World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Saturday November 9, 1940
Day 436

November 9, 1940: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the headline and report in columns 3-4: "R.A.F. Heckle Hitler"
(The bombing of Munich that took place during Hitler's speech yesterday.)


November 9, 1940: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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November 9, 1940: Front page of the Birmingham Gazette, Birmingham, England.
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Note the report in column 5: "35,000-Ton Nazi Warship"
(The report states that for the first time photos of the Bismarck class battleships, Bismarck and Tirpitz, have been published in a German national newspaper. That is not entirely true as photos of the ships being launched were published in 1939.)


November 9, 1940: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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November 9, 1940: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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Note the report at top left: "Explosion Sinks Ship Off Australian Coast"
(This report was about the passenger ship Cambridge, which was sunk by a mine Nov. 7. The third paragraph in column 1 states; "Any rumours regarding the loss of any other vessel off the Australian coast are unfounded." So said the Minister for the Navy Mr. Hughes. But a second ship was sunk.)


November 9, 1940: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Note the headline: "Second Ship Is MIned Off Coast - U.S. Freighter Victim: One Life Lost"
(The SS City of Rayville was the first United States merchant ship sunk due to enemy action in the Second World War. Both ships (Cambridge and City of Rayville) had been sunk by mines laid by a ship the Germans named Passat. That ship was a former Norwegian freighter named Storstad, which had been captured by the German Hilfskreuzer Pinguin and converted into an auxiliary minelayer.)


November 9, 1940: Front page of The News, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
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November 9, 1940: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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Note the report in columns 4-5: "Number Ships Escape Nazi Surface Raider Admiralty Announces"
(This report is about the attack made by Admiral Scheer on convoy HX-84.)
[More about HMS Jervis Bay here.]


November 9, 1940: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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November 9, 1940: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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November 9, 1940: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in column 2: "Attack on Munich Followed Hitler Speech, Nazis Say"


November 9, 1940: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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November 9, 1940: Front page of The Helena Independent, Helena, Montana.
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November 9, 1940: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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November 9, 1940: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Der Sieg wird unser sein!
(The victory will be ours!)
2. Der Führerrede am Abend des 8. November.
(The Führer's speech on Nov. 8th.)


November 9, 1940: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Der Führer am Vorabend des 9.November
(The Führer on the eve of November 9th.)
[The importance of this is that night of Nov. 8/9 is the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch at the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich. Hitler spoke at the site of the putsch every year. This is why the R.A.F. were able to anticipate where Hitler was when they sent the bombers to Munich.)
 
2. Kompromißloser Kampf bis zur Entscheidung!
(Uncompromising fight until the decision!)
3. Adolf Hitler bei seiner AltenGarde in München.
(Adolf Hitler with his old guard in Munich.)



   
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