January 1941

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  Axis Jan-41 Allied Neutral
Vichy France Denmark Romania Italy Germany Total Class Total Great Britain Free France Canada Australia New Zealand Poland Netherlands Norway USA
2 0 0 3 3 6 Battleship 16 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
0 0 0 0 0 0 Fleet Carrier 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
0 0 0 0 0 0 Light Carrier 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 7 2 9 Heavy Cruiser 15 9 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 18
9 0 0 13 3 16 Light Cruiser 63 42 9 0 4 2 0 4 2 19
52 0 7 81 35 123 Destroyer 274 179 60 12 7 0 5 8 3 163
60 8 1 90 55 146 Submarine 141 53 66 0 0 0 2 20 0 93
1 0 0 0 0 0 Escort Carrier 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
12 0 3 31 9 43 Escorts 146 114 21 7 4 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 0 0 8 8 Other 54 42 3 4 3 1 0 0 1 0

 

Neutral
ClassJapan Soviet UnionArgentina BrazilChileColumbia Peru SwedenPortugal Spain Yugoslavia GreeceTurkeyThailand
Battleship 10 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Fleet Carrier 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carrier 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruiser 16 4 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 0
Light Cruiser 19 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Destroyer 107 54 16 7 8 2 2 16 5 16 9 19 4 10
Submarine 55 207 3 4 9 0 4 16 3 4 4 5 8 4
Escort Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 19 18 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 4

 

Wednesday 1st January 1941
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy nighttime British air raid, 140+ on Bremen. The main target was the Focke-Wulf aircraft plant

 
Other

Vacant British Empire Bantamweight Boxing Title Jim Brady (GB) beat Richie 'Kid' Tanner (British Guyana) Pts 15, Tannadice Park, Dundee.

 
Thursday 2nd January 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 110+ aircraft attack on Cardiff. Llandaff Cathedral damaged

The United States Govenrment announced plans to build 200 utilitarian freighters. These would come to be known as Liberty ships.

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night time British air raid, 40+ on Bremen

 
Friday 3rd January 1941
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Military

The Battle of Bardia began as part of Operation Compass. The Australian 6th Division assaulted the strongly held Italian fortress of Bardia, Libya

The Blitz: British air raid on Bremen and the Kiel Canal. Kiel Canal Bridge suffers direct hit and collapses on Finnish merchant ship Yrsa

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 180+ aircraft attack on Bristol

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night time British air raid, 70+ on Bremen

 
Other

The results of a Gallup poll were published asking Americans, "Do you think our country's future safety depends on England winning this war?" 68% said yes, 26% said no and 6% expressed no opinion

 
Saturday 4th January 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 80+ aircraft attack on Bristol & Avonmouth

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night time British air raid, 50+ on Brest. Heavy night time British air raid, 50+ on Hamburg

 
Other

German actress Marlene Dietrich became a U.S. citizen

Bugs Bunny was identified by name for the first time, in the short cartoon Elmer's Pet Rabbit.

Sunday 5th January 1941
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Politics

Belgian Wallonia fascist Rexist Party leader Leon Degrelle announces his support for Nazi Germany in a speech in Liege

 
Military

Western Desert Campaign: Operation Compass Australian troops capture Bardia taking 45,000 Italian POWs

 
Other

Football International: Chile 1-2 Argentina, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

 
Monday 6th January 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Mashona Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Sikh at Scapa Flow 06/01/1941  
Great Britain Sikh Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Mashona at Scapa Flow 06/01/1941  
 
Politics

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt made the Four Freedoms speech during his State of the Union address. He proposed four fundamental freedoms that all the people of the world ought to enjoy: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

 
Military

Greco-Italian War: Greek forces launched an assault trying to take the strategically important Klisura Pass

 
Tuesday 7th January 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Nani Submarine Lost Sunk by British warship Anemone, S of Iceland, in the North Atlantic 07/01/1941  
 
Military

Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto presented Minister of the Navy Koshirō Oikawa with his ideas for a war against the United States in a memorandum titled Gumbi ni kansuru shiken (Views on Preparations for War). Yamamato proposed a crippling first strike on American forces in the first few hours of the war, something that could best be accomplished by an air attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor

 
Wednesday 8th January 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Guilio Cesare Battleship Damaged Damaged by a bomb near misses from British Wellington aircraft at Naples harbour. Three bombs near misses opened leaks in her hull, 5 dead, 20 injured 08/01/1941.  
Germany Wolf Destroyer Lost Mined N of Dunkirk, in the English Channel, 13 dead, 51.05N 02.08E 08/01/1941  
 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night time British air raid, 30+ on Wilhelmshaven. Heavy night time British air raid, 10+ on Emden

 
Thursday 9th January 1941
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Military

Hitler held a conference with his generals to discuss plans to attack the Soviet Union. Hitler said that German success in Russia would encourage Japan to attack the United States, thus keeping the Americans too occupied to get involved in the war in Europe

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 140+ aircraft attack on Manchester

 
Other

Football International: Chile 2-5 Argentina, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

