World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Friday, November 10, 1939
Day 71

November 10, 1939: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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The top stories for the day were the expected German invasion of the Netherlands and Belgium and the aftermath of the assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler. (For more on this see yesterdays papers.)


November 10, 1939: Front page of The Leeds Mercury, Leeds, England.
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November 10, 1939: Front page of The Sunderland Echo and Shipping Gazette, Sunderland, England.
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Note the story in column 5: "Gestapo Reign of Terror Awaited"
(Notice that the story mentions more threats against the Jews.)


November 10, 1939: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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Note the story in column 3: "Gestapo Kills 180 Germans"


November 10, 1939: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Note the story at center: "1000 Arrests In Vast German Purge"


November 10, 1939: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the story at the bottom left: "Britannia Rules Germany Admits 33 Subs Lost Or Damaged Since War Began"
(I have no idea what "German Admiralty" figures the writer was referring to, but this is totally incorrect. Since Sept. 1, 1939 the total of U-boats lost was 7, the story claims 24. I don't have the figure of how many had been damaged. Only 2 more U-boats were lost in 1939, one on Nov. 29 and one on Dec. 4th. In fact it took until June of 1940 before 24 U-boats were sunk by the Allies.)

Also note the story at the bottom of column 8: "Britain Loses Small Warship"
(Read the story of HM Trawler Northern Rover here.)


November 10, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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Note the story in column 7: "2,000 Chinese Miners Drowned; Stream Floods Pit"


November 10, 1939: Front page of Het Volksdagblad, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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November 10, 1939: Front page of The Lowell Sun, Lowell, Massachusetts.
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November 10, 1939: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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Note the graphic at center: "Armistice Day Twenty One Years Ago"
(This is a little confusing since Armistice Day is Nov. 11th, not on the 10th. The Armistice to end the fighting in the Great War [World War I] was signed early on Nov. 11, 1918, but was to take effect at 11:00 a.m. that day. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.)

Also note the two stories at the bottom of column 2 about mine disasters, one in Japan and one in Wyoming adding to the massive disaster in China from the paper above.


November 10, 1939: Front page of The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Note this paper is also carrying the story of the Wyoming mine collapse in column 3.



November 10, 1939: Front page of the Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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November 10, 1939: Front page of the Rheinsberger Zeitung, Rheinsberg, Germany.
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1. Spuren führen ins Ausland.
(Clues lead abroad.)

2. England ist der Mörder!
(England is the murderer!)

Note the names of those killed in the bombing at the Bürgerbräukeller on Nov. 9th are listed at bottom right.


November 10, 1939: Front page of The Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Bisheriges Ergebnis der Untersuchung.
(Previous results of the investigation.)

2. Der Bürgerbräukeller nach dem Anschlag.
(The Bürgerbräukeller after the attack.)

3. Anteilnahme der Staatsoberhäupter.
(Heads of states send condolences.)