World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Thursday, September 28, 1939
Day 28

September 28, 1939: Front page of The Midland Daily Telegraph, Coventry, England.
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September 28, 1939: Front page of The Sunderland Echo and Shipping Gazette, Sunderland, England.
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September 28, 1939: Front page of the Butte Montana Standard, Butte, Montana.

Note they are running the story of the Metallist.
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September 28, 1939: Front page of The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Note the details of the story in column 1 which claims that 1/10th of Germanys submarines have been destroyed. Later in the story they quote First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, as saying the number may be closer to a quarter or even a third of the U-boat force. This was completely untrue. Only two U-boats had been sunk up to this point.
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September 28, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Note the story in column 1 which names HMS Ark Royal as the aircraft carrier claimed sunk by the Germans.
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September 28, 1939: Front page of The Ogden Standard Examiner, Ogden City, Utah.
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September 28, 1939: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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September 28, 1939: Front page of the Freeport Journal-Standard, Freeport, Illinois.
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September 28, 1939: Front page of The Melbourne Herald, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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September 28, 1939: Front page of The San Antonio Light, San Antonio, Texas.
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September 28, 1939: Front page of the Briesetal-Bote, Niederbarnim District, Germany.
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1. Warschau und Modlin kapitulieren.
(Warsaw and Modlin [fortress] capitulate.)

2. 500 kg Bombe auf Flugzeugträger.
(500 kg bomb hits aircraft carrier.)

3. Erster kampf zwischen Flugzeugen und Kreigschiffen.
(First battle between aircraft and warships.)


September 28, 1939: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Welt-Thema Ribbentrop-Besuch.
(The world is the theme of the Ribbentrop visit.)

2. Rätselraten un Moskau.
(Guesswork on Moscow.)

3. Auch Modlin kapituliert-Morgen Ubergabe Warschaus.
(Modlin (fortress) surrenders, Warsaw to surrender in the morning.)

4. Wieder Luftangriff auf englischen Kreuzer. Gestern erneut 500 Offiziere und 6000 Mann gefangengenommen.
(Another air attack against British Cruisers. 500 officers and 6,000 men are captured.)

5. Fortsetzung der Besprechungen mit Stalin.
(Talks with Stalin continue.)

6. Sichtliches Unbehagen bei den Westmächten.
(Western powers concerned.)