World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Saturday, January 10, 1942
Day 863

January 10, 1942: Front page of the News and Chronicle, London, England.
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Note the report in column 4: "Cruiser Galatea Sunk by Torpedo"
(HMS Galatea was sunk by U-577 on Dec. 15, 1941 with the loss of 470 men. The Germans announced the sinking on Dec. 17th.)


January 10, 1942: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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January 10, 1942: Front page of The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Mercury, Leeds, England.
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January 10, 1942: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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January 10, 1942: Front page of the Evening Telegraph and Post, Dundee, Scotland.
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Note the report in column 3: "Brutal Attack On Dutch Ship"
(This report was true. The Dutch freighter Langkoeas, was sunk by the Japanese submarine I-58 on Jan. 3. After the ship was sunk, the commanding officer of the submarine, Lt. Cdr. Soshichi Kitamura rammed lifeboats and machine-gunned survivors in the water. This was not the first time a Japanese submarine commander had committed such an atrocity in the war. As early as Dec. 8, 1941 a Panamanian flagged ship named Donerail was sunk and the survivors were machine-gunned by the submarine. This would happen on many more occasions during the war. I don't know if Kitamura did this again, but he ended the war sinking only 5 ships for a total of 27,066 tons. He died in March of 1978.)
 
Also note the headline report: "Attack On Australia Forecast"
(Mr. Robert G. Menzies, the former Prime Minister, states that Australia would almost certainly suffer a direct physical attack. He was right, and it would happen soon. The Japanese would launch an air attack on Darwin on Feb. 19th.)


January 10, 1942: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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January 10, 1942: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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Note the report at top right: "Hitler Death Plot Story"
(The source for this report, the New York Post, has a most elaborate article detailing every aspect of a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The report was a complete lie, but its purpose may have been to sow descent between Hitler and his generals. Hitler did not trust the old Prussian Generals and a report like this would certainly put them on his watch list.)


January 10, 1942: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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January 10, 1942: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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Note the report in column 8: "In Doghouse"
(The report from Stockholm was not true, neither general had been dismissed. Wilhelm List was relieved of command by Hitler on Sept. 9 , 1942. He was replaced by von Kleist. List never returned to active service. He was arrested after the war and charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sentenced to life in prison in 1948, he was released, like so many other ex-Nazi officers, due to “ill health” in Dec. 1952. His health was good enough to keep him alive until Aug. 17, 1971.

This was not the first time the press reported that von Kleist had been in trouble with Hitler. In early Dec. 1941 there were reports that he had been “suspended' from his duties. Paul von Kleist was dismissed in Apr. of 1944, was implicated in the July 20 bomb plot [Operation Valkyrie] he was arrested by the Nazis, but later released. After the war he was arrested by the USA, transferred to the British, extradited to Yugoslavia, tried for war crimes and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. In 1948 he was extradited to the USSR, where he was tried again for war crimes. The Russians sentenced him to 25 years in prison. Ill health in a Russian prison was no reason to release an ex-Nazi, and von Kleist died of heart failure on Nov. 13, 1954.)


January 10, 1942: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the report in columns 7-8: "Hitler Reported Tightening Watch Over Goering"
(Radio Moscow, again quoting a “Turkish” source, claims Hitler had ordered the Gestapo to watch Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring. While in Nazi Germany everyone was under suspicion, reports that Göring was under a special watch is almost certainly false.)
Also note the report in column 5: "Wet Feet - Irish Shrink Ship To Boat"


January 10, 1942: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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January 10, 1942: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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January 10, 1942: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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Note the report in column 4: "Hunt Survivors Of Storm-Sunk Liner"
Also note the report at top left: "Boy Pays His National Debt"
(The report claims that Teddy Burton of Detroit sent President Roosevelt a check for $427.60 for his part of the national debt. I hope someone taught him that no matter how much he pays, it will never be enough. Since then the national debt has risen slightly. In 1941 the national dept was $43,000,000,000. That's forty-three billion dollars. Thanks to the irresponsible people elected by the citizens of the United States, the national debt is now $31,000,000,000,000. Thirty-one trillion dollars. If a child wanted to pay his or her part of the national debt now it would cost them $92,814. Tomorrow it will cost them more. As an example of failed leadership, when the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi came to Washington, the national debt was $2.5 trillion, when she left it was $31 trillion.)


January 10, 1942: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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January 10, 1942: Front page of the Tucson Daily Citizen, Tucson, Arizona.
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January 10, 1942: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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Note the report in column 5: "Joe Lewis Enlists In U.S. Army"
(Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Lewis volunteered for service in the U.S. Army at New York.)


January 10, 1942: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Kreis Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. Angriffe auf Malta-Flugplätz fortgesetzt.
(Attacks on Malta airfield continued.)


January 10, 1942: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. Die Folgen der Vasallenpolitik Churchills.
(The consequences of Churchill's vassal policy.)
2. England-das, Helgoland' der USA.
(England-the, Heligoland' of the USA.)



   
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