World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Tuesday, October 3, 1939
Day 33

October 3, 1939: Front page of The News, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Note the many stories about the German Raider all incorrectly identify the ship as Admiral Scheer, when in fact it was Admiral Graf Spee.

Also note the story "Ark Royal Still Afloat" this was in response to the many German claims that they has sunk HMS Ark Royal days before.
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October 3, 1939: Front page of the Ironwood Daily Globe, Ironwood, Michigan.

Note the story in column 6: "Former Pal of Hitler Held"
(Ernst "Putzi" Hanfstaengl was one of Hitler's closest associated during the rise of the NSDAP, and it was Hitler who gave him the nickname Putzi. After falling into disfavor with Hitler and the Nazi Party, he fled Nazi Germany in 1937. He was jailed in England, transferred to Canada and later sent to the U.S.A. where assisted the Roosevelt Administration and the Office Of Strategic Services (OSS.) He was sent back to Germany after the war and died in Munich in 1975.)
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October 3, 1939: Front page of the Daily Herald, London, England.

Note the story in column 2: "Defied U-Boat"
(This story is also in the Hamburg paper seen below.)
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October 3, 1939: Front page of CZAS Polish Times, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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October 3, 1939: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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October 3, 1939: Front page of The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Indiana.
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October 3, 1939: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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October 3, 1939: Front page of the Derby Evening Telegraph, Derbyshire, England.

Note the story: "Germany Sends Warning Note To U.S.A."
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October 3, 1939: Front page of Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Bergwerksunglünd in Mexiko.
(Mine disaster in Mexico.)
[This story can be found in the Oct. 2, 1939 edition of the El Paso Herald-Post column 3.]

2. Tage schwerer Entscheidungen.
(Difficult decision in coming days.)

4. Graf Ciano berichtet dem Duce.
(Count Ciano reports to Duce.)

5. Dänischer Dampfer greift an.
(Danish steamship attacks.)