World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Thursday, November 16, 1939
Day 77

November 16, 1939: Front page of the Grimsby Evening Telegraph, Grimsby, England.
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Note the headline: "Nazi-ism at the End of its Tether: Army Opposition"
(Nothing could have been further from the truth. It was true that Hitler was purging his general staff, but this was his plan all along. Hitler wanted complete control of all things, including the military and the only way to accomplish this was to discredit the military leaders and replace them, with himself. The thought that the Nazi party was on its way out was absurd. The real fighting had not yet begun.)
Also not the report in column 3: "Ribbentrop To Go?"
(Another fantasy on the part of the press which seemed to just make things up out of whole cloth.)
Also note the report in column 3: "Wreck That Keeps Lifeboatmen Busy"
(This is about the submerged wreck of SS Canada, which was sunk on Nov. 3rd.)
[See The Examiner, Nov. 8, 1939.]


November 16, 1939: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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November 16, 1939: Front page of The Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report in column 1: "Another Hitler Crony is Hiding"
(This report was actually true, Fritz Thyssen, an early supporter of Hitler and the Nazi party, fled Germany after the invasion of Poland. He was caught in Belgium after the Germans invaded and was sent to a concentration camp, where he spent the remainder of the war.)
 
Also note the report in column 5: "Al Capone Released"
(The release of one of America's most famous gangsters even made the British papers. It is covered more in the U.S. press below.)


November 16, 1939: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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November 16, 1939: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Note the report at top right: "Nazi Raider Is Suspected; Vessel Missing"
(The concern for the Newton Beech was quite correct, it had been sunk on Oct. 8, 1939 by the German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee.)


November 16, 1939: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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November 16, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, alberta, Canada.
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Note the report in column 1: "Japan Seeks to Cut Off China's Back Door"
Also note the report in column 7: "Offending Text Book To Be Revised"
(This report dovetails with the reports from yesterday about how the education system is used to promote propaganda to the children. The Nazis and the communists knew full well that if you could get to the children when they are young and fill their head with propaganda and lies, that they would have them for life. Once something is learned, it is very difficult to unlearn it, especially if it is taught to someone who is very young. Children look up to teachers because they are told that what a teacher tells you is true and you must learn from them. That's how the Nazis took an advanced, cultured society and convinced a generation of young people that it was acceptable to send millions of people to the gas chambers. It is well known that leftists are currently using the education system, especially in the U.S.A. to shape the minds of the younger generations. They have incorporated left-wing propaganda into the curriculum for decades, mostly surreptitiously, but now it is in the open.)
[See The Winnipeg Tribune and Stalin Unmasked for Nov. 15, 1939.]


November 16, 1939: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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November 16, 1939: Front page of Het Volksdagblad, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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November 16, 1939: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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Note the sub-headline and report at top left: "Justice Pierce Butler of Supreme Court Dead"
(I should not have to point out the parallel to modern times, but enough to say that the death of Justice Butler allowed President Roosevelt to appoint a liberal judge and shift the balance of court to the political point of view of the then current President and party in power.)


November 16, 1939: Front page of the El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas.
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Note the report at the top of column 4: "German Raider Sinks British Oil Tanker.
(The Africa Shell was sunk on Nov. 15th by the German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee.)
Also note the report in column 4: "Rumor Deutschland Sunk by British"
(The unconfirmed report of the sinking of the German cruiser Deutschland was not true.)


November 16, 1939: Front page of The Hammond Times, Hammond, Indiana.
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November 16, 1939: Front page of The Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque, Iowa.
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November 16, 1939: Front page of the Butte Montana Standard, Butte, Montana.
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Note the report in column 1: "Chinese Forces Battle Another Japanese Attack"


November 16, 1939: Installment #5 of "Stalin Unmasked" from the San Antonio Light, San Antonio, Texas.
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November 16, 1939: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Verordnung über Verbrauchsregelungfür Spinnstoffwaren heute verkündet.
(Regulations on consumption for textile goods announced today.)
2. England setz Bewaffnung der Handelsflotte fort.
(England continues to arm the merchant fleet.)