World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Monday August 5, 1940
Day 340

August 5, 1940: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of the Derby Evening Telegraph, Derby, England.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of the Daily Telegraph, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the photo of the Lancastria at bottom left.
(The sinking of the Lancastria, on June 17, 1940, was one of the greatest disasters at sea of all time. It is estimated that 4,000 to 5,000 people were lost with the ship.)
Also note the report in columns 7-8: "British Sink 15th Italian Submarine, Smash Aerodrome"
(In fact, only 9 Italian submarines had been sunk by British forces to date.)


August 5, 1940: Front page of Haarlem's Dagblad, Haarlem, Netherlands.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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Note the headline: Tides And Weather Point To Nazi Invasion Before Friday"
(The Associated Press misreads the tea leaves once again. There would never be a land/sea 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.)
 
Also note the report in column 8: "Pershing, Knox, Lindbergh Speak On Warfare"
Also note the report in columns 7-8: "Draft Quarrel Rages Unabated"


August 5, 1940: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in column 1: "Compulsory Military Training Bill Is Passed by Senate Unit, 13 to 3, With Minor Changes"
Also note the report in columns 3-4: "Coast Murder Probe Uncovers Red Plot to Overthrow U.S."


August 5, 1940: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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Note the report in column 5: "Anti-Semitic Riots In France"
Also note the report in columns 6-7: "Graf Spee's Interned Crew Fast Becoming Problem For Argentina"


August 5, 1940: Front page of The Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden City, Utah.
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Note the report in column 3: "L.A. Aviatrix Badly Injured In Utah Crash"
(The press had given her the nickname "Flying Godiva" following an incident in 1939 when she was flying, apparently in a state of undress, and had to scramble to get back into her clothes when her aircraft engine failed and she was forced to land in a field. Since she was dressed when she landed, I wondered how they knew the story. Well, she admitted that she liked to fly without her uniform [and other things] to enjoy the sunshine.)
[Read "Aviatrix Picks Bad Time, Place For Her Take-Off" from the Oakland Tribune of May 12, 1939.]


August 5, 1940: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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Note the report in column 2: "Flying Godiva Badly Hurt in Utah Air Crash"
(One of the reports that use the moniker Flying Godiva.)


August 5, 1940: Part 2 of Life in Poland Under the Nazi Conquerors, published in The Evening Star. This six part series, written by Michael Sobanski, from an account by Ira Wolfert, is an uncensored account of the conditions in Poland under Nazi rule.
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August 5, 1940: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Die Welt erlebt über Nacht die Erhebung Hamburgs aus Schutt und Asche.
(The world sees Hamburg rise from the ashes overnight.)
[Another piece in the German press mocking the British and their exaggerated claims about the damage done to Hamburg in air raids.]
 
2. In England werden keine bombardierten Orte gezeigt.
(No bombed locations are shown in England.)


August 5, 1940: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Richelieu feiert Auferstehung in Frankreich.
(Richelieu celebrates France's resurrection.)
Note the photo at bottom left of Kapitänleutnant Günther Prien and his U-47 returning to Kiel from his sixth war patrol. The tonnage of ships sunk is seen painted on the conning tower. It is about 15,000 more than he actually sank.)



   
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