World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Tuesday, October 31, 1939
Day 61

October 31, 1939: Front page of the Telegraph & Independent, Sheffield, England.

Note the story at top right: "Tortured Jews in Nazi Hells"
(After the release of the White Paper by the British Government, stories giving details of the conditions in Nazi concentration camps was available to everyone. In the British press these stories were on the front page. In the American press the stories did not appear on the front page, in fact if it was mentioned at all it was buried deep in the paper and even then the majority of the details were absent. The notable exception was the New York Times, who ran a full page about the White Paper. You can read it here. With information like this being published nobody can say we did not know.)
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October 31, 1939: Front page of The Leeds Mercury, Leeds, England.

Note the headline was about the White Paper.

Also note the story in column 4: "Athenia Assurances To U.S. No Guns or Bullion Aboard"
(Athenia was the first British ship sunk in World War II, it was significant because it was an unarmed passenger ship and several Americans were killed. Read more about Athenia here.)
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October 31, 1939: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Note the story at top right is about the White Paper.
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October 31, 1939: Front page of the Daily Telegraph, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Note that the White Paper story is absent from the page.

Also not the story in column 2: "Ban Poles Speaking To German Women"
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October 31, 1939: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Note the White Paper story is prominent.

Also note an artists rendering of the sinking of HMS Royal Oak.
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October 31, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Note the photo of HMS Glorious. HMS Glorious along with HM Destroyers Ardent and Acasta were sunk on June 8, 1940 by the German battleships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst. Read more about that here.)

Also note the story in column 7: "Control Put Upon Sugar"
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October 31, 1939: Front page of the Butte Montana Standard, Butte Montana.
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October 31, 1939: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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October 31, 1939: Front page of The Lowell Sun, Lowell, Massachusetts.
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October 31, 1939: Front page of The Ogden Standard Examiner, Ogden City, Utah.
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October 31, 1939: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Ein entlarvender Brief.
(A revealing letter.)

2. Neue Verkaufszeiten in Hamburg - 8000 Tonner versenkt.
(New sales times in Hamburg. 8,000 tonner sunk.) [The 8,000 ton ship was the Malabar, which you can read about in the Evening Express Oct. 30, 1939.]