World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Wednesday July 31, 1940
Day 335

July 31, 1940: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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Note the report at top right: "Why News of Lancastria's Sinking Was Withheld"
(The Minister of Information, Duff Cooper, making a statement to the House of Commons, but it was not true. The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, ordered the news suppressed, it was not Duff Cooper's decision.


July 31, 1940: Front page of the Nottingham Evening Post, Nottingham, England.
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Note the report in columns 2-3: "Action Against Jews Foreshadowed"
(Whatever action that he was "foreshadowing" was not actually mentioned in the report.)


July 31, 1940: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of Haarlem's Dagblad, Haarlem, Netherlands.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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Note the report in columns 7-8: "Fascist Editor Tells Italian People Not To Expect Mass Attack"
(The Fascist editor, Virginio Gayda, is again in the American newspapers. This time he is telling the truth, whether he knew it or not. There would be no invasion of England. The reason for this is simple, Hitler never actually planned to invade England. He used this as a massive diversion for two reasons. One, to force England to tie down men and resources to repel an invasion that would never come. And two, he was preparing for the invasion of Russia, which was his real target from the beginning.)


July 31, 1940: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in column 1: "Conscription Bill Amended to Call Men 21 to 31"
Also note the report in columns 2-3: "Nazi Raider Escapes in Battle With British Merchant Cruiser"
(The Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Alcantara fought the German Hilfskreuzer (Auxiliary Cruiser) Thor. Later in the report the British government issues another warning about a gas attack. However, to the best of my knowledge, no belligerent nation used poison gas in combat during World War II.)


July 31, 1940: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, Brainerd, Minnesota.
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Note the report in columns 2-3: "Boiler Kid, Expecting Heir in September, 30 Years Old Today"
(The "Boiler Kid" known better now as the Man in the Iron Lung, has his 30th birthday.)


July 31, 1940: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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July 31, 1940: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Die Kanalküste ist erreicht.
(The Channel coast has been reached.)
2. Briten fliehen, von Luftwaffe verfolgt, nach England.
(British flee to England, pursued by the Luftwaffe.)


July 31, 1940: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Stuka=Angriff auf Dover.
(Stuka attack over Dover.)
2. 10.000-t-Kreuzer versenkt.
(10,000 Cruiser sunk.)
[The cruiser which was sunk at Dover was actually a destroyer, HMS Codrington.]



   
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