 
Friday 10th January 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Illustrious Fleet Carrier Damaged Damaged by bombs form Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM 79 & German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft, 7 bombs & 1 near miss, mostly 110 lbs & one 2200 lbs went through the armoured flight deck causing major extensive damage to sickbay & wardroom 10/01/1941  
Great Britain Southampton Light Cruiser Lost Damaged by 2 delayed action bombs from 12 Germans Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft, SE of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bombs penetrated deep into the ship before exploding, engines were knocked out & fire spread from steam to stern, trapping several men below decks, the crew abandoned ship, 81 dead, she was scuttled by torpedoes from British warships Gloucester & Orion, 81 dead, 34.54N 18.24E 10/01/1941  
Great Britain Gallant Destroyer Damaged Damaged by mine off Pantelleria Island, NW of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, the explosion destroyed bow section, which separated & sank, ship towed by British warship Mohawk to Malta, 65 dead, 15 injured, 36.24N 12.10E 10/01/1941  
Italy Vega Destroyer Escort Lost Damaged by gunfire from British warship Bonaventure & sunk by a torpedo from British warship Hereward 10/01/1941  
 
Politics

The results of a Gallup poll were published asking Americans, "Which of these two things do you think it is more important for the United States to try to do — to keep out of the war ourselves, or to help England win, even at the risk of getting into the war?" 60% said help England, 40% said keep out. A separate question asked, "If you were asked to vote on the question of the United States entering the war against Germany and Italy, how would you vote — to go into the war, or to stay out of the war?" 88% said stay out, 12% said go in

German-Soviet Border and Commercial Agreement signed. This agreement represents between 50%-70% of imports for Germany from the Soviet Union. Agreement covered gain oil, cotton, manganese, phosphates, chrome ore, rubber, soybeans, iron ores, scrap metal, pig iron and platinum

 
Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 150+ aircraft attack on Portsmouth. Minelaying attacks in Liverpool Bay

 
Other

The German civil administration in the Netherlands ordered the registration of all Jews in the country

 
Saturday 11th January 1941
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Military

Greco-Italian War: The Greeks completed the Capture of Klisura Pass

The Blitz: Direct bomb hit during the German air raid on London, lands outside Bank of England demolishing the Underground station 57 dead, 69 injured

The Blitz: Major nighttime German air raid, 140+ aircraft attack on London. A direct bomb hit on Bank Underground station 57 dead, 69 injured. Minelaying attacks in Liverpool Bay

 
Sunday 12th January 1941
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Military

Greco-Italian War: The Greeks completed the Capture of Klisura Pass

The Blitz: Direct bomb hit during the German air raid on London, lands outside Bank of England demolishing the Underground station 57 dead, 69 injured

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 140+ aircraft attack on London. A direct bomb hit on Bank Underground station 57 dead, 69 injured. Minelaying attacks in Liverpool Bay

 
Other

American luxury liner Manhattan ran aground north of Palm Beach, Florida with 750 people on board

Football International: Portugal 2-2 Spain, Estádio do Lumiar, Lisbon

 
Monday 13th January 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on Plymouth. Minelaying attacks in Liverpool Bay

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night time British air raid, 30+ on Wilhelmshaven. Heavy night time British air raid, 10+ on Emden

 
Other

Disputed World Light-Heavyweight Boxing Title Anton Christoforidis (Greece) beat Melio Bettina (USA) pts 15, Cleveland Arena, Cleveland.

World Bantamweight Boxing Title Lou Salica (USA) beat Tommy Forte (USA) Pts 15, Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia.

 
Politics Hitler met with Boris III of Bulgaria at the Berghof
Tuesday 14th January 1941
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Politics

The first use of V for victory by Victor de Laveleye on the BBC Radio Belgique radio service

 
Wednesday 15th January 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 40+ aircraft attack on Derby

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night time British air raid, 90+ on Wilhelmshaven

 
Thursday 16th January 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Illustrious Fleet Carrier Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft whilst under emergency repair at Malta 16/01/1941  
 
Military

East Africa Front: British forces start an attack on Italian forces in Ethiopia

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on Bristol & Avonmouth. Minelaying attacks in Bristol Channel

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night time British air raid, 80+ on Wilhelmshaven

 
Friday 17th January 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Thailand Cholburi Destroyer Lost Sunk by Gunfire by Vichy French warship Lamotte & other units Picquet Gulf of Siam 16-17/01/1941  
Thailand Songkla Destroyer Lost Sunk by Gunfire by Vichy French warship Lamotte Picquet & other units Gulf of Siam 16-17/01/1941  
Thailand Dhonburi Costal Defence Lost Sunk by Gunfire by Vichy French warship Lamotte Picquet Gulf of Siam & other units 16-17/01/1941. Raised but capsized undertow  
Thailand Sri Ayuthia Costal Defence Lost Sunk by Gunfire by Vichy French warship Lamotte Picquet & other units Gulf of Siam 16-17/01/1941. Raised & repaired Japan 12/1941  
 
