World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Sunday August 4, 1940
Day 339

August 4, 1940: Front page of The People, London, England.
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August 4, 1940: Front page of the Sunday Pictorial, London, England.
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August 4, 1940: Front page of the Sunday Telegraph, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Note the report in column 7: "French ban nude shows"
(Sun-bathing and 2-piece swimsuits are also banned. In addition, a morality censor will prevent newspapers from reporting on crime. This made me wonder, has such an order been imposed by the Biden administration in the current year? I wonder this because the left-wing media does not, in general, report on the massive increase in violent crime in democrat run cities. If there is no such order, you would think that the media would report the truth to the nation so that the problem could be remedied. If there is no such ban on this kind of reporting, one has to wonder why it is not being reported. Perhaps the left-wing media is covering for the intentionally harmful policies of the democrat party.)


August 4, 1940: Front page of The Sunday Mail, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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August 4, 1940: Front page of The Sunday Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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August 4, 1940: Front page of The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in column 6: "Newsmen on Tour Of Hamburg See No Pulverization"
(The British government made a number of exaggerated claims of the damage done to Hamburg and other German cities in recent bombings. This report stands in sharp contrast to those exaggerations. Making such exaggerated claims, which can be later shown to be false, undermines public confidence and is not good policy.)


August 4, 1940: Front page of The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, West Virginia.
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August 4, 1940: Front page of The Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Tennessee.
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August 4, 1940: Front page of The Escanaba Daily Press, Escanaba, Michigan.
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Note the report in column 4: "Negroes Ask Equal Chance In Combat, Defensive Training"
(Even with segregation and the deplorable way Black citizens were treated, they were still willing to stand up, fight and die for their country. Sadly, in today's world, all their leaders can do is to teach them to hate and tear down their country.)
Also note the report in columns 3-4: "Strange Story Clears Up Milwaukee BOmbing Plot"
(As the late, great, Paul Harvey would say, "Here is a Strange." This one gets my vote for best story of the day. Three men decide to extort $100,000 from a Milwaukee Sears & Roebuck store, so they place a small bomb at the location. Then they sent the store manager a note telling him of the planned explosion, also claiming a bomb, 200 times larger, will be placed there if he does not pay. The manager was instructed to drop the money, from an airplane, into Lake Michigan, where the three criminals would recover it in their home-made midget submarine and then escape. The small bomb did explode, the money was not paid, the midget submarine did not work and the three were arrested. If that is not enough, these guys had the cheek to by the tools they used to build the submarine... from the Sears store they blew up...ON CREDIT!!)


August 4, 1940: Front page of The Hammond Times, Hammond, Indiana.
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Note the editorial at bottom center: "Our Liberties Are the Stake"
(This opinion piece was written about the proposed third term of President Roosevelt, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution would prevent this from happening again. The most important part of this piece is how the writer defines the two political parties and outlines the differences between them. Even though this was written eighty-one years ago, it could have been written yesterday.)


August 4, 1940: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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August 4, 1940: Front page of the Butte Montana Standard, Butte, Montana.
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August 4, 1940: Front page of the Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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August 4, 1940: Life in Poland Under the Nazi Conquerors Published in The Evening Star, this is the first of a six part series, written by Michael Sobanski, from an account by Ira Wolfert. It is an uncensored account of the conditions in Poland under Nazi rule.
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August 4, 1940: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Hamburg pulverisiert!
(Hamburg pulverized!)
[Propaganda Minister Goebbels taking advantage of the overstated British reports of the damage done to Hamburg during British air raids.]
 
2. Das Wochenendgeskchenk Duff Coopers für die gequälten britischen Nerven.
(Duff Cooper's weekend gift for tormented British nerves.)
3. Das große Sterben der britischen Schifffahrt.
(The great death of British shipping.)
 
Note the photo of HMS Alcantara at bottom center.



   
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