World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Sunday, October 1, 1939
Day 31

October 1, 1939: Front page of The Hammond Times, Hammond, Indiana.

Note the headline: "U-boats Given Free Rein"
(This is almost true and was made in response to the British arming their merchant ships. (See Sept. 26, 1939, The Daily Times-News, right hand column.) On Sept. 25 Hitler removed the restrictions placed on attacking French ships, but kept the other restrictions and ordered his navy to obey prize rules. On Sept. 30 Hitler reinforced the prize rules, but now allowed his navy to attack troopships. However he kept his restrictions on sinking passenger ships. That only lasted until Oct. 10 when Hitler allowed passenger ships that were in convoy or sailing without lights to be sunk. A further escalation by the British was made on Oct. 1 when they announced that merchant ships should attempt to ram U-boats whenever sighted, which was strictly against the prize rules. Hitler, on Nov. 14, issued orders that passenger ships could be sunk without warning provided they were known to armed. Further restrictions were dissolved over time, as it always was going to be and the unrestricted U-Boat war became reality once again.)
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October 1, 1939: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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October 1, 1939: Front page of The Sunday Messenger, Athens, Ohio.

Note the story at bottom right: "Millions of Polish Jews Facing Hazardous Life"
(This story details just some of the horrific conditions that Jews faced in Nazi Germany and the conquered lands. And only foreshadowed the unbelievable horror of what was to come.)
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October 1, 1939: Front page of The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, West Virginia.
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October 1, 1939: Front page of The Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas.
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October 1, 1939: Front page of The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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October 1, 1939: Front page of the Butte Montana Standard, Butte, Montana.
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October 1, 1939: Front page of The Escanaba Daily Press, Escanaba, Michigan.
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October 1, 1939: Front page of the Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California.

Note the story: "Communists Control C.I.O. Union, Says Dies Witness"
(Take special note of the list of Unions controlled by the Communists. Many are still in existence today, including the C.I.O, which is part of the AFL-CIO.)
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