World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Thursday March 27, 1941
Day 574

March 27, 1941: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report in column
[Historical note: On this day Adolf Hitler issued an order to invade Yugoslavia. After Yugoslavia joined the Axis, against the wishes of the people and the King, 17-year-old King Peter and the military led a coup and overthrew the government. This enraged Hitler because he needed Yugoslavia on his side so he could help the Italians with campaign in Greece. Hitler put off the invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa) for this reason. The months-long delay caused by this decision may have cost Hitler the war in the east, which was always his true objective. Because he waited until June to invade the USSR, his armies got caught in the Russian winter and was ultimately defeated.]


March 27, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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March 27, 1941: Front page of the Birmingham Gazette, Birmingham, England.
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Note the headline report: R.A.F. Plane Torpedoes and Sinks Nazi Ship in Moonlight"
(The report also claims that HMS Sturgeon sank a German 8,000 ton tanker. Sturgeon did fire on a tanker, but missed. I have no record of the RAF sinking a German ship on or about Mar. 26th.)
Also note the report in column 7: R.A.F. -Laid Mines Sink 100 Ships - Kiel Canal Closed"

(The report claims that there is "concrete proof" that "well over 100 German merchant and war vessels have been destroyed as a result." It is difficult to determine how long it took for over 100 German ships to be sunk by mines, but it was not a quick process. The Germans, like the British, cleared minefields as quickly as they were identified. It was rare that a minefield would account for a high number of ships being sunk exactly for this reason. It was true that the Kiel Canal was closed on several occasions because of ships sunk by mines, but the report makes it seem like the 100 ships had been sunk in short order recently, which was not true. The report also claims that HMS Sturgeon sank an 8,000-ton German ship, which was not true. Sturgeon did fire on a German ship, but the torpedoes missed.)



March 27, 1941: Front page of the Evening Telegraph and Post, Dundee, Scotland.
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March 27, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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March 27, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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March 27, 1941: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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Note the report in columns 2-3: "We Shall Win, But Sooner U.S. Can Help Shorter Job Will Be"
(So says the British Ambassador to the U.S.A. Lord Halifax, sounds a lot like Volodymyr Zelenskyy today. We did not help England fight the war until we were attacked by Japan, no matter how many pleas were made, no matter how many civilians were killed by German bombers and we won't help Ukraine today, no matter how many cities are destroyed, no matter how many civilians are killed, no matter how many times Zelenskyy asks for help, we will not help, we will just say how much we “stand with Ukraine” but we will stand way in the back so we don't get hurt.)


March 27, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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Note the report in columns 3-5: "19 Men Die As H.M.C.S. Otter Swept By Fire; 22 Saved"
Also note the report in column 6: "Col. Donovan Speaks Out"
(In his speech he was quoted as saying something that could have been said today about the Russo-Ukrainian War. He said; it was “Foolishness to believe that it is for us to choose whether or not we will be attacked by Nazi Germany or that we can avoid attack if we will avoid provocation. A dozen European countries prove the foolishness of that belief.” He declared “We have no choice as to whether or not we will be attacked, that choice is Hitler's and he has already made it – not for Europe only, but for Africa and Asia and the world. Our only choice is to choose whether or not we will resist. And to choose in time while resistance is still possible, while others are still alive to stand beside us.” While he was speaking about Hitler, this could easily be said about Putin today.)


March 27, 1941: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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March 27, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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March 27, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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March 27, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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Note the report in column 5: "American Convoys Needed By Britain Donovan Implies"
Note installment number 4 of "Both Sides of the War" a multi-part series by United Press reporters Joe Alex Morris and Lyle C. Wilson.


March 27, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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March 27, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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March 27, 1941: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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March 27, 1941: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. 38 500 BRT gestern vernichtet.
(38,500 GRT destroyed yesterday.)
2. Japan mit euch in Freud und Leid!
(Japan with you in joy and sorrow!)


March 27, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Japans Außenminister in Berlin.
(Japan's foreign minister in Berlin.)



   
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