April 1941

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  Axis Apr-41 Allied Neutral
Vichy France Denmark Romania Italy Germany Total Class Total Great Britain Free France Canada Australia New Zealand Poland Netherlands Norway USA
3 0 0 3 4 7 Battleship 17 14 3 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 4 2 6 Heavy Cruiser 15 9 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 19
9 0 0 12 3 15 Light Cruiser 65 43 9 0 4 2 0 5 2 19
56 0 7 87 35 129 Destroyer 284 179 65 14 8 0 5 8 5 167
60 8 1 87 77 165 Submarine 142 54 66 0 0 0 2 20 0 106
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 190 150 21 15 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 18 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 110 57 16 7 8 2 2 17 5 16 9 19 4 8
Submarine 58 210 3 4 9 0 4 17 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

 

Tuesday 1st April 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Leone Destroyer Lost Struck uncharted rock 15 miles N of Awali Hutub, Red Sea 16.09N 39.55E 01/04/1941  
France Luronne Sloop Lost Mined off Lorient 04/1941  
Great Britain Quorn Destroyer Escort Damaged Damaged by near misses from 2 delayed action bombs from German aircraft, whilst on convoy duty in the North Sea. Damaged her stern quarter 01/04/1941  
 
Politics

Pro-German Rashid Ali and the 'Golden Square' stage a military coup d'état and overthrow the regime of the pro-British Prince Regent Abd al-Ilah and the Iraq government. Rashid Ali names himself Chief of a National Defence Government

 
Wednesday 2nd April 1941
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Military

Western Desert Campaign: Axis forces retake Agedabia from the British

 
Thursday 3rd April 1941
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Italy Cesare Battisti Destroyer Lost Damaged by bombs from British RNAS aircraft & scuttled off Scio Aiba, Arabian coast 03/04/1941  
Italy Daniele Manin Destroyer Lost Bombed by British aircraft 100 miles NE of Port Sudan, Red Sea ship capsized 20.20N 30.10E 03/04/1941  
Italy Giovanni Acerbi Destroyer Lost Bombed by British aircraft at Massawa 03/04/1941  
Italy Nazario Sauro Destroyer Lost Bombed by British aircraft Jeddah, Red Sea ship capsized 20N 30E 03/04/1941  
Italy Pantera Destroyer Lost Scuttled off Somalia, Red Sea to avoid action with British forces 03/04/1941  
Italy Tigre Destroyer Lost Scuttled off Somalia, Red Sea to avoid action with British forces 03/04/1941  
Great Britain Worcestershire Armed Merchant Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-74, in North Atlantic W of Rockall 58.19N 27.25W 03/04/1941  
 
Politics

Pro-German National Defence Government established in Iraq

 
Military

Western Desert Campaign: Axis forces retake Benghazi from the British

East Africa Front: British forces capture Asmara the capital of Italian Eritrea

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 90+ aircraft on Bristol/Avonmouth

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 90+ on Brest. Target being German warships Scharnhorst & Gneisnau

 
Friday 4th April 1941
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Greece Proussa Torpedo boat Damaged Damaged by Bombing from German aircraft 04/04/1941  
France Suippe Sloop Lost Bombed by German aircraft at Falmouth 04/04/1941  
Great Britain Voltaire Armed Merchant Cruiser Lost Damaged by gunfire in battle with German AMC Thor, W of the Cape Verde Island, in the North Atlantic, the ship caught fire & sank 30 minutes later, 75 dead, 197 survivors captured 14.25N 40.40W 04/04/1941  
 
Military

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 90+ aircraft on Bristol/Avonmouth

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 50+ on Brest. Target being German warships Scharnhorst & Gneisnau

 
Saturday 5th April 1941
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Germany U-76 Submarine Lost Damaged by a depth charge from British warships Wolverine & Scarborough, NW of Rockall, crew abandoned submarine, but chlorine gas from batteries prevented boarding party from searching submarine effectively before it sank, 1 dead, 42 survivors captured, 58.35N 20.20W 05/04/1941  
 
Sunday 6th April 1941
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Germany Gneisenau Battleship Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from British Bristol Beaufort aircraft, whilst moored in the outer harbour at Brest. Hit in her stern the torpedo did serious damage. Attacking aircraft was shot down killing all of her crew 06/04/1941. Captain of the ship had previously moved the ship out into the harbour, from the docks, to avoid the bombing from British aircraft
Great Britain Comorin Armed Merchant Cruiser Lost Caught fire mid-Atlantic crew rescued British warships Lincoln, Broke & SS Glenartney 54.34N 21.20W 06/04/1941  
 
Military

Germany, Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria invades Yugoslavia

East Africa Front: British forces capture Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia

Western Desert Campaign: Axis forces retake Derna from the British

ber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 70+ on Brest. Target being German warships Scharnhorst & Gneisnau

Germany invades Yugoslavia & Greece

 
Other

Football International: Germany Germany 7-0 Hungary, Sportpark Höhenberg, Cologne

 
Monday 7th April 1941
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Military

German aircraft assault Belgrade

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 470+ aircraft on Glasgow/Clydeside & Heavy night-time German air raid 210+ aircraft on Liverpool/Birkenhead

 
Tuesday 8th April 1941
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Great Britain Capetown Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from Italian torpedo boat MAS 213, whilst on patrol N of Massawa, in the Red Sea. Torpedo hit after boiler room causing flooding & serious structural damage. Her engines were knocked out on 08/04/1941. Arrived under tow by Australian warship Parramatta at Port Sudan 10/04/1941. The ship was de-stored & crew paid in preparation for a tow to Bombay for repair  
Italy Vincenzo Giordano Orsini Destroyer Lost Damaged by British Army artillery Massawa harbour, scuttled by crew 08/04/1941  
 
Military

German forces take Salonika, Greece

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 340+ aircraft on Coventry

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 160+ on Kiel

 

 
Other

World Heavyweight Boxing Title Joe Louis (USA) beat Tony Musto (USA) Rsf 9, St Louis Arena, St Louis.

