World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Saturday May 31, 1941
Day 639

May 31, 1941: Front page of the Nottingham Evening Post, Nottingham, England.
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Note the report at bottom right: "The Egg Ration - How The Scheme Will Work"


May 31, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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Note the report in column 6: "Freyburg Alive: With His Troops"
(Lieutenant-General Bernard Cyril Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg, VC, GCMG, KCB, KBE, DSO & Three Bars reported killed in a plane crash yesterday, is alive and well.)


May 31, 1941: Front page of the Birmingham Gazette, Birmingham, England.
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Note the report in column 2: "Schmeling Said To Be Alive"
(Former world heavyweight boxing champion Max Schmeling, reportedly killed in Crete, is now reported to be alive. That was true, in fact, he lived until 2005, only eight months short of 100 years.


May 31, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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May 31, 1941: Front page of the Evening Telegraph and Post, Dundee, Scotland.
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Note the report in column 2: "Ex-Kaiser's Condition Very Grave - Premature Announcement of Death"
Also note the report in column 4: "World's Smallest Ruler Dead"
(Ex-King of Siam Prajadhipok, died in England at the age of 47.)


May 31, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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May 31, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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May 31, 1941: Front page of The News, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
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Note the report in column 8 "Germans Capture Three Whaling Ships"
(The report is a little understated. The German Hilfskreuzer [auxiliary cruiser] Pinguin actually captured those three ships along with Pol VIII, Pol IX, Pol, X, Star XIX, Star XX, Star XXII, Star XXIII, Star XXIV and Torlyn. An entire Norwegian fishing fleet.)


May 31, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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May 31, 1941: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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May 31, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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May 31, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in columns 2-4: "Bismarck Reported as Warship Of 50,000 Tons, 2,400 Aboard"
Also note the report in column 3: "Ex-Kaiser Much Better; Fears for Life Eased"


May 31, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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Note the report in column 4: "Film Pair Missing In Bahamas Area"
(The duo, Madeleine Carroll and Stirling Hayden, were found safe and sound.)


May 31, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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Note the report in column 3: "Hess Friend Commits Suicide in Norway"
(Even though they don't have the correct name, the report refers to Generaladmiral Hermann Boehm, who was commander of German naval forces Norway from Apr. 1940 until Mar. 1943. Just like Freyberg, Schmeling and the movie stars above, he wasn't dead either. He survived the war and died in 1972.)


May 31, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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May 31, 1941: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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May 31, 1941: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Sieg auf Kreta - strategischer Wendepunkt.
(Victory in Crete - strategic turning point.)


May 31, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Feindwiderstand zusammengebrochen - Eroberung Kretas vor dem Abschluß.
(Enemy resistance collapsed - Conquest of Crete nearing completion.)



   
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