The enormous front page 3 1/2″ letters say it all:
“Dies at His ‘Command Post in Berlin’ Nazi Radio Informs Reich”
“DOENITZ TAKES HELM; ‘WILL CONTINUE FIGHT’”
This truly remarkable newspaper contains pages and photos of the stunning news–Der Fuehrer has finally been killed. Of course, we know from history that he apparently committed suicide in his command bunker below the streets of Berlin as the bombed out capital of the Third Reich was being overrun by Russian soldiers. Admiral Doenitz, the genius behind the German U-Boat campaign, took overall command of remaining Nazi forces.
Couldn’t scan it, but there is a phenomenal two-page centerfold spread of thirteen photographs showing Hitler’s rise and fall in Nazi Germany including his younger days, his parents, the adoring crowds and more. It was difficult to take my eyes off these rare images. This is the complete 28-page issue that came out on May 2, 1945 in New York City announcing the glorious news to all Americans. A superb historical issue you’ll read many times over…and I’m certain show to your friends. It’s that graphic!
The New York Times
December 25, 1944
This historic Times newspaper publishes the shocking news that Major Glenn Miller, who conducted one of the most successful dance bands in the Swing Era, was missing on a flight from England to Paris where he was heading to join his Army Air Force Orchestra. The page four headline sadly reads: “Major Glenn Miller Is Missing On Flight From England to Paris.” The story reads, in part, “His Air Force Band had been playing in Paris. No members of the band were with him on the plane. He last led his band in a broadcast Dec. 12. His band, scheduled to broadcast over BBC tomorrow at 7 P.M. in the ‘AEF Christmas Show,’ will be conducted by Sgt. Jerry Gray, deputy leader.”The article also contains a wonderful photograph of the beloved bandleader in his military uniform.
Miller, who had such enduring hits as “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “In The Mood,” “Tuxedo Junction,” and his theme, “Moonlight Serenade,” was a fine trombonist, arranger and bandleader who sold millions of records in the late 1930s and early 1940s. His orchestra also starred in two major motion pictures, and his music continues to live on in both older people who and today’s youth who have learned to swing dance.
This is the complete and original rag paper edition in virtually mint condition as printed on Christmas Day in 1944. See the scan for the huge Times triple-tiered WWII headlines on the Battle of the Bulge at the time the weather cleared enough for a huge Allied air counterattack on the surprise Nazi drive in the Ardennes Forrest in eastern Belgium and Luxembourg. Great war photos, too! I had a devil of a time finding this paper as I am a jazz saxophonist myself and grew up listening to Glenn Miller’s records of my parents. A fantastic opportunity!
The Stars and Stripes
Nurnberg, Bavaria, West Germany
March 6, 1946
In a 45-minute address before the Westminster (Missouri) College faculty, as a guest of President Truman, Churchill said Russia constituted “a growing challenge and peril to Christian civilization”and called fro a virtual United States/British military alliance to prevent a third world war. He voiced a grim warning that “Communist fifth columnists” are at work under supervision of Moscow in most of the world. The report continues on page 8 under the subhead: “Iron Curtain Descends.” The great statesman and author then said, “From Stettin on the Baltic to Trieste on the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” This was the first use of the famous phrase describing the former free nations and capitals of Eastern Europe that were now under Soviet domination.
The issue also contains an amazing photograph of Japanese Emperor Hirohito dressed in Western style visiting a housing project for bombing victims of the deadly American raids on Japan during World War II. Another headline and story talks about a British atomic expert, Dr. Alan Nunn, who was found giving secret atomic energy information to an unidentified person.
Stars and Stripes was the great and widely-read service newspaper of World War II (and WWI). This one is 8 pages in length, pages separated cleanly at the spine as was sometimes normal, and in nice condition. A most historic issue–the warning from Truman was quite correct. The Berlin Wall didn’t fall until 1989.
The New York Times
January 31, 1933
The Times famous triple-tiered headlines shout: “HITLER MADE CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY BUT COALITION CABINET LIMITS POWER; CENTRISTS HOLD BALANCE IN REICHSTAG.” After losing several elections to President Von Hindenburg, Franz von Papen makes a deal with the WWI general to make Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Party, Chancellor of Germany even though they don’t have a majority in the Reichstag. The story includes this fascinating statement: “The composition of the Cabinet leaves Herr Hitler no scope for gratification of any dictatorial ambition.” (I think history proved differently)! Yet, the front page also contains a story by the AP headed, “HITLER PLEDGES FIGHT IN CABINET.” The Nazi statement says, in part, “After a thirteen-year struggle the National Socialist movement has succeeded in breaking through to the government; the struggle to win the German nation, however, is only the beginning.” Reaction to the news of Hitler’s appointment at German Chancellor is mixed in Europe. Poland hopes Hitler’s new post will help show the world the true face of what Germany will become under the Nazi Party. Page three contains photographs of Hitler, Franz Von Papen, Dr. Wilhelm F. Frick, and the future head of the Luftwaffe Herman Goering.
