1940 Newspapers

Wondering what happened in 1940 that made newspaper headlines? Find out what happened in 1940 that captured the attention of the nation through our collection of historic newspapers. At Historic Newspapers we have the largest collection of original newspapers from the nation’s longest running and most trusted newspapers including The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph.

1940 Original Newspaper
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1940 Original Newspaper

1940 Newspaper Headlines

What were the most significant events in 1940 that took over our national newspaper headlines? 1940 news headlines are filled with stories of war and destruction as Europe was in the grips of the most deadly and destructive war that the world has ever seen: World War II.

It was during this year that Germany invaded Denmark, Norway, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It was also the year Germany began its terrible bombing crusade over London in what would become known as The Blitz, as they attempted to weaken the British Air Force. Roosevelt was elected for a third term of presidency and Walt Disney’s second feature length film “Pinocchio” premiered in New York City. Find out more about this exciting year in history with an original newspaper which was printed at the time.

8th January 1940
Food rationing begins in Great Britain as a result of the Second World War.

18th March 1940
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.

7th April 1940
Booker T. Washington – an educator, author and leading figure in African-American communities – becomes the first black man to be depicted on an American postage stamp.

10th May 1940
Neville Chamberlain resigns as Prime Minster and Winston Churchill replaces him.

4th June 1940
British forces successfully complete the evacuation of 300,000 troops from Dunkirk in France.

4th June 1940
Winston Churchill tells the British House of Commons, “We shall not flag or fail. We shall fight on the beaches… on the landing grounds… in the fields and the streets… We shall never surrender.”

10th June 1940
Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom.

14th June 1940
Paris falls under German occupation.

10th July 1940
The Battle of Britain begins. The German Air Force attempt to gain air superiority, but the Royal Air Force stand firm. This is the Nazi Germans’ first defeat in the Second World War and thus a turning point of the war.

20th August 1940
Winston Churchill pays tribute to the Royal Air Force in the House of Commons: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

7th September 1940
Nazi Germany begins to rain bombs on London in the first of fifty-seven consecutive nights of strategic bombing, known as the Blitz.

9th November 1940
Neville Chamberlain, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1869) dies.

11th November 1940
Battle of Taranto: The Royal Navy launches the first all-aircraft carrier strike in history, on the Italian fleet at Taranto.

14th November 1940
Coventry is destroyed by five-hundred German Air Force bombers using a total of 150,000 fire bombs, 503 tons of high explosives, and 130 parachute mines. 568 people are killed.

12th December 1940
The City of Sheffield is badly damaged by German air-raids.

21st December 1940
F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer (b. 1896) dies from a second heart-attack.

29th December 1940
The second Great Fire of London: The Luftwaffe carry out a massive incendiary bombing raid, starting 1,500 fires. Many famous buildings, including the Guildhall and Trinity House, are either damaged or destroyed.

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Lindsey Simpson Trustpilot product review 5 star rating May 28 2020

Great service and excellent product. Really happy with purchase

Ann Trustpilot product review 4 star rating May 28 2020

This is a gift and we have not unwrapped to consider a review and to keep in the condition sent.

Happy customer Trustpilot product review 5 star rating May 28 2020

Excellent birthday present, something different and memorable

Customer E Wragg Trustpilot product review 2 star rating May 28 2020

product was 50 yrs old so expected it to be ancient looking but wasn't ready for the aroma, in fact it stunk. Had to air each page before I dare put it back in the box, so glad I didn't send direct to recipients.

  • Historic Newspapers Team May 28 2020

    Thank you for your review.

    We are so sorry to hear this.

    Due to the age of the paper it does mean that these can have a slight musky smell due to archiving, storage process and ageing. Unfortunately this is something that is out of our control.

    Once again, please do accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused.

    If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us on 03300669700 or email us at info@historic-newspapers.co.uk

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    The Historic Newspapers Team

Kris Trustpilot product review 5 star rating May 27 2020

Got a newspaper and Brandy for my brother in law for his 50th. He loved it, he was well surprised and said thats something absolute different.nIt was a very special gift, but quite expensive for a part time working person. In all the other way 100% amazing gift.

Yasho Trustpilot product review 5 star rating May 27 2020

Absolutely a wonderful gift. Quality of paper was fab.

MD Trustpilot product review 1 star rating May 27 2020

The newspaper as such did not have any problem. It just wasn't the one I wanted.

  • Historic Newspapers Team May 27 2020

    hank you for your review.

    We are so sorry to hear this.

    We can see that you have been in contact with a Customer Representative who explained that each newspaper print different editions throughout the day. As we have millions of newspapers in the archive and do not know what editions we have for each date and as a personalised gift company, the personalisation is your requested date not the headline. If you are looking for something specific, we would always advise to call our Customer Service Team as research would need to take place.

    Your newspaper has now successfully been returned and a refund has been processed for you.

    Once again, please do accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused.

    If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us on 03300669700 or email us at info@historic-newspapers.co.uk

    Kind Regards,

    The Historic Newspapers Team

Daniel Nemar Trustpilot product review 5 star rating May 27 2020

Great present

Del Trustpilot product review 4 star rating May 26 2020

Very satisfied

Angela Sian Buckley Trustpilot product review 5 star rating May 26 2020

Such a lovely present, very well received.