World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Saturday, November 4, 1939
Day 65

November 4, 1939: Front page of The Leeds Mercury, Leeds, England.

The top stories of the day were the dispute between Finland and Russia, the City of Flint saga and the repeal of the arms embargo by the U.S.A.

Also note the story in column 6: "O.B.E. For Man Who Tricked U-boat"
(These awards were the first gallantry awards for the Merchant Marine in World War II. SS Mopan would be in the news again in November when the ship became the first victim of the German cruiser Admiral Scheer.)
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November 4, 1939: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Note the story in column 1: "Nazi Massacre In Prague"

Also note the story in column 5: "Nazis Execute An American Citizen"
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November 4, 1939: Front page of the Evening Chronicle, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England.

Note the story in column 2: "Toll Of Nazi Terror In Poland Is Rising"
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November 4, 1939: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Note the story in column 8: "Nazi Attacks On Catholics"
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November 4, 1939: Front page of The Melbourne Herald, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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November 4, 1939: Front page of Het Volksdagblad, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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November 4, 1939: Front page of the Dunkirk Evening News, Dunkirk, New York.
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November 4, 1939: Front page of the Butte Montana Standard, Butte, Montana.

Note the story in column 3: "Japanese Hear Warning From American Envoy"
(This demonstrates the building tensions between the U.S. and the Japanese Empire.)
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November 4, 1939: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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November 4, 1939: Front page of The Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. Hamburg ehrt Prof. Fritz Schumacher.
(Hamburg honors Professor Fritz Schumacher

2. Sensationelle Entschließung: Englische Arbeiter fordern Ende des Krieg.
(Sensational announcement: English workers demand end to the war.)

Note the photo at top right of the sinking of the Athenia.
(Athenia was the first British ship sunk in World War II. Read more about Athenia here.)






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