Politics

In meeting between Soviet Minister Molotov and German Ambassador Schulenburg in Moscow, Soviets express surprise that they have not yet had an answer from their offer to join the Axis

 
Military

The Blitz: Heavy night time German air raid, 140+ aircraft attack on Swansea

 
Other

World Welterweight Boxing Title Fritzie Zivic (USA) beat Henry Armstrong (USA) Rsf 12, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

 
Saturday 18th January 1941
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Military

German air raid on Malta

 
Sunday 19th January 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Illustrious Fleet Carrier Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft whilst under emergency repair at Malta 19/01/1941. The ship moved to Alexandria for temporary repair 23/01/1941. Arrived for repair Norfolk, Virginia 12/05/1941  
Great Britain Veteran Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Verity, during convoy duty in the Irish Sea 19/01/1941  
Italy Neghelli Submarine Lost Sunk by British warship Greyhound in the Aegean Sea 19/01/1941  
 
Politics Benito Mussolini met with Hitler at the Berghof for a two-day conference. It was agreed that Germany would help the Italians in North Africa but not on the Greco-Albanian front  
Military

East Africa Front: The exiled Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie re-entered his country behind the advancing British and Commonwealth troops

East Africa Front: British Indian forces start an attack on Italian forces in Eritrea

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on London & 60+ aircraft attack on Southampton

 
Other

Football International: Peru 1-1 Argentina, Estadio Nacional, Lima

 
Monday 20th January 1941
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Politics

The third inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt was held in Washington DC

Tuesday 21st January 1941
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Politics

Romania fascist Iron Guard start executing Jews in Bucharest

 
Military

Western Desert Campaign: Operation Compass British and Australian forces capture Tobruk

 
Other

Pogrom executed in Bucharest. Romania after Romanian & German army successfully defeats a coup d'etat against Romanian Government

Bulgaria passed antisemitic legislation modeled after Germany's Nuremberg Laws

British Home Secretary Herbert Morrison used Defence Regulation 2D to ban the Communist newspaper Daily Worker, on the grounds that it was attempting to hinder the British war effort

The Legionnaires' rebellion and Bucharest pogrom began in Bucharest, Romania when members of the Iron Guard revolted

 
Wednesday 22nd January 1941
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Military

British and Australian forces captured Tobruk and took 25,000 Italians prisoner

The Bomber Offensive: Minor nighttime British air raid, 30+ on Dusseldorf

Politics Defeated Republican candidate for president Wendell Willkie departed the United States aboard a transatlantic flight for a "fact finding" mission in Britain  
Thursday 23rd January 1941
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Politics

Charles Lindburgh during testifying to the US Congress recommends that the US should negotiate a neutrality pact with Germany

 
Friday 24th January 1941
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Saturday 25th January 1941
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Sunday 26th January 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Gurkha Destroyer Damaged Damaged in a collision during trails training, seriously damaging her bow with flooding of forward compartments 26/01/1941. Arrived for repair Rosyth 31/02/1941  
 
Politics Defeated Republican candidate for president Wendell Willkie arrives in Britain. During the Blitz, he walked the streets at night without helmet or gas mask (until Churchill gave him some), visiting bomb shelters. Churchill hosted Willkie at an official luncheon at 10 Downing Street and had him as a guest at Chequers. In his writings, Churchill recalled "a long talk with this most able and forceful man. Willkie also went to Ireland, hoping to persuade Éamon de Valera to abandon neutrality  
Other

Football International: Peru 1-1 Argentina, Estadio Nacional, Lima

 
Monday 27th January 1941
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Tuesday 28th January 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Naiad Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged in a storm whilst trying to remain in contact with German warships Gneisenau & Scharnhorst, S of Iceland, she suffered serious structural damage & lost contact 28/01/1941  
Great Britain Westcott Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Bluebell, during convoy duty in the North Atlantic, sustained structural damage & flooding No 1 boiler room 28/01/1941. Repair at Liverpool delayed by German air raids  
 
Wednesday 29th January 1941
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Politics

Greek dictator Ioannis Metaexas dies

 
Military

The US–British Staff Conference (ABC–1) began in Washington, D.C., in which U.S. and British military staff members worked to co-ordinate a general plan in the event of U.S. entry into the war.

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on London

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night time British air raid, 40+ on Wilhelmshaven

 
Other

Football International: Peru 0-3 Argentina, Estadio Nacional, Lima

 
Thursday 30th January 1941
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Politics Hitler gave a speech before 18,000 people at the Berlin Sportpalast on the eighth anniversary of the Nazis' coming to power. Hitler declared that any ship carrying aid to England within the range of German U-boats would be torpedoed, and also warned the United States that if anyone on the American continent tried to interfere in the European conflict, Germany's war aims would quickly change  
Military

Western Desert Campaign: Operation Compass British forces capture Derna

 
Friday 31st January 1941
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Other

World Heavyweight Boxing Title Joe Louis (USA) beat Red Burman (USA) Ko 5, Madison Square Garden, New York City.