World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Tuesday, June 24, 1941
Day 663

June 24, 1941: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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June 24, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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Note the report in column 5: "Sugar For Jam-Making"


June 24, 1941: Front page of the Birmingham Gazette, Birmingham, England.
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Note the report in column 5: "R.A.F. Sink Destroyer At Beiruit"
(No Axis destroyers were sunk in June of 1941. A Vichy French destroyer was sunk on the 16th off Turkey by Royal Navy aircraft.)


June 24, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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Note the report in column 7: "Nazi Supply Ship Intercepted"
(The report states that the ship, SS Babitonga, had been intercepted. What the Admiralty did not say was that when the ship was located by HMS London, it was scuttled by its crew.)


June 24, 1941: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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June 24, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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Note the report in column 2: "Bernard Shaw Thinks Soviet Will Win"
(George Bernard Shaw believes Russia will easily destroy the Nazis. He is quoted as saying “Yesterday Britain and America faced the tremendous job of smashing Hitler with Russia looking on and smiling. To-day we have nothing to do but sit and smile while Stalin smashes Germany. Now you will see what will happen. Germany has not a dog's chance.”

In the end he was correct, Germany lost, but Stalin did not “smash” Germany on his own. He would have lost had it not been for Britain and the U.S.A. providing materials, weapons, food and everything else he needed to win. The only thing Stalin had in excess was human canon fodder, which he had in the millions, and he spent in the millions.

[For more about George Bernard Shaw see "Dilemma Of HIs Native Emerald Isle Discussed by George Bernard Shaw" in The Cedar Rapids Gazette of Jan. 5, 1941.]


June 24, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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June 24, 1941: Front page of The News, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
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June 24, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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June 24, 1941: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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June 24, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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Note the report in column 4: "Father of Lost Boy Telegraphs FDR"


June 24, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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June 24, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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June 24, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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June 24, 1941: Front page of The Havre Daily News, Havre, Montana.
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Note the report in column 7: "Rowdy, and New Boss"
(Rowdy, the fox terrier, saved from death, now a mascot of the U.S. Army Air Force at Hamilton Field, California.)


June 24, 1941: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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June 24, 1941: Front page of the Briesetal-Bote, Kreis Niederbarnim, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. Der Gegenschlag hat gesessen.
(The counterattack is a success.)
2. 2. Deutschlands weltgeschichtliche Mission.
(Germany's historical world mission.)


June 24, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Vorwärts von Petsamo bis Konstantza!
(Forward from Petsamo to Konstantza!)
2. Die erste Stunde des gigantischen Angriffs im Osten.
(The first hour of the gigantic attack in the east.)
Note the report in column 1: Deutschlands erfolgreichste Jagdflieger. (Germany's most successful fighter pilots.)
[Oberstleutnant Werner Mölders and Oberstleutnant Adolf Galland are awarded the Schwerter (Swords) for their Ritterkreuz (Knight's Cross) by Adolf Hitler. Galland finished the war with 104 combat victories, Mölders with 102. While Galland survived the war, Mölders, while flying as a passenger to the funeral of his friend Ernst Udet, was killed on Nov. 22, 1941 in a plane crash. They were buried side by side next to Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron" in the Invalidenfriedhof Cemetery in Berlin.]



   
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