February 1941

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  Axis Feb-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 3 3 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 41 9 0 4 2 0 5 2 19
52 0 7 81 35 123 Destroyer 269 174 60 12 7 0 5 8 3 165
60 8 1 88 60 149 Submarine 142 54 66 0 0 0 2 20 0 97
1 0 0 0 0 0 Escort Carrier 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
12 0 3 30 9 42 Escorts 162 129 21 8 4 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 0 0 8 8 Other 53 41 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 2 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 8
Submarine 56 209 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 18 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 2

 

Saturday 1st February 1941
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Politics

The Japanese government announced rice rationing

 
Sunday 2nd February 1941
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Other

Football International Copa America: Chile 5-0 Ecuador, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

 
Monday 3rd February 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Minor night-time German air raid, 10+ aircraft attack on London

General Erwin Rommel appointed head of the newly formed German Africa Corp

 
Other

British & British Empire Flyweight Boxing Title Jackie Paterson (GB) beat Paddy Ryan (GB) Rsf 8, Nottingham Ice Rink, Nottingham.

 
Tuesday 4th February 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-43 Submarine Damaged Accidentally flooded in Lorient when torpedo tube was left open 04/02/1941. Repaired & refitted later  
 
Military

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid, 160+ aircraft attack on Derby & London. Rolls Royce plant in Derby was the Heavy target

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 40+ on Brest & Le Harve. Heavy night-time British air raid, 30+ on Dusseldorf. Heavy night-time British air raid, 40+ on Dunkirk. Heavy night-time British air raid, 30+ on Bordeaux

 
Wednesday 5th February 1941
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Thursday 6th February 1941
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 20+ on Dunkirk. Heavy night-time British air raid, 30+ on Bordeaux

 
Friday 7th February 1941
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Saturday 8th February 1941
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night-time British air raid, 20+ on Mannheim

 
Other

Wartime Football International: England 2-3 Scotland, St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

 
Sunday 9th February 1941
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Naval

British battleships shell Genoa and carrier aircraft attack Livorno

 
 
Politics

Churchill again pleads with the US: "give us the tools and we will finish the job" speech

Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night-time British air raid, 20+ on Wilhelmshaven

Western Desert Campaign: End of Operation Compass with British forces victory in western Egypt and the occupation of Cyrenaica, Libya

Western Desert Campaign: Mussolini is informed that German forces will be sent to North Africa

Other

Football International Copa America: Uruguay 6-0 Ecuador, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

Football International Copa America: Chile 1-0 Peru, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

Monday 10th February 1941
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Tuesday 11th February 1941
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 220+ on Hannover. Heavy night-time British air raid, 40+ on Rotterdam

 
Wednesday 12th February 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Snapper Submarine Lost Lost unknown reasons Bay of Biscay 12/02/1941  
 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 80+ on Bremen. Heavy night-time British air raid, 20+ on Hannover

Western Desert Campaign: German forces arrive in North Africa, known as the Afrika Korps and under the command of Erwin Rommel

Other

Football International Copa America: Argentina 2-1 Peru, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

Thursday 13th February 1941
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Friday 14th February 1941
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 40+ on Gelsenkirchen. Heavy night-time British air raid, 20+ on Homberg

 
Saturday 15th February 1941
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Politics

Start of Austrian Jews being deported to Polish ghettos

 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 70+ on Sterkrade. Main target the Holten Oil Plant. Heavy night-time British air raid, 40+ on Homberg. Heavy night-time British air raid, 40+ on Boulogne

 
Sunday 16th February 1941
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Other

European Lightweight Boxing Title Karl Blaho (Germany) beat Carl Andersen (Denmark) Pts 15, Sportpalast Schoenberg, Berlin.

Football International Copa America: Argentina 6-1 Ecuador, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

Football International Copa America: Chile 0-2 Uruguay, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

 
Monday 17th February 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid, 160+ aircraft attack on London

 
Other

World Heavyweight Boxing Title Joe Louis (USA) beat Gus Dorazio (USA) Ko 2, Convention Hall, Philadelphia.

 
Tuesday 18th February 1941
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Wednesday 19th February 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid, 70+ aircraft attack on Swansea

 
Thursday 20th February 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid, 80+ aircraft attack on Swansea

Western Desert Campaign: first clash between German and British forces in North Africa at El Agheila in Libya

 
Friday 21st February 1941
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Military

German forces move through Bulgaria to attack Greece

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid, 120+ aircraft attack on Swansea

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 40+ on Wilhelmshaven. Plus Minelaying operations of Brest

 
Other

World Middleweight Boxing Title Tony Zale (USA) beat Steve Mamakos (USA) Ko 14, Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena, Chicago.

 
Saturday 22nd February 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Marcello Submarine Lost Sunk by British convoy escort, in North Atlantic 22/02/1941  
 
Military

The Blitz: Minor night-time German air raid, 20+ aircraft attack on Hull

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 30+ on Brest

 
Sunday 23rd February 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Minor night-time German air raid, 40+ aircraft attack on Hull

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 30+ on Boulogne

 
Other

Football International Copa America: Argentina 1-0 Uruguay, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

Football International Copa America: Peru 4-0 Ecuador, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

 
Monday 24th February 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Dainty Destroyer Lost Bombed by German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Tobruk harbour, Libya, ship hit by 1,000 Ibs bomb, starting a major fire that caused the magazine to explode, 16 dead, 18 injured, 32.04N 24.04E 24/02/1940
Great Britain Terror Monitor Lost Damaged by a mine dropped by German Heikel He III aircraft, in Benghazi harbour, Libya 22/02/1941. Damaged by bombs from 3 German Ju 88 aircraft whilst under tow off Derma 23/02/1941. The ship was scuttled at 32.04N 24.05E 24/02/1941
 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 30+ on Brest

 
Tuesday 25th February 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Armando Diaz Light Cruiser Lost Torpedoed by British submarines Upright whilst escorting convoy to Libya off Kerkennah Island, Tunisia 34.33N 11.45E 25/02/1941  
Great Britain Exmoor Destroyer Escort Lost An explosion caused by ruptured fuel pipe during action with German E-boats, the ship capsized & sank, off Lowestoft, in the North Sea 25/02/1941  
 
Military

East Africa Front: British Indian forces capture Mogadishu the Italian capital of Italian Somaliland

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

 
Wednesday 26th February 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on Cardiff

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 130+ on Cologne

 
Other

Football International Copa America: Uruguay 2-0 Peru, Estadio Nacional, Santiago

 
Thursday 27th February 1941
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Friday 28th February 1941
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 120+ on Wilhelmshaven