World and War News



World and War News


German propaganda news from Berlin. The lead article refers to the plot to assassinate Hitler. Home news in brief is a collection of negative stories about Britain.



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BERLIN JULY 30, 1944


An official German statement was published on 20th July as follows: “An attempt was made on the life of the Fuehrer to-day by means of an explosive. Among those with him the following persons were seriously injured: Lt,-General Schmundt, Col. Brandt, collaborator Berger. Less seriously injured were: Generals Jodl, Korten, Buhle, Bodenschatz, Heusinger and Scherff, Admirals Voss, von Puttkammer, Captain Assmann and Lt,-Col, Boltmann. Apart from slight burns and slight shock the Fuehrer himself was unharmed. He continued with his work immediately after and received the Duce for discussions as had been arranged.

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affecting every aspect of public life, and has authority to issue orders to the highest authorities of the Reich.

It is officially announced in Germany that the return of the German civilians from southern Russia has now ended. 350,000 Germans of Russia have returned to the Reich and will be settled in Warthegau. This decision to repatriate them and thus save them from Bolshevism was taken after it had been decided to shorten the eastern front.

It appears that the Germans are now using newer and larger types of flying bombs, com- [missing words]

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North-east of Kauen our brave infantry halted repeated Soviet attacks.

Between Dunaburg and Lake Peipus strong Bolshevik infantry and panzer forces were for the most part broken up, 50 panzers being destroyed. At two points of infiltration fierce fighting is in progress. The ruins of Ostrov and Pleskau were evacuated after all facilities had been destroyed.

Bombing formations of the Luftwaffe played an effective part in the ground fighting and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy in manpower and material.


Fast German bombers attacked targets in the south-eastern counties.

Anglo-American air attacks on various town in Germany cost the enemy the loss of 285 aircraft, mostly 4-engined bombers.


Blackpool has completed the billeting of 3,000 evacuees. The Health Ministry postponed the arrival of another party expected yesterday.

Several Blackpool restaurants and cafes yesterday closed their doors to holidaymakers until evacuees had been catered for.

Many evacuee mothers are offering to do domestic work in shorthanded boarding houses.

An official check-up at Newcastleon-Tyne [sic] shows that the northern region – Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire – allocated 20,000 evacuees, has responded magnificently to house the visitors.

Every tenant of Suttons’ Dwellings, a block of 240 workers’ flats in the Elswick district of Newcastle, has agreed to take one or more child evacuees.


Mr. Will Lawther, president of the Mineworkers’ Federation, announced in Durham that miners’ welfare centres throughout the country are to be placed at the disposal of evacuees.

Torquay’s billeting troubles were almost ended last night. Of 600 mothers and children temporarily housed in schools since their arrival on Friday, only a few were left without billets.

The authorities have commandeered large empty houses and have furnished and equipped them. One hotel offered its topfloor [sic] rooms.

Alderman T. Bowden, chairman of the billeting committee, said last night that the mothers were most profuse in their gratitude for all that had been done for them.

Daily Express, July 17th.

The Deutsches Nachrichtenburo announced on 24th July that the plot by a criminal clique of German officers had completely collapsed. The ringleaders either committed suicide after the outrage or were shot by battalions of the army. Among those executed was the manipulator of the explosive, Col. Count von Stauffenberg. No incidents have occurred anywhere.

The Fuhrer has awarded Field Marshal Kesselring, C.-in-C. of the German airforces in Italy, with the Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds to the Knight’s Insignia of the Iron Cross.

The Fuehrer has issued a “total war” order whereby the whole of public life has to be adapted to the needs of total war. For this purpose a Director for Total Warfare is to be appointed. He is to have very wide powers

[missing words] bined with a sort of landmine, reports the London correspondent of Stockholm’s “Aftontidningen”. The correspondent also states that the heaviest flying bomb attacks to date took place on the 18th and 19th July.

Reuter states that Brigadier-General Pratt, second-in-command of the 101st U.S.A. Airborne Division fell in action in Normandy on the first day of the invasion.

According to a report in “Economist”, Professor Bowley, the wellknown [sic] English economist, stated in an address that the number of working days lost to Great Britain during the first 51 months of this war through strikes amounted to 5,5 millions. About half this number was lost by the coal mines. The second heaviest loser was the engineering trade; and shipyards, the cotton and clothing industry and the building trade all suffered considerably.


