World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Saturday, September 30, 1939
Day 30

September 30, 1939: Front page of the Dunkirk Evening Observer, Dunkirk, New York.
Note the story in column 2; British Expect New U-Boat Fleet To Begin Attack. In the body of the story they claim that as many as 20 U-boats have been sunk to date. This figure is 10 times the actual number. Only 2 U-boats had been sunk in the entire month of September.
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September 30, 1939: Front page of The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
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September 30, 1939: Front page of The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, Illinois.
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September 30, 1939: Front page of the Indiana Evening Gazette, Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Note the story in column 5; Fritz Kuhn Is Held In Tombs. [Fritz Kuhn was the leader of the German-American Bund and a supporter of Adolf Hitler. Kuhn was found guilty of embezzlement and sent to prison. He was released in June of 1943, but arrested again by the Federal Government as an enemy agent and spent the rest of the war in a detention camp in Texas. He was deported in 1945, but was arrested by the German government in 1947 and sent to prison where he remained until just before his death in 1951.]
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September 30, 1939: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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September 30, 1939: Front page of The Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.
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September 30, 1939: Front page of The Melbourne Herald, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Note the story midway on the right; Missing Pilot May Be Australia's First Casualty. [Wing Commander Ivan McLeod Cameron is still believed to be the first Australian casualty of WWII. He was shot down on Sept. 28, 1939 on a mission over Kiel, Germany.]
Also note the story; Higher Bail For U.S. Nazi Leader, this story is about the aforementioned Fritz Kuhn.
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September 30, 1939: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Teltow District, Germany.
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1. Erfolgreicher Handelskrieg unserer Kriegsmarine. 48 Dampfer von deutschen Zerstörern und Torpedobooten untersucht.
(Continued success in our navies war against merchant ships. 48 steamers stopped and examined by German destroyers and torpedo boats.)

2. Ubergabe des Brückenkopfes von Modlin.
(Modlin bridgehead handed over.)

3. 4 Punkte wurden in Moskau geklärt.
(4 points clarified in Moscow.)


September 30, 1939: Front page of Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Wie der britsche Lutfangriff abgeschlagen wurde.
(How the British air raid was repulsed.)

2. 2 Schwärme von zusammen 12 Maschinen versuchten, in deutsches Hoheitsgebiet einzufliegen.
( 2 swarms of 12 aircraft attempted to fly into German territory.)

3. Vier Punkte wurden in Moskau geklärt.
( Four points clarified in Moscow.)

4. Die gewaltieg Verantwortung der Westmächte. Neue internationale Stimmen zum Moskau-Pakt.
(The huge responsibility of the Western powers. New international voices on the Moscow Pact.)