World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Sunday January 4, 1942
Day 857

January 4, 1942: Front page of The People, London, England.
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Note the report in column 7: "Eight U-Boats Are Destroyed"
(This report was close to the truth, seven U-Boats had been sunk in recent days, but not in the last two days. The seven boats [ U-75, U-79, U-131, U-451, U-567, U-574 and the Italian Ammiraglio Caracciolo] were sunk between Dec. 17 and 28th.)


January 4, 1942: Front page of the Sunday Pictorial, London, England.
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January 4, 1942: Front page of The Sunday Post, Glasgow, Scotland.
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January 4, 1942: Front page of The Sunday Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Note the report in columns 4-5: "4 Warships Lost; Mines, Convoy Raid"
(The Admiralty announces the loss of HM warships Neptune, Kandahar, both sunk by mines. They did not mention that HMS Aurora and HMS Penelope had both been damaged in the same minefield. They also admit to the loss of HMS Audacity and HMS Stanley, sunk by U-boats while escorting convoy HG-76. Note how in the body of the report Audacity is described as an “auxiliary warship” rather than an escort carrier, which it was. The casualty figures for these losses were pretty high.
Neptune: 764 (only 1 survivor picked up by the Italians.)
Kandahar: 73.
Stanley; 136.
Audacity: 73.

The Germans lost three U-boats in the attack on convoy HG-76, these were not the U-boats mentioned in other reports. U-131, U-434 and U-574. The first two were sunk while trying to attack the convoy while U-574 was sunk soon after sinking HMS Stanley. Casualty figures for the U-boats was far less than those of the Royal Navy.
U-131: 0
U-434: 2
U-574: 2)
[More on the loss of HMS Neptune and HMS Kandahar here.]


January 4, 1942: Front page of The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report at top right: "San Francisco Blacked Out; Planes Heard"
Also note the report in column 3: "10,000 Nazis Killed In Surprise Attack, Moscow Radio Says"
(With the record of lies told by Radio Moscow, it is unlikely that this report is true.)


January 4, 1942: Front page of The Sunday Star-News, Wilmington, North Carolina.
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January 4, 1942: Front page of The Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Tennessee.
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January 4, 1942: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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January 4, 1942: Front page of The Ogden Standard Examiner, Ogden City, Utah.
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January 4, 1942: Front page of the Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California.
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January 4, 1942: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. USA.-Prestige durch Japans Waffensiege erschüttert - Bomben und Kanonen gegen Yankee-Prahlereien.
(USA.-Prestige shaken by Japan's arms victories - Bombs and guns against Yankee boasts.)




   
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