 
Wednesday 9th April 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 450+ aircraft on Birmingham & Heavy night-time German air raid 120+ aircraft on Tyneside

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 80+ on Berlin

 
Thursday 10th April 1941
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Naval

American warship Niblack attacks German U-boat for the first time after it had torpedoed a Dutch freighter

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany Gneisenau Battleship Damaged Damaged by bombs from British aircraft in drydock at Brest. Hit by bombs, 2 of which exploded on her main armoured deck & 2 failed to explode, 72 dead, 90 injured 10/04/1941  
 
Military

American forces occupy Greenland

Western Desert Campaign: Axis forces encircle the port of Tobruk and take Fort Capuzzo and Sollum on the Egyptian border

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 200+ aircraft on Birmingham

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 50+ on Brest. Target being German warships Scharnhorst & Gneisnau. Minor night-time British air raid, 30+ on Dusseldorf

 
Friday 11th April 1941
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Politics

Americans begin sea patrols in North Atlantic

 
Military

Battle of Vevi starts between German and Commonwealth forces

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 210+ aircraft on Bristol/Avonmouth

 
Saturday 12th April 1941
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Military

German forces occupy Belgrade and Yugoslavia surrenders

Battle of Vevi ends in victory for German forces over Commonwealth forces

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 90+ on Brest. Target being German warships Scharnhorst & Gneisnau. Minor night-time British air raid, 30+ on Dusseldorf

 
Sunday 13th April 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Greece Vasilefs Georgios Destroyer Damaged Damaged by German aircraft whilst at anchor in the Saronic Gulf, Greece. Near misses caused extensive flooding on 13/04/1941
Great Britain Rajputana Armed Merchant Cruiser Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-108, in the Denmark Strait, W of Iceland, 41 dead, 277 survivors 64.50N 27.25W 13/04/1941  
 
Politics

Soviet-Japanese Non-aggression Pact is signed in Moscow

 
Monday 14th April 1941
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France Coquerante Sloop Lost Bombed by German aircraft, near Falmouth, in the English Channel 14/04/1941  
 
Military

Western Desert Campaign: Axis forces attack Tobruk but are repulsed

 
Tuesday 15th April 1941
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Military

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 180+ aircraft on Belfast

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

 
Wednesday 16th April 1941
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Italy Baleno Destroyer Lost Damaged in Battle of the Tarigo Convoy by British warships Jervis, Janus, Mohawk & Nubian 16/04/1941 Capsized 17/04/1941  
Italy Lampo Destroyer Damaged Sank in shallow water & on fire after Battle of the Tarigo Convoy by British warships Jervis, Janus, Mohawk & Nubian 16/04/1941  
Italy Luca Tarigo Destroyer Lost Sunk by gunfire from British warships Nubian, Jervis & Mohawk, Battle of the Tarigo Convoy, off Tunisian coast 16/04/1941  
Great Britain Mohawk Destroyer Lost Damaged by a torpedo from Italian warship Luca Tarago, during Battle of the Tarigo Convoy, scuttled by gunfire from British warship Janus off the coast of Tunisia, 41 dead, 168 survivors 34.56N 11.42E 16/04/1941  
 
Military

Western Desert Campaign: Axis forces attack Tobruk again but were again repulsed

German forces capture the Kleisoura Pass, Greece and cut the Greek army in Albania's line of retreat

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 680+ aircraft on London

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 100+ on Bremen

 
Other

Wartime Football International: England 4-1 Wales, City Ground, Nottingham

 
Thursday 17th April 1941
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Yugoslavia Beograd Destroyer Lost Damaged by bombs from German aircraft returned to Kotor 16/04/1941. Captured by Italians at Kotor 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia Dubrovnik Destroyer Lost Captured by Italians at Kotor 17/04/1941  
Greece Leon Destroyer Lost Damaged in collision with liner Ardenna losing stern, rudders & propellers 17/04/1941. Ship beached off Crete. Bombed by German aircraft at Suda Bay, Crete 15/05/1941  
Yugoslavia T 01 Torpedo boat Lost Captured by Italians 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia T 02 Torpedo boat Lost Captured by Italians 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia T 05 Torpedo boat Lost Captured by Italians 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia T 06 Torpedo boat Lost Captured by Italians 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia T 07 Torpedo boat Lost Captured by Italians 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia T 08 Torpedo boat Lost Captured by Italians 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia Zagreb Destroyer Lost Scuttled in Kotor harbour to avoid capture 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia Hrabri Submarine Captured Captured by