World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
September 23, 1939
Day 23

September 23, 1939: Front page of the Evening Chronicle, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.

Note the story in column 6: "Goebbels' Offer On Fortune Charge"
(This is the same Goebbels, who was reported only three days previously, to possibly be dead. See the Press and Journal Sept. 20, 1939.)
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September 23, 1939: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Note they are also carrying the Goebbels story, column 7, second from bottom. This paper reported that Goebbels was possibly dead only three days earlier.
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September 23, 1939: Front page of The Gastonia Daily Gazette, Gastonia, North Carolina.
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September 23, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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September 23, 1939: Front page of The Melbourne Herald, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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September 23, 1939: Front page of the Somerset Daily American, Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Note the story in column 6: "Saw U-boat being sunk"
(No U-boats were lost on that day near that area. In fact only two U-boats were sunk in Sept. of 1929. U-39, sunk Sept. 14 and U-27, sunk Sept. 20. Both boats were sunk west of the Hebrides and there were no casualties from either boat. This was an A.P. wire story so it was published in newspapers around the world.)
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September 23, 1939: Front page of The Adelaide Mail, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
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September 23, 1939: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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September 23, 1939: Front page of the Atlantic News-Telegraph, Atlantic, Iowa.
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September 23, 1939: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Teltow District, Germany.
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1. Der Führer bei der Nordarmee in Polen. Adolf Hitler dankt den ostpreussichen und mecklenburgischen Regimentern.
(The Führer visits the northern armies in Poland. Adolf Hitler thanks the East Prussian and Mecklenburg regiments.

2. Wieder britische Lügen am Pranger.
(British tell more lies from the podium.)

3. Demarkationslinie längst festgelegt.
(Demarcation lines long established.)

4. Japan wehrt sich gegen englische Seeräuber.
(Japan defending itself from English pirates.)

5. Schweizer Neutralität.
(Swiss remain neutral.)

6. Genau wie Anno 14.
(Exactly like the year 1914.)


September 23, 1939: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Die Mengenzuteilung auf die neuen Hamburger Bezugsscheine.
(Allocation and amount of the new Hamburg vouchers.)

2. Erdbeben bei Smyrna fordert über 200 Todesopfer.
(Earthquake in Smyrna [Turkey] kills over 200 people.)

3. Warschau und Modlin getrennt abgeriegelt.
(Warsaw and Modlin [Fortress] are isolated.)

4. Lemberg ergab sich. Oberefehlshaber der polnischen Korridorarmee gefangen.
(Lvov surrenders. The district Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Army captured.)
(Lvov is a city in Ukraine, but at the time was under Polish control. The city surrendered to the Red (Soviet) Army on Sept. 22, 1939. The Germans captured the city of June 22, 1941 after beginning the invasion of Russia [Operation Barbarossa] and immediately began to liquidate the Jewish population. By the end of the war the Jewish population, which was approximately 100, 000, numbered only in the hundreds.)

5. Von Ost nach West. Das Erge der dritten September und Kriegswoche.
(From east to west, the results of the third week of the war.)

6. Generaloberst von Fritsch gefallen. Staatsbegräbnis vom Führer angeordnet.
(Generaloberst Werner von Fritsch killed. The Führer has ordered a state funeral.)

Photo in top right corner. Grossadmiral Raeder beglückwünscht Besatzung erfolgreicher U-Boote.
(Grand Admiral Erich Raeder congratulates successful U-boat crews.)