World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Wednesday October 30, 1940
Day 426

October 30, 1940: Front page of the Nottingham Evening Post, Nottingham, England.
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[*Historical Note: On this day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, on campaign trail in Boston was quoted as saying I have said it before, but I will say it again; your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.]


October 30, 1940: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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October 30, 1940: Front page of the Derby Evening Telegraph, Derby, England.
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Note the report in columns 5-6: "German Executions In Poland"
Also note the report in column 4: "Warships At Gibraltar"
(Just a little note from the Germans, letting the British know they have eyes on The Rock. As foolish as the press is at reporting ship movements and locations, this was a foolish move by the Germans, to admit they have spies at Gibraltar. Well of course, that was no surprise, but still foolish to admit it.)


October 30, 1940: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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October 30, 1940: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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Note the report in column 2: "Mercury Ban Lifted"
(The Mexican government reverses the ban on exporting mercury to Japan. The embargo was announced only days before, on Oct. 23, making this one of the shortest embargos in history.)
 
Also note the report in column 3: "Greek Ships Ordered To British Posts"
Also note the report in column 7: "Bombs Destroy 32 London Churches"


October 30, 1940: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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October 30, 1940: Front page of The News, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
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Note the report in column 6: "Scharnhorst Said To Be Fitting Out At Kobe As Raider"
(The passenger ship Scharnhorst, not the famous German battleship of the same name, built in 1934 had been in Japan since the beginning of the war unable to return to Germany. The ship was bought by the Japanese and converted into the aircraft carrier Shinyo. She was sunk by USS Spadefish SS-411 Nov. 17, 1944.)


October 30, 1940: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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October 30, 1940: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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October 30, 1940: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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October 30, 1940: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in column 3: "American Pilot Killed As Japanese Fell Liner"
(Walter C. Kent of Kentwood, Louisiana, was flying a civilian aircraft for the China National Aviation Corp. when his aircraft was shot down by the Japanese. According to the report, this happened one day short of his 35th birthday.)
Also note the report in column 4: Greta Garbo Seeks U. S. Citizenship"


October 30, 1940: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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October 30, 1940: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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October 30, 1940: Front page of The Helena Independent, Helena, Montana.
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October 30, 1940: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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October 30, 1940: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Im vormarsch auf griechischen Gebiet Widerstand feindlicher Nachhuten gebrochen.
(Resistance of enemy rear guard collapsed while advancing on Greek territory.)
2. Schwierige Gebirgspfade.
(Difficult mountain trails.)


October 30, 1940: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Italiens Truppen überschritten die griechische Grenze.
(Italian troops cross the Greek border.)
2. Die ersten Ziele erreicht - Der Vormarsch geht weiter.
(The first goals are achieved - the advance continues.)



   
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