World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Thursday, August 7, 1941
Day 707

August 7, 1941: Front page of the News and Chronicle, London, England.
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Note the report at top right: "Shot-Down R.A.F. Pilot Captured E-Boat"
(The report claims that a Hurricane pilot, after his aircraft was shot up and damaged, still managed to machine-gun the crew of an E-Boat and kill or wound the entire crew. Then after his aircraft crashed into the sea, he climbed out, boarded the boat, captured it and sailed it to Malta. I cannot say for sure that this did not happen, but I have no record of such an event.)
 
Also note the report in columns 4-6: "You Will Register for Milk Soon"


August 7, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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August 7, 1941: Front page of The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Mercury, Leeds, England.
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Note the report in column 4: "Battle Of Atlantic - July a Good Month for Britain"
(The report claims that the British sank 459,000 tons of enemy shipping, but that this total excludes many attacks on small classes of craft. The Lord Privy Seal, Clement Attlee, MP, believes that the “real” total is over half a million tons. While I do not have a German post war assessment of shipping losses, what I have in my database is reasonably accurate. I have been able to identify only 32,423 tons of German shipping lost due to British activity in July of 1941.)


August 7, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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August 7, 1941: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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August 7, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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August 7, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Note the report in columns 6-7: "Talk Of Hitler Resigning In Peace Offer"
(One of the most absurd reports in a while.)


August 7, 1941: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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Note the report in column 6: "Nazi Regime May Collapse In Autumn"
(U.S. Vice-President Henry Wallace told reporters at Green Mountain Falls, Colorado that Washington feels the Nazi regime will break down from internal troubles if the Russians hold out until the autumn. He is quoted as saying; “I won't elaborate, but you can draw your own conclusions.” And the conclusion drawn by the Australian Associated Press was the headline. Another prediction that failed to come true.)


August 7, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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August 7, 1941: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the report in columns 4-5: "New Infantile Paralysis List Stands At 19"
(Update on the current [2022] polio case in New York. This headline comes from NBC New York, Aug. 5, 2022; "Hundreds May Be Infected With Polio, NY's Top Doctor Says, urging Vaccinations."


August 7, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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August 7, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in column 2: "Bruno Mussolini Is Killed Testing Bomber in Italy."
Also note the report in column 3: "Prisoners Toiling For Nazis Placed At Three Million"
(This according to the Commerce Dept. I have no way of confirming this, but it would not be surprising.)
[Note in columns 5-7 on page 7 the report "Jeep Pioneer Shops Now Idle, Auto Man Tells Senate Group." The Bantam Company, who developed the U.S. Army's Jeep reconnaissance car, loses the bid for the 16,000 units the Army was buying to the Willys-Overland Company.]
 
Also note the report in column 4: "40-Mile Speed Limit Urged to Save Gasoline"


August 7, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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August 7, 1941: Front page of the San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas.
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Note the headline report: "Policeman Beats Up Attacker Of Girl, 11"
(Is it wrong to say, I rather miss those days. Of course, that kind of justice can and has been abused, but in some cases...)


August 7, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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August 7, 1941: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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August 7, 1941: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Kreis Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. Das Heldentum der deutschen Soldaten.
(The heroism of the German soldiers.)


August 7, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Der deutsche Soldat hat Uebermenschliches geleistet - Erbarmungslose Zertrümmerung der Sowjetheere.
(The German soldier has done superhuman things - Merciless crushing of the Soviet armies.)
2. Die zweite Etappe der Vernichtungsschlachten im Osten.
(The second stage of the extermination battles in the east.)
3. Durchbruch an drei entscheidenden Stellen.
(Breakthrough at three crucial points.)
Note the report in column 6: "Der Führer überreichte Antonescu das Ritterkreuz"
(The Führer presents the Ritterkreuz (Knight's Cross) to Antonescu.)
[One of Hitler's puppets, the leader of Romania and a man responsible for the murder of as many as half a million people, Ion Antonescu was convicted of war crimes and executed in 1946.]



   
Page published August 7, 2022