World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Sunday July 13, 1941
Day 682

July 13, 1941: Front page of The People, London, England.
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Note the report in columns 7-8: "Good News Of Ocean War - We're Sinking Their U-Boats"
(First Lord of the Admiralty Albert Victor Alexander, said that Britain “had particularly successful operations against German submarines in the past few weeks.” He refused to state how many U-boats had been sunk, citing secrecy from the enemy, which is a perfectly valid reason. However, we know now that only four U-boats had been sunk by the British since June 1, 1941.)
Also note the report in columns 2-3: "U.S. Destroyer Drops Depth Charges Near U-Boat"
(Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox and the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Harold Stark, both deny that a U.S. Navy destroyer dropped depth charges on a German submarine and that other U.S. Navy ships had been in action against German warships. They said that the destroyer had dropped depth charges only as a warning to the submarine. That was somewhat true, on Apr.11 USS Niblack DD-424 had dropped three depth charges on what they thought was a German submarine. However, it was later determined that there was no submarine in the area. This was the only known action that was taken by the U.S. Navy against a suspected German target. The first confirmed action between the U.S. Navy and the German Navy took place on Sept. 4, 1941 when U-652 fired two torpedoes at USS Greer DD-145. Greer dropped a pattern of depth charges, but did not damage the boat.)


July 13, 1941: Front page of the Sunday Pictorial, London, England.
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July 13, 1941: Front page of The Sunday Post, Glasgow, Scotland.
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Note the report in column 4: "No Eggs Hold Up!"


July 13, 1941: Front page of The Sunday Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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July 13, 1941: Front page of The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C.
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July 13, 1941: Front page of The Sunday Star-News, Wilmington, North Carolina.
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July 13, 1941: Front page of the Detroit Times, Detroit, Michigan.
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July 13, 1941: Front page of The Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Tennessee.
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Note the report in columns 1-3: "They Also Serve Who Only Stand And Wait"


July 13, 1941: Front page of The San Antonio Light, San Antonio, Texas.
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July 13, 1941: Front page of The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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July 13, 1941: Front page of the Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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July 13, 1941: Front page of the Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California.
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July 13, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Immer die alte Leier. London schreit wieder einmal Sieg!
(Always the same old tune. London screams victory once again!)
2. Die Galgenfrist bis zur nächsten OKW.-Meldung wird ausgenützt.
(The gallows period until the next OKW report is used.)
3. 12 Spitfire abgeschossen - Tobruk und Port Said bombardiert.
(12 Spitfire shot down - Tobruk and Port Said bombed.)



   
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