World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Friday, July 4, 1941
Day 673

July 4, 1941: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report in column 1: "Ace Fell Out Of Pack"
(U-99 [Kapitänleutnant Otto Kretschmer] was attacked and sunk by HMS Walker on Mar. 17, 1941. Kretschmer and thirty-nine of his crew were rescued, only two men were lost. Kretschmer was the top scoring U-boat commander of World War II, sinking 46 ships for over 270,000 tons. Which makes him the second highest scoring submarine commander in history. Kapitänleutnant (later Vizeadmiral) Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière sank 195 ships for an astonishing 455,000 tons during the Great War. Kretschmer may have caught him by tonnage had he had been at sea longer. He did all his damage in only a year and a half from Oct. 1939 to Mar. 1941.)


July 4, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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Note the report in column 5: "Jews Will Fight"
(Col. Morris J. Mendelsohn, president of the New Zionist Organization of America, said on his arrival at Cape Town, South Africa that “…there are at least 50,000 young citizens of the United States ready to form the nucleus of a Jewish army to fight on the side of the Allies.”)
Also note the report in column 6: "Retail Rationing"


July 4, 1941: Front page of the Evening Despatch, Birmingham, England.
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July 4, 1941: Front page of The Evening News And Southern Mail, Portsmouth and Southsea, England.
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Note the report in column 5: "V.C's Won in Bayonet Charge"
(Two posthumous Victoria Crosses awarded, one to Corporal John Hurst Edmondson, the first Australian to be awarded a Victoria Cross in World War II. The second to Subadae Richpal Ram of the Sixth Rajputana Rifles, Indian Army. The second Victoria Cross awarded to a member of the Indian army.)


July 4, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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July 4, 1941: Front page of the Evening Telegraph and Post, Dundee, Scotland.
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Note the report at top right: "Memorial to U.S. Pilot - Independence Day Tribute"
(A memorial plaque to Pilot Officer William Mead Lindsley Fisk, RAFVR of 601 Squadron, who died in service on Aug. 17, 1940 was unveiled. Fisk was the first American-born pilot to die in the Royal Air Force.)
Also note the report in column 4: "Dutch V.C. for Seaman"
Also note the report in column 4: "Dutch Slaughter Livestock - Keep Produce from Nazis"
(According to a man named Rosskamp, the leader of the Dutch Agricultural Front, many Dutch subjects are killing their livestock, illegally, to keep it from falling into Nazi hands. He is quoted in the last sentence as saying; "We shall exterminate them." So the Dutch must fear the Nazis and their own people who are collaborating with the Nazis.)


July 4, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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July 4, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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July 4, 1941: Front page of The News, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
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Note the report in column 4: "Cholera Raging In Crete"


July 4, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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July 4, 1941: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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July 4, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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July 4, 1941: Front page of The San Antonio Light, San Antonio, Texas.
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Note the photos at top right: "Nazi Raider Sinks Freighter"
(The photos reportedly show the freighter Kemmendine being sunk by the German Hilfskreuzer [auxiliary cruiser] Atlantis on July 13, 1941.)


July 4, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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July 4, 1941: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Kreis Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. Fast 12,5 Millionen BRT. versenkt.
(Almost 12.5 million GRT. sunk.)
2. Grauenhafte Morde der GPU. in Lettland. Tausende von Letten verschleppt und ermordet.
(Horrific murders by the GPU. in Latvia. Thousands of Latvians abducted and murdered. One really has to laugh at the German outrage over the murders of Latvians. Considering what the Einsatzgruppen were doing in the east.)
[The mention of the GPU was probably incorrect. The GPU was the Russian secret police, but they were replaced by the OGPU in 1923. The OGPU was replaced by the NKVD in 1934.]


July 4, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Im Juni verlor England 768.950 BRT.
(In June England lost 768,950 GRT.)
[The actual number for June was 60 ships for 268,548 GRT. As usual, the German propaganda more than doubled the real figure.]
 
2. Widerstandskraft der Sowjetarmee gebrochen.
(Soviet Army resilience broken.)



   
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