World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Wednesday, August 13, 1941
Day 713

August 13, 1941: Front page of the News and Chronicle, London, England.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Mercury, Leeds, England.
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Note the report in column 2: "Rumanian Steamer Sunk"
(The Associated Press report out of Turkey states that the 5,700-ton Alba Julia had been torpedoed and sunk. I don't know if the ship had been hit by a torpedo, but I know it was not sunk. It survived the war, ended up in Soviet hands and disappeared from the shipping registers in 1960.)
Also note the report in column 1: "Ship Torpedoed by Two Submarines"
(A report from the Italian News Agency claims a 12,000-ton Norwegian tanker named Knudsen, was sunk off the Canary Islands. In fact, the ship was the Ida Knudsen, which was sunk by the Italian submarine Luigi Torelli. Five men were killed in the attack, there were thirty-three survivors. There was no other submarine involved.)


August 13, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of the Evening Telegraph and Post, Dundee, Scotland.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Note the report in columns 5-6: "Nazi Blasphemy In Czech Churches"


August 13, 1941: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the report in columns 1-2: "18 Epidemic Ebbs in City, Up in Country – Infantile Paralysis Cases Rise to 422"
(They are also reporting two new cases of sleeping sickness. The latest update I have on the possible polio outbreak in New York is that the virus has now been detected in the wastewater system of New York City itself.


August 13, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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August 13, 1941: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Kreis Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. Mißglückte Angriffe britischer Flieger.
(Unsuccessful British air raids.)
2. Zwei Sowjetarmeen völlig vernichtet.
(Two Soviet armies completely annihilated.)


August 13, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Moskau im Bombenhagel.
(Moscow in a hail of bombs.)
2. Smolensk - die Weltblamage Churchills.
(Smolensk - Churchill's world disgrace.)
Note the photo of Adolf Hitler in company with many of his Generals. These include Wilhelm Keitel, Gerd von Rundstedt and possibly Walther von Brauchitsch. In yesterday's Press and Journal there was Russian propaganda report entitled "Nazi Generals in Disgrace," which stated that Keitel and von Brauchitsch had not been mentioned in the latest Nazi communique. Later in the report they state "All Generals who did not approve of Hitler's plan of the war against the U.S.S.R. have been arrested or dismissed from their command and given new appointments. It is possible that this photo was released to assure the German public that Hitler and the General Staff were still in good standing with each other. There is no date on the photo and I have no idea when the photo was taken.



   
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