March 1941

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  Axis Mar-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 4 5 9 Battleship 17 15 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 17 11 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 18
9 0 0 12 3 15 Light Cruiser 64 42 9 0 4 2 0 5 2 19
52 0 7 83 35 125 Destroyer 275 177 60 13 8 0 5 8 4 166
60 8 1 88 68 157 Submarine 141 53 66 0 0 0 2 20 0 102
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 172 138 21 9 4 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 0 0 8 8 Other 52 40 3 4 3 1 0 0 1 0

 

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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 108 54 16 7 8 2 2 16 5 16 9 19 4 8
Submarine 57 210 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 2

 

Saturday 1st March 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Firedrake Destroyer Damaged Damaged run aground off Malaga, Spain in thick fog, damaged her radar dome & propellers 01/03/1941  
 
Politics

Bulgaria joins Tripartite Pact joining the Axis powers as German troops marched from Romania into Bulgaria

Heinrich Himmler inspected the Auschwitz prison camp and ordered it to be expanded into a concentration camp and Rudolf Hess is made commandant

 
Military

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

 
Sunday 2nd March 1941
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Military

German troops reached the border of Greece

 
Monday 3rd March 1941
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Military

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

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid, 70+ aircraft attack on Cardiff

 
Tuesday 4th March 1941
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Naval

Operation Claymore: British Commando raid on the Lofoten island. Commando attack set fire to local fish oil tanks destroying 3,600 tons and captured rotor wheels form an Enigma machine and it's code books

Politics

Prince Regent Paul of Yugoslavia meets Hitler at the Berghof and agrees to join the Tripartite Pact

 
Military

Western Desert Campaign: Some British forces moved from North Africa to Greece

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid, 70+ aircraft attack on Cardiff

 
Other

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

 
Wednesday 5th March 1941
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Thursday 6th March 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Anfitrite Submarine Lost Sunk by British warship Greyhound in the Aegean Sea, 43 survivors captured 06/03/1941  
 
Military

Winston Churchill issued the Battle of the Atlantic directive, creating a committee to oversee the logistics of that theatre

 
Friday 7th March 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-47 Submarine Lost Missing in North Atlantic near the Rockall Banks, 45 dead, 0 survivors 60.00N, 19.00W, 07/03/1941  
Germany U-70 Submarine Lost Damaged when rammed by MV Mijdrecht, which she had torpedoed, badly damaged submarine dived, later forced to the surface by depth charges from British warships Camellia & Arbutus, in North Atlantic, N of Rockall, 20 dead, 25 survivors captured, 60.15N 14.00W 07/03/1941  
 
Military

British troops land in Piraeus, Greece

The Blitz: Major daylight German air raid, 70+ aircraft attack on Newark. The main target being the Ransome & Marles ball bearing works

 
Saturday 8th March 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid, 160+ aircraft attack on London. Buckingham Palace is hit

 
Sunday 9th March 1941
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Military

Italian Spring Offensive in the Albanian front begins

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid, 90+ aircraft attack on London

 
Other

Football International : Germany 4-2 Switzerland, Adolf-Hitler-Kampfbahn, Stuttgart

 
Monday 10th March 1941
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Military

British and Italian troops meet in a brief conflict in Eritrea

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid 240+ aircraft on Portsmouth

 
Tuesday 11th March 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Tynedale Destroyer Escort Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft, during air raid on Portsmouth. Ship was berthed along side Pitch House Jetty, when 3 bombs exploded alongside underwater, causing shock damage to Engine Room machinery 11/03/1941  
 
Politics

The Act to Promote the Defense of the United States known as 'Lend-Lease' is enacted by President Roosevelt allowing British, Chinese and other Allied nations to purchase military equipment and to defer payment until after the war.

Military The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid, 135+ aircraft attack on Birmingham  
Wednesday 12th March 1941
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raids, 90+ on Hamburg, 80+ on Bremen, 70+ Berlin

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid, 300+ aircraft attack on Liverpool & Bikenhead

 
Thursday 13th March 1941
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 140+ on Hamburg

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid 240+ aircraft on River Clyde and Glasgow area. Major night-time German air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on Liverpool and Birkenhead

 
Friday 14th March 1941
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 100+ on Gelsenkirchen

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid 450+ aircraft on River Clyde and Glasgow area

 
Saturday 15th March 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid, 90+ aircraft attack on London

 
Sunday 16th March 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid 180+ aircraft on Bristol

 
Other

Football International : Spain 5-1 Portugal, San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

 
Monday 17th March 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-100 Submarine Lost Depth charged & rammed by British warships Walker & Vanoc, SE of Iceland, 38 dead, 6 survivors captured 61N 12W 17/03/1941  
Germany U-99 Submarine Lost Scuttled after being depth charged & forced to the surface by British warships Walker & Vanoc, SW of the Faroes, 3 dead, 40 survivors captured 61.00N 12.00W 17/03/1941  
 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 60+ on Wilhelshaven and Bremen

