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Old 06-25-2019, 05:53 PM   #1
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Good afternoon gents,

I try to integrate newspapers into my displays as a means of adding a little context to the objects. Yesterday I received a nice group of 17 papers from Köln dated between 23 May and 9 Jun 1941 in which a few have front page stories related to the invasion of Crete.

The first news report on MERKUR is on the front page of the 24 May paper. This tracks with what I've read regarding the OKW not releasing information on the invasion until that date as there was some skepticism as to whether-or-not it would succeed. The interesting thing is that after victory was assured and the Germans were in complete control of the island there wasn't a big blazing headline announcing the success of the invasion and daring feat of arms displayed by the Fj and Gj. I'm sure the losses muted any sense of euphoria. One surprising and poignant thing I did find was the announcement of the death of Major Braun on the back page of the 6 June issue.

Another interesting aspect of these is that the only mention of the Bismarck is a small announcement of an hour of thanks on the cover of the 4 June issue. In a nutshell it roughly says in the true tradition of mariners an hour of remembrance was conducted in Wilhelmshaven on 3 June to the Bismarck dead. On none of the papers preceding its sinking is there mention of the sinking of the Hood or damage to the Prince of Wales by the Prinz Eugen.

Thanks for looking and have a good evening.

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