World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Tuesday July 16, 1940
Day 320

July 16, 1940: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report in column 7: "Tokyo Cabinet Is Sacked By Army"
Also note the report in column 4: "Ministry to Check Rising Food Price"


July 16, 1940: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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July 16, 1940: Front page of the Nottingham Evening Post, Nottingham, England.
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Note the report in column 6" Little Boy Gave Alarm"
(Another sad report, this time a woman in Derby, England, Evelyn Hart, attempted to kill her five children and herself using the gas from the oven. Fortunately, her nine-year-old son got out the front door and yelled "She's gassing us" and two men responded, kicked the door in and rescued them before any damage had been done. Only six days previous, Louise Nicosia, killed her six children with gas from the oven, she died on July 15th.)
Also note the report in column 6: "Dried Peas And Beans - Prices To Be Controlled"


July 16, 1940: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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Note the report in column 3: "Italy Wants Mona Lisa"


July 16, 1940: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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July 16, 1940: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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July 16, 1940: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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July 16, 1940: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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Note the report in columns 7-8: "Force 600,000 Men Hundreds Of Ships Awaiting Signal"
(This Associated Press report seems to be one of the more absurd reports as of late. They are telling the public that the Germans have 600,000 troops ready to invade England. This must have terrified the British public. The report also states that the Germans have hundreds of ships ready to sail for the invasion. Apparently, according to the report, the Germans have strategically placed these hundreds of ships along the coast between Breast, France and Bergen, Norway. This is certainly a clever way to disguise an invasion, position your ships along a 1,000-mile coastline with the Skagerrak separating them. The report also states that the invasion, which has been delayed, might be launched on Friday next, that would be within three days of this report.

I wonder if any editor bothered to ask if there was any evidence that 600,000 troops were in position to launch an invasion? Or if an editor asked how many ships would be required to transport 600,000 troops across the English Channel and the North Sea? Maybe the editor asked, where are the landing craft? Where are the escorts which would be needed? Or did the reporter expect the British would allow these German ships to come into Southampton, Portsmouth, Newcastle or Plymouth and use the docking facilities to disembark while the Royal Navy just watched them sail by? Did nobody ask any questions about the veracity of such a report? I guess they did not, because if they had, it would never have been published.)
Also note the report at bottom center: "Postponement Of Plan To Evacuate Children Brings Storm Of Protest"


July 16, 1940: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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July 16, 1940: Front page of Haarlem's Dagblad, Haarlem, Netherlands.
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July 16, 1940: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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Note the report at top left: "Trial Balloon Peace Offer Is Floated By Axis"
(The same Associated Press, which wrote the report that Germany was just about to invade England with 600,000 men and hundreds of ships, is reporting, on the same day, that Hitler now wants a peace deal.)


July 16, 1940: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report at bottom right: "Monster Turns out to Be Hoax To Scare Watermelon Raiders"
(I Just had to point this one out, any report that begins with "The fierce, roaring, gargantuan monster..." is a must read.)


July 16, 1940: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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Note the report in column 4: "Death Toll In Pennsylvania Mine Disaster Mounts To 63"


July 16, 1940: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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July 16, 1940: Front page of The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, Brainerd, Minnesota.
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Note the report at bottom right: "Body Of Youthful Giant to Alton for Funeral"
(The funeral arrangements for Robert Wadlow, the "World's Tallest Man" who died on July 15th..


July 16, 1940: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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July 16, 1940: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Landungspanik überschlägt sich!
(Landing panic overwhelming!)
2. Wieder über 50 000 BRT durch U=Boot u. Luftwaffe versenkt.
(Again over 50,000 BRT sunk by U-boats and the Luftwaffe.)


July 16, 1940: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Die Kanal - die Mausefalle.
(The Channel - the mousetrap.)
2. Wieder mehr Handelsschiffe mit 17.000 BRT versenkt.
(Again three merchant ships at 17,000 BRT sunk.)
Note the photo of the Italian battleship Conte de Cavour at top right.



   
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