World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Saturday, July 5, 1941
Day 674

July 5, 1941: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report in column 5: "Destroyer Sunk, But All Saved"
(HMAS Waterhen was damaged by German aircraft off Tobruk, Libya on June 29. The ship was taken in tow, but sank on the 30th.)
Also note the report in column 2: "783 Lives Saved in Six Months"
(The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) responded 419 times saving 783 lives.)


July 5, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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Note the report in columns 4-5: "Russians Check Panzer Drive To the East, Germans Heavily Defeated in Big Tank Battle - 700,000 Nazi Casualties"
(The Russians claims that 700,000 Nazis were killed or wounded. since the invasion began. According to Wikipedia, the total figures for Operation Barbarossa from June 22, 1941 until Dec. 5, 1941 were:

German casualties;
186,542 killed
40,157 missing
655,179 wounded.

Russian casualties;
566852 killed
235,339 died of non-combat causes.
1,336,147 sick or wounded in combat and non-combat.
2,335,482 missing or captured.

Add to that;
Romanian casualties: 39,000 dead and missing, 75,000 wounded.
Italian casualties: 8,700 killed and wounded.
Finnish casualties: 5,000 Killed and wounded.
Hungarian casualties: 4,420 Killed and wounded.

Material losses were;
Germany: 2,827 aircraft and 2,735 tanks.

Russia: 21,200 aircraft and 20,500 tanks.


July 5, 1941: Front page of The Evening News And Southern Daily Mail, Portsmouth and Southsea, England.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of the Evening Telegraph and Post, Dundee, Scotland.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of the Daily Telegraph, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of The News, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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Note the report at bottom center: "Magnetic Earth Currents Paralyse Wire And Wireless"
(A coronal mass ejection or solar flare apparently hit earth.)


July 5, 1941: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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Note the report in column 2: "Nazis Thwarted By Sinking Ship"
(Canadian Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie-King, stated that the Germans intended to use the battleship Bismarck to capture the “northern bridge” between Europe and America. This is a perfect example of a politician making statements, without any facts, on a subject that they know nothing about. Of course, he was completely wrong.)
Also note the report in column 2: "Reds Banned - Communists Refused Use of Schools"
(The Berkeley, California Board of Education announced that communists would not be allowed to use a public school building for meetings. What a difference 81 years makes.)


July 5, 1941: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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July 5, 1941: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Kreis Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. 20 000 sowjetische Uber;äufer bei Minsk.
(20,000 Soviet defectors near Minsk.)
2. Die Ostfront zügig vorwärts.
(The eastern front briskly forward.)


July 5, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Unaufhaltsame Verfolgung an der ganzen Front.
(Unstoppable pursuit all along the front.)
2. Ungeheuerliches Verbrechen britischer Soldaten. Von einem brennenden Schiff sich rettende Deutscher im Wasser ermordet.
(Outrageous crime committed by British soldiers. Germans trying to save themselves from a burning ship were murdered in the water.)
[The report refers to an action by HMS Torbay, under the command of Lt. Commander Anthony C. C. Miers, RN. It was true that Miers had his men shoot German soldiers in the water and in small craft after sinking their vessels. Exactly how many were killed is not known to me. This happened on at least three occasions between July 4 and 10.

The Germans equated this to the Baralong Incident of the Great War when the Q-Ship, HMS Baralong, sank SMS U-27 then shot all the survivors in the water. None of the thirty-seven-man crew survived. A second incident involving HMS Baralong occurred when the Q-Ship sank SMS U-41. While the survivors were not shot, a lifeboat with survivors was run down by the ship. There were only two survivors from the thirty-seven man crew.]
Note the photo at top right of Adolf Hitler presenting Oberleutnant Werner Mölders the Schwertern [Swords] to his Ritterkreuz [Knight's Cross.]



   
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