World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Monday, October 2, 1939
Day 32

October 2, 1939: Front page of The Sunderland Echo and Shipping Gazette, Sunderland, England.

Note the story in the right hand column:"British Ship Sunk by Armed Raider."
(These were the first reports of a German warship operating in the South Atlantic. The ship that was sunk, SS Clement, was the first ship sunk by the cruiser Admiral Graf Spee.)

Also note the story in column 2: "Nazi Radio on Mr. Churchill."
(The "unreported" loss that the story refers to is HMS Ark Royal. The story also continues the German propaganda attempting to put the blame for the sinking of the Athenia on Winston Churchill.] (See the Sept. 3, 2008 Daily Event.)
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October 2, 1939: Front page of The Salt Lake City Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Note the Ark Royal story also on the front page here. In fact HMS Ark Royal was not damaged during the air attack, and on this date was at Scapa Flow preparing to sortie into the South Atlantic, a fact, which for obvious reasons, would have been foolish for the British to reveal.
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October 2, 1939: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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October 2, 1939: Front page of the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Note the stories in the first columns about Russia pressuring Latvia and Lithuania.

Also note the headline about "Duce."
(Il Duce was the official title [much shortened] of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. In Italian Duce means leader, just as in German the word Führer means leader.)
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October 2, 1939: Front page of The Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque, Iowa.
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October 2, 1939: Front page of the El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso, Texas.
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October 2, 1939: Front page of The Ogden Standard Examiner, Ogden City, Utah.
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October 2, 1939: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Deutsch-italienische Berantungen in Berlin.
(German-Italian conference in Berlin.)

2. Letztes Nest polnische Widerstandes gefallen.
(Last nest of Polish resistance has fallen.)

3. Bedingungslose Ubergabe Helas.
(Unconditional surrender of Helas. [Hel, Poland]

4. Erste deutsche Truppen in Warschau eingerüdt.
(First German troops enter Warsaw.)

5. Der Führer zeichnete die Oberbefehlshaber des Feldzuges in Polen aus.
(The Führer honors the General Staff of the Polish campaign.)






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