World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Saturday, January 5, 1942
Day 858

January 5, 1942: Front page of the News and Chronicle, London, England.
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January 5, 1942: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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Note the report in column 8: "Japs Lose 52,000 at Changsha"
(As with most events in China at this time, the true facts are not and probably will not ever be known. The Japanese reported less than 2,000 dead while the 52,000 number was the number given by the Chinese.)


January 5, 1942: Front page of The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Mercury, Leeds, England.
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January 5, 1942: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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January 5, 1942: Front page of the Post and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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January 5, 1942: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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Note the report in column 2: "Four Ships Lost, 8 U-Boats Sunk"
(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 report of 8 U-Boats being sunk was close to true, the number was seven, six German and one Italian. Of the seven boats lost, three, U-131, U-434 and U-574, were lost attacking convoy HG-76, one, U-574 just after sinking HMS Stanley. The other four boats were lost in the Mediterranean Sea, they were; U-75, U-79, U-567 and the Italian Ammiraglio Caracciolo.)
[More on the loss of HMS Neptune and HMS Kandahar here.]


January 5, 1942: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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January 5, 1942: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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January 5, 1942: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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January 5, 1942: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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January 5, 1942: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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January 5, 1942: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in column 6: "Coca-Cola Firm Starts Rationing in Chattanooga"
(Rationing due to sugar shortages.)


January 5, 1942: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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Note the report in columns 4-5: "Whites In Manila Harshly Treated]


January 5, 1942: Front page of the San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas.
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Note the headline: "Chinese Kill 30,000 Japs"
(This report has the same source as the report above claiming the number of Japanese killed was 52,000, the Associated Press.)
Also note the report in columns 2-3: "Tire Rationing Forms Wait Because Postage Is Lacking"
(The envelopes needed to comply with the rationing reporting were unavailable because the federal government failed to get them to the state. Eighty-one years later, I went to my post office on Tuesday and they had no stamps. My how things have changed.)
[For more on tire rationing see “Tire Boards Start Rationing Duties Tuesday” on page 4 of The Bakersfield Californian here.]


January 5, 1942: Front page of the Tucson Daily Citizen, Tucson, Arizona.
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January 5, 1942: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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Note the report in column 2: "Bridges Not to Be Deported"
 
Also note the report at top right: "Men 20-44 Must Register Feb. 16"


January 5, 1942: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Kreis Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. Ueberwältigendes Ergebnis der Pelz- und Woll-Sammlung - Schon 1260 Waggons unterwegs - Die Sammlung um eine Woche verlängert.
(Stunning result of the fur and wool collection. Already 1260 wagons on the way - the collection extended by one week.)


January 5, 1942: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Überwältigender Erfolg der Wintersachensammlung. Vorläufig schon 32 Mill. Stück gespendet.
(Smashing success of winter supply collection. For the time being, 32 million units have already been donated.)



   
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