World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Wednesday, July 16, 1941
Day 685

July 16, 1941: Front page of the Nottingham Evening Post, Nottingham, England.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of the Evening Despatch, Birmingham, England.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of The Evening News And Southern Daily Mail, Portsmouth and Southsea, England.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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Note the report in column 8: "22 Died in Open Boat"
(The sad story is about the crew of the Empire Endurance, which was sunk by U-73 on Apr. 20, 1941.)


July 16, 1941: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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Note the report in column 4: "Light On Goering's Eclipse"
(Another report about Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring allegedly stepping down from command of the Luftwaffe. The whole report is complete tommyrot.)


July 16, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the report in column 3: "In Midst Of War Goering Makes Visit"
(Berlin says that Göring, apparently still head of the Luftwaffe, visited Linz, Austria.)


July 16, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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Note the report in column 6: "Hitler Awards Nazi Flier Signal Honor"
(Adolf Hitler awarded Oberst Werner Mölders the diamonds to his Knight's Cross. Mölders thus became the first man to be awarded the Eichenlaub mit Schwertern und Brillanten zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuz [Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds] in the Second World War. Only 26 others would receive this award. He had recently been in the news for besting the record of Manfred von Richthofen, “The Red Baron,” from the Great War. However, his glory would last only a short time, 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 in the Invalidenfriedhof Cemetery in Berlin.]
Also note the report in column 3: "27 Chaplains Get Iron Cross"
(Apparently Hitler was in a generous mood, giving out awards by the dozen.)


July 16, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in column 1: "Konoye Cabinet Quits in Japan; Stronger Policy Is Given as Aim"
(This move was designed to rid the Japanese government of Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka. Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe, who was displeased with Matsuoka's recent conduct, especially towards the United States, resigned, the entire cabinet also resigned, this included Matsuoka. After the resignation, Konoe was again named as Prime Minister, but he named Teijiro Toyoda as Foreign Minister, thus removing Matsuoka from office permanently. Matsuoka never held office again, but was arrested by the Allies after the war. Before he could be tried on war crimes, he died in prison.)
Also note the report in columns 2-3: "Matsuoka's Departure Is Seen Simplifying U.S. Problems"


July 16, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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July 16, 1941: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Kreis Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. Willkie bestätigt Roosevelts Schießbefehl an die USA.-Flotte.
(Willkie confirms Roosevelt's orders to the U.S. Fleet to fire.)


July 16, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Churchills neue Kämpfer für die Kultur.
(Churchill's new warriors for culture.)
2. Das Bündnis der Bankrotteuer.
(The Alliance of Bankruptcy Taxes.)
3. Plutokrat Churchill mit Sichel und Hammer Bolschewist Stalin mit Kruzifix und Zylinder.
(Plutocrat Churchill with sickle and hammer Bolshevik Stalin with crucifix and top hat.)
Note the report in columns 2-3: "Vier Offizieren das Eichenlaub verliehen" (Oak Leaves Awarded to Four Officers.)
(Four officers were awarded the Oak Leaves to their Knight's Crosses', the four were; Oberleutnant Werner Baumbach, who would later be awarded the Schwerter [swords,] Oberleutnant Oskar Dinort, Major Walter Storp and Korvettenkapitän Viktor Schütze of U-103. There seems however to me a typo. The same citation, crediting 200,000 GRT. of merchant shipping sunk, was used for both Schütze and for Baumbachg, who was a Luftwaffe officer. It is difficult to believe that Baumback could have single handedly sunk that much shipping with an aircraft.)



   
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