Here is the complete and original 38-page Times newspaper in superb white condition, printed on special rag stock for preservation. Only around ninety such issues were printed in 1933. This issue has been reprinted from microfilm in a number of books I’ve seen.
“DECLARE WAR ON U.S. AND BRITAIN”
December 8, 1941
Wow! Here is one of the best Pearl Harbor newspapers ever published using 3″ bold headlines (see scans). The shocking news continues inside with headlines like: “U.S. FLEET HITS BACK,” JAPS WAR ON U.S., RAID HAWAII GUAM.” “Treacherous,’ Hull Says; Denounces Jap Envoys.” Casualty reports stated that the battleship “West Virginia” had been sunk, and the “Oklahoma” set afire. (The real depth of the disaster was kept from the public for security purposes). “JAP BOMBS SEEN LEADING TO LAND ATTACK ON PHILIPPINES.” Another piece claims thatJapanese parachutists had landed in Hawaii and were supposedly part of suicide squads! It also claimed that “….the United States fleet steamed out of Pearl Harbor.”
Page after page of this incredible newspaper talk about the attack and beginning war in the Pacific. You just can’t put it down! The complete 64-page edition in very good condition with only minor wear to the spine. Can be easily picked up and read as someone surely did back in 1941.
The Topeka Daily Capital
September 1, 1939
On the pretext that Poland had “rejected” his demands for a return of Danzig, Chancellor Adolf Hitler orders the German Army and Luftwaffe to attack Poland–made all the easier by the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. Hitler grabs the free city of Danzig immediately, and warns foreigners to leave Poland. Front page photos of young Hitler as a Bavarian house painter(!), Benito Mussolini of Italy, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Front page chart showing the relative military strenth of Britain, France, Poland, Germany, Italy, and Russia. Another report states that Hitler is still willing to “negotiate” with Great Britain!
I have found September 1, 1939 newspapers to be about the very toughest WWII issues to locate anywhere. This is the only one we have in stock, and I have no idea whether we’ll ever see another. 20 pp., complete as printed in 1939, and in fine condition. This is one to display!
Taunton Daily Gazette
May 27, 1941
The mighty German battleship “Bismarck” is located and sent to the bottom of the Atlantic after an intensive 3-day hunt by British Naval vessels. A torpedo from a seaplane disabled “Bismarck’s” rudder causing the great ship to turn in a continuous circle sealing her doom in the face of overwhelming odds. A HUGE banner headline screams: “BRITISH SINK BISMARCK.” This superb newspaper carries a full report of the action and a fabulous photograph of the 35,000-ton German behemoth. The last message from the crippled battleship as reported by Berlin radio was, “Ship out of control. Will fight to the last shell. Long live the Fuehrer!”
Just three days earlier, the “Bismarck” blew up the HMS “Hood,” the largest battleship in the world at 42,000 tons, with just one shot from her 14-inch guns (hit the magazine). Understandably, the English wanted immediate revenge….and got it!
Here is the complete newspaper as published in 1941–14 pages in all, and just begging to be framed as an amazing conversation piece. Believe me, this one will literally “jump off your wall!”
San Francisco Chronicle, EXTRA
April 13, 1945
Huge, bold 4″ headline screams: “F.D.R. DIES!” Other headlines followed by the full report of his demise. Superb front page photograph of the four-term President, with photos of President Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt on page three with continuing details. The issue also contains the latest action reports from the fighting in Nazi Germany and in the Pacific.
Complete 18-page EXTRA edition of the Chronicle in very fine condition. This one is just begging to be framed for a wall display!
THIS NEWSPAPER HAS BEEN SOLD
GOERING, HESS, VON RIBBENTROP GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES
The New York Times
October 1, 1946
Bold triple-tiered banner headlines say: “ALL EXCEPT 3 OF NAZI WAR CHIEFS GUILTY; GOERING, HESS, VON RIBBENTROP CONVICTED; SCHACHT, VON PAPEN FRITZSCHE ACQUITTED.”The historic war crimes tribunal comes to its conclusion, deciding the fates of Hitler’s top henchmen who survived World War II. Large photograph showing all the defendants at the proceedings including Nazie villains as Albert Speer, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Julius Streicher. The report opines that most would receive the death penalty. “Goering Is Among Six Guilty on All–Fate to Be Heard Today.”
The complete newspaper in superb condition with just light browning.
The State, Columbia, South Carolina
June 6, 1944
“Allies Invade” A huge banner headline announces the long-awaited invasion of France by General Eisenhower and the Allies. Detailed map of the Normandy Coast.
Matted and framed for display and preservation.