 
Tuesday 18th March 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Andromeda Destroyer Escort Lost Torpedoed by British RNAS aircraft, off Karaborum, Vlore Bay, Albania 18/03/1941  
 
Military

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid 450+ aircraft on Hull

 
Wednesday 19th March 1941
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Military

Hitler gave Yugoslavia an ultimatum to join the Axis within five days or face invasion

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 90+ on Kiel and Wilhelshaven

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid 480+ aircraft on London

 
Thursday 20th March 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Malaya Battleship Damaged Damaged by torpedo from German submarine U-106, 250 miles NNW of Cape Verde Island, in the North Atlantic, torpedo hit in boiler room on port side, ship listing by 7 degrees, no casualties 20/03/1941  
 
Military

The Italian Spring Offensive on Albanian Front is called off, after heavy losses and virtually no progress.

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid 130+ aircraft on Plymouth

 
Friday 21st March 1941
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Military

The Yugoslav cabinet resigns in protest against Prince Paul's pact with the Nazis. Street demonstration occurs, expressive of a deep dislike for Germany

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 60+ on Lorient

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid 170+ aircraft on Plymouth

 
Other

World Heavyweight Boxing Title Joe Louis (USA) beat Abe Simon (USA) Rsf 13, Olympia, Detroit.

 
Saturday 22nd March 1941
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Sunday 23rd March 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany Scharnhorst Battleship Damaged Drydock for repairs to her boiler tubes at Brest 23/03/1941  
Germany U-551 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British anti-submarine trawler Visenda, SE of Iceland, in the North Atlantic, 45 dead, 0 survivors 62.37N 16.47W 23/03/1941  
 
Other

Football International : Yugoslavia 1-1 Hungary, Stadion SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade

 
Monday 24th March 1941
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Politics

Western Desert Campaign: German forces retake El Aghelia from British

 
Tuesday 25th March 1941
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Politics

Yugoslavia offically join the Tripartite Pact

 
Wednesday 26th March 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain York Heavy Cruiser Damaged Damaged by Italian MAS torpedoes whilst at anchor in Suda Bay, Crete, ship hit amidships flooding boiler rooms & one engine room, she was beached to prevent her sinking 26/03/1941  
 
Thursday 27th March 1941
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Naval

Japanese spy Takeo Yoshikawa arrives in Honolulu to study the American Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor

The Battle of Cape Matapan began off the southwest coast of Greece

 
Politics

Yugoslav coup d'état removes Regent Prince Paul and his govenrment and making 17 year old prince Peter king. King Peter II of Yugoslavia and his government did not ratify join the Tripartite Pact. Adolf Hitler orders invasion of Yugoslavia in response to the coup

 
Friday 28th March 1941
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Naval

British aircraft Carrier Formidable

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Vittorio Veneto Battleship Damaged Damaged by torpedo from Fairey Albacore torpedo bomber aircraft from British warship Formidable, during Battle of Cape Matapan, ship hit by port propeller shaft limiting ships speed to 19 knots & flooding ship with 4,000 tons of water 28/03/1941  
Italy Fiume Heavy Cruiser Lost Sunk by gunfire from British warships Warspite, Valiant & Barham during Battle of Cape Matapan, ship illuminated by searchlights and destroyed at close range by the main armament of British battleships 28/03/1941  
Italy Pola Heavy Cruiser Lost Damaged by torpedo from Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Formidable during the Battle of Cape Matapan. Ship was disabled & unable to move. After the crew had been taken off she was torpedoed & sunk by British warships Jervis & Nubian 28/03/1941  
Italy Zara Heavy Cruiser Lost Damaged by gunfire from British warships Warspite, Valiant & Barham during Battle of Cape Matapan, ship illuminated by searchlights and badly damaged at close range by the main armament of British battleships 28/03/1941. Torpedoed by British warship Jervis 29/03/1941  
Italy Generale Antonio Chinotto Destroyer Lost Mined by British mine off Cape Gallo W of Sicily, in the Mediterranean Sea 28/03/1941  
Italy Giosue Carducci Destroyer Lost Sunk by gunfire from British warships Greyhound, Griffin & Havoc and Australian warship Stuart during the Battle of Cape Matapan 28/03/1941  
Italy Vittorio Alfieri Destroyer Lost Sunk by gunfire from British warships Greyhound, Griffin & Havoc and Australian warship Stuart during the Battle of Cape Matapan 28/03/1941  
 
Saturday 29th March 1941
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Sunday 30th March 1941
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 100+ on Brest

 
Monday 31st March 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
GB Bonaventure Light Cruiser Lost Torpedoed by Italian submarine Ambra, S of Crete, in the Mediterranean Sea, ship hit on starboard side & sank in 6 minutes, 139 dead, 310 survivors rescued, 33.20N 26.35E 31/03/1941  
Italy Pier Capponi Submarine Lost Torpedoed by British submarines Rorquel, S of Stromboli Island, Tyrrhenian Sea 31/03/1941  
 
Military

Western Desert Campaign: German forces retake Mersa Brega from the British