World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Tuesday, July 29, 1941
Day 698

July 29, 1941: Front page of the Nottingham Evening Post, Nottingham, England.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of the Evening Despatch, Birmingham, England.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of The Evening News And Southern Daily Mail, Portsmouth and Southsea, England.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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Note the report in column 7: "Finland Breaks With Britain"


July 29, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Note the report in column 5: "Suicide Of Hess' Friend"
(It is reported that Professor Karl Haushofer, a friend of Rudolf Hess, has committed suicide in a concentration camp. He was in Dachau, but he had not committed suicide. He died in March of 1946.

This is the second false report oF a "Hess friend" said to have committed suicide. The first was on May 31, 1941 when the press reported the death of Generaladmiral Hermann Boehm, who was commander of German naval forces Norway.


July 29, 1941: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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July 29, 1941: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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Note the report in column 6: "Knox Admits Diver Attack"
(This event occurred on Apr. 11th, but it was a one-sided attack. USS Niblack DD-424, after picking-up the survivors of the Dutch steamship Saleier on Apr. 11th, which had been sunk by U-52 on the 10th, picked up a sound contact and dropped three depth charges against what they thought was a German U-boat. If there had been a U-boat, this would have been the first hostile action between the United States and Germany, but there was no U-boat. Even though U-52 had sunk the Saleier on the 10th, they immediately left the area. Kapitänleutnant Otto Salman, the commanding officer of U-52, makes no mention in his war diary of being attacked on that date. According to the German Naval High Command, no other U-boat was in the area, and no other U-boat reported an attack on this date. The U.S. Navy later concluded that the attack had been against a false target.

The first confirmed action between the United States and Germany was not until Sept. 4, 1941 when USS Greer DD-145 was fired on by U-652. Both torpedoes missed, but Greer dropped depth charges against the U-boat.

In a strange twist of fate, On Oct. 31, 1941, Niblack was one of the ships which rescued survivors from the USS Reuben James DD-245, which was the first U.S. Navy ship sunk by enemy action in World War II.)


July 29, 1941: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Kreis Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. Roosevelt ist als Fälscher entlarvt.
(Roosevelt has been exposed as a forger.)
2. Stalins Sohn sagt aus.
(Stalin's son testifies.)


July 29, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Der Fall Belmonte - Roosevelt der Fälschung über führt.
(The Belmonte case - Roosevelt convicted of forgery.)
2. Die Schlacht von Smolensk vor dem Ende.
(The battle of Smolensk nears the end.)
Note the photo at bottom right of Adolf Hitler and Werner Mölders.

(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.)




   
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