Under cover of flying bombs, a well-organised London gang of Black Marketeers is raiding clothing warehouse and getting away with hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of material that cannot be replaced. If they are not stoped, [sic] firms which have already lost a lot of stock will be forced out of business, a member of the trade said last night.

Beer has become increasingly scarce in Southern England since the invasion of Normandy. More and more public houses are hanging up “No Beer” signs.

First steps in the demobilisation of women from war industry will take place in the shipyards next month.

Several hundred who have been doing such jobs as painters, welders and rivet heaters in the N.E. shipyards will be handed their cards.

Boarding-house keepers who were fined £5 each at Blackpool for failing to take in evacuee mothers and children under compulsory orders complained of being “picked on” by the authorities when leading towspeople [sic] had no one billeted on them.

Princess Margaret, who will be 14 next month, made her first public appearance on her own when she visited the Princess Margaret School at Windsor.

She received purses from pupils and old girls in aid of the school rebuilding fund and made a speech of thanks.

The South Lancashire Regiment was among the troops which landed west of Ouistreham in Normandy on D Day. The regiment helped to take Colleville-sur-Orne, two miles from the sea.

The regiment continued to serve in the area north of Caen beside the west bank of the canal, where resistance was formidable. During the third week of June it was in fierce fighting near the village of La Bijude, two miles north of Caen.

Twenty-four hours after a flying bomb incident in Southern England the chief warden stood on top of a pile of rubble that had once been a surface air-raid shelter and announced that interference from sightseers was cutting down rescue work by 50 per cent.

He is not the only Civil Defence official who says this.

All over London wardens, heavy rescue workers, incident officer, and N.F.S. personnel admit they are hindered in getting help to trapped people by crowds of sightseers.

Londoners enjoyed 13 hours of continuous sunshine on Thursday, July 6 – the first taste of summer weather for several weeks, it can now be disclosed.

The one-day summer was not general. Continuous rain in the Scottish border districts reached cloudburst dimensions.

The good farming land of the South-West Country, given up months ago to the American Army for battle training ground, is to be restored to countrymen who were evacuated.

The families of farming folk who surrendered their homes to become practice grounds for the men who took Cherbourg will soon be going back.

But not at once. The country has been badly knocked about. It will take time to restore the battered landscape and homesteads.

The week-end rush of passengers from Victoria Station, Manchester, for the Lancashire coast resorts is not abating. It is estimated that on July 15 over 7,000 holiday-makers had crowded themselves into five trains for Blackpool and Fleetwood by the middle of the morning while another 7,000 were patiently waiting in a deep queue outside the station.

It is officially announced in Bombay that the cholera epidemic has claimed 34,808 victims from the four districts of Bihar Province during the past three months.

Imperial Japanese headquarters report on the conclusion of hostilities in the island of Saipan as follows: “On the 7th of June our forces in Saipan launched a fierce attack on the enemy, on whom they inflicted heavy losses. By the 16th of June the last Japanese soldier had died the death of a hero. The Japanese population of Saipan stood shoulder to shoulder with the troops until the end. It is probable that they have shared the fate of our officers and soldiers.”

Domei, the Japanese News Agency states that General Tojo, the Japanese Prime Minister has tendered his resignation to the Tenno. It is officially announced in Japan that the reshuffle in the Cabinet is intended to pave the way for a concentration of national forces for total war.

It is announced that the Tenno has entrusted General Kuniaki Koiso, Governor-General of Korea, and the former Prime Minister, Admiral Mitsumasa Yonay with the joint task of forming the new cabinet.

The Japanese Office of Information announces that the Tenno has appointed Naokuni Nomura successor to Admiral Schimada as Minister for Naval Affairs.

The National Coconut Company of Manila has put a new article on the market. This is a soft material, manufactured from hitherto waste parts of the coconut, which is especially suitable for the manufacture of boots and shoes.

Roosevelt was formally listed as candidate for the Presidency at a meeting of the U.S. democratic party on 19th July.

The presence of an international band of smugglers, who are smuggling razor blades lipsticks, watches, petrol lighters and women and children’s clothing out of the United [missing words] tes and selling them at a 500 per cent [missing word] in Great Britain, has come to light in [missing word] according to the “Daily Sketch”. Customs officials examining a ship confiscated commodities to the value of 10,000 dollars which were destined for the black market in Britain.

Lord Keynes, head of the British delegation at the International Currency Conference had a heart attack at Bretton Woods. [missing word] the man who gave his name to the so-called Keynes-plan, and is 62 years of age.


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