World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Tuesday June 18, 1940
Day 292

June 18, 1940: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report in column 4-5: "Truth-the Nazi Way"
(This assertion by Mr. Sheean is completely absurd. As we know from history, there was never a Nazi invasion of England let alone the western hemisphere. This appears to be an obvious attempt to rally the public against the enemy, which in itself is not without merit. However, nobody seemed to ask exactly how Hitler could possibly invade to the west. I am certain that the people in the know were aware that Hitler had no real ability, in men or equipment or supplies, to invade any western territory, with the exception of the Channel Islands, which were undefended.

It's true that you must have public support for any war, but to use misinformation and lies to scare the public, I don't believe is the way this should be done. To exaggerate a threat (which is something governments do all the time) has had serious consequences throughout history, right up to today. How many years has the U.S.A. been in the Afghanistan? Just saying. In the Escanaba Daily Press tomorrow there is a report that officials in Michigan are asking the war department for anti-aircraft batteries along with 1,500 officers and men to defend Detroit from a Nazi air attack. Another completely absurd premise.)
Also note the report in column 6: "Children for Canada Plan Ready"


June 18, 1940: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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June 18, 1940: Front page of the Nottingham Evening Post, Nottingham, England.
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June 18, 1940: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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June 18, 1940: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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Note the report at bottom left: "Sank Italian Submarine"
(The report claims that an RAN destroyer sank an Italian submarine on June 13th. In official British documents it is stated that HMAS Stuart and HMAS Voyager conducted attacks against two Italian submarines and that the attacks were considered successful. However, no Italian submarines were sunk until June 17th, and that one by a French gunboat.)
Also note the report in column 3: "Lindbergh Answered"


June 18, 1940: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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June 18, 1940: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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June 18, 1940: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the report at bottom: "Canadian Liner Sinking After Blast"
(The ship hit a mine laid by the German Hilfskreuzer (auxiliary cruiser) Orion.


June 18, 1940: Front page of Haarlem's Dagblad, Haarlem, Netherlands.
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June 18, 1940: Front page of The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, Brainerd, Minnesota.
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June 18, 1940: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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June 18, 1940: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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June 18, 1940: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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Note the report in column 1: "Hope Of Victory Over Nazi Force Voiced By Chief"


June 18, 1940: Front page of the Butte Montana Standard, Butte, Montana.
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Note the report in column 5: "Soviet Russia Rushes Troops To New Bases"
[The report is concluded here.]


June 18, 1940: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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June 18, 1940: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Adolf Hitler in München.
(Adolf Hitler in Munich.)
2. Die Zusammenkunft des Führers mit dem Duce.
(The meeting between the Führer and the Duce.)


June 18, 1940: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Petain bitten um Frieden.
(Pétain asks for peace.)
2. Frankreich legt die Waffen nieder.
(France to lay down their arms.)
3. Zusammenkunft Führer-Duce.
(Meeting between the Führer and Duce.)



   
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