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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Note the headline: "Mad Mother Slays 3 Children, Self"
(The report is quite disturbing to read, not just because of the murders themselves, but because her 11 year-old daughter, Chloe Davis, apparently was also involved with the murders. This story will not turn out as you might think it will.)
 
[Sadly the story above is not an isolated incident. On Apr. 10, 2021, only a few days after the 81st anniversary of the Davis murders, this headline came across my computer "Los Angeles Mother Taken Into Custody After Three Toddlers Found Stabbed To Death." Another woman, again in Los Angeles, was arrested for murdering her three young children, this time with a knife. Not even an hour before I saw this, I had been discussing the Davis case with my daughter.]


April 4, 1940: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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Note the headline: "Alcatraz Refugees Proved Alive"
(The two escapees, Ted Cole and Ralph Roe, were not proved alive, but were never found after escaping from Alcatraz on Dec. 16, 1937.)
 
Also note the report at bottom left: "Trapper's Diary Is Dramatic Story"
(This is the part 1 of a 3 part report which publishes the diary of two trappers, James Ryckman and Lloyd Coombs, who slowly starved to death in the forests of western Vancouver. Fortunately, Combs kept a diary of their tragic adventures. The bodies and the diary were found when the plane that dropped the men off in July returned on the agreed to date to pick them up.)
 


April 4, 1940: Front page of the Syracuse Herald-Journal, Syracuse, New York.
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Note the sub-headline: " 12 Ships in British Convoy Hit by Bombs, Nazis Claim"
(The claims made by the Germans must have come straight from Propaganda Minister Goebbels himself. In official documents the British list only one ship, a trawler named Gorspen, was sunk in the previous two days. They also state that two convoys were attacked by German aircraft, ON-24 and HN-23, but no ships were hit in the attacks.

In the German documents they state the following;
Severely damaged or sunk: 2 patrol boats off the east coast of Britain, 2 patrol boats northeast of the Shetlands. 2 steamers from the convoy. 1 destroyer (1 hit on deck, 2 hits directly beside the ship.) 3 more steamers and 1 patrol boat were damaged. That totals only ten that the Germans believed they had hit. They apparently added two others just to inflate their egos and to deflate the British spirit.)


April 4, 1940: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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April 4, 1940: Front page of The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, Brainerd, Minnesota.
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Note the report in column 6: "250 Alleged As Daily Death Toll Polish Famine"


April 4, 1940: Front page of the Teltower Kriesblatt, Teltow, Germany.
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1. Hungerblockade gegen die Neutralen.
(Hunger blockade against the neutrals.)


April 4, 1940: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Die Kohlenversorgung des kommenden Winters.
(The coal supply for the coming winter.)
[An English version of this report can be seen in the Newcastle Journal And North Mail of Apr. 5, 1940.]
2. Verbrauchsregelung für Schuh - und Sohlenmaterial.
(Consumption rules for shoe and sole material.)
3. Ein neuer Schlag der Luftwaffe.
(Another blow from the Luftwaffe.)



   
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