World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Thursday April 24, 1941
Day 602

April 24, 1941: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report in column 1: "Hungary Bans Jews"
(The latest anti-Jewish laws enacted by a Nazi Ally. Hungarian Jews are now excluded from social, political and spiritual endeavors.)


April 24, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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April 24, 1941: Front page of the Birmingham Gazette, Birmingham, England.
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Note the report at bottom left: "U.S. Urged Get Into War Now"
(An American journalist, living in Britain, makes his argument for American involvement in the European war.)


April 24, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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April 24, 1941: Front page of the Evening Telegraph and Post, Dundee, Scotland.
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Note the report in column 3: "New Battleship Ready For Action"
(The report was not entirely correct. HMS Prince of Wales was almost ready for action. In May of 1941 Prince of Wales was called upon to join in the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck. At that time the battleship still had workers from the shipyard on board making final adjustments. The ship was damaged in the Battle of the Denmark Strait when hit by shells from Bismarck and Prinz Eugen. After repairs were made Prince of Wales carried Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Iceland to meet with President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Atlantic Charter Conference. After this, the battleship was sent to Singapore. On Dec. 10, 1941 HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse were caught in open water by Japanese aircraft, both ships were sunk in the attack. These were the first battleships, in open water, even sunk by aircraft.)


April 24, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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April 24, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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April 24, 1941: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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April 24, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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April 24, 1941: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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April 24, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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April 24, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in columns 5-6: "Most of Human Race Barred From Sharing $500,000 Will"
(Mary Francis White, who died in Apr. 1939, stated in her will that each cousin should receive $1,000, so over 2,000 cousins, from all over the world applied. Finally, a judge, Jennings Bailey, decided with the plaintiffs that this was too ambiguous and “that the whole human race claiming mutual descent with Miss White from Adam & Eve, could claim $1,000 from the will.”


April 24, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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Note the report in column 3: "Every British Ally Has Been Defeated Lindy Tells Group"
(Charles Lindbergh speaking to the America First group, which he had joined the previous Thursday, is quoted as saying; “Its obvious that England is losing the war” and; “England has misinformed us” He also said; “…we have been led toward war by a minority of our people: this minority has a loud voice, but it does not represent the American people.”
Also note the report in column 2: "U.S. Is At War Now Committee Claims"
(In this report, in the column next to the report about Lindbergh telling us to stay out of the war, the Fight for Freedom Committee states that we are at war and should declare a state of national emergency and use our navy and air force to control the Atlantic. I would point out that no matter what Lindbergh or anyone else said, the U.S.A. would not get into the fight until it was directly attacked.

Just remember that before Dec. 7, 1941 Hitler had annexed Austria then invaded, conquered and occupied; Czechoslovakia, Poland, Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Greece, (including Crete,) Yugoslavia (which included Albania, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia,) Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine and the Soviet Union, right up to the gates of Moscow. Hitler intimidated Hungary into allowing German troops free passage through the country, an agreement that caused the Hungarian Prime Minister to commit suicide. Bulgaria and Romania had joined the Axis with Germany, Italy and Japan. Hitler had troops in Libya and Egypt while his Axis partner, Italy's Benito Mussolini, had occupied Eritrea, Ethiopia and Italian Somaliland. Hitler even occupied the Channel Islands, which is British territory and bombed England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for months, killing over 43,000 civilians and wrecking British cities. Hitler invaded all these nations before the end of 1941 and the United Kingdom nearly fell, but the U.S. did not send an army, did not send an air force nor did we send a navy to fight in Europe. The U.S.A. did not get into the fight until Dec. 8, 1941, the day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.)


April 24, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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Note the report in columns 5-6: "Minor Brawls Mark Lindy's Appearance"


April 24, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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April 24, 1941: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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April 24, 1941: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Immer mehr nähert sich der Krieg Athen.
(War is getting closer to Athens.)
2. Erregte Aussprache Churchills beim König.
(Excited discussion between Churchill and the King.)


April 24, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Die griechische Nordwestarmee hat kapituliert!
(The Greek Northwest army has capitulated!)
2. Bedingungslose Waffenstreckung der Truppen in Mazedonien und im Epirus.
(Unconditional surrender of arms by troops in Macedonia and Epirus.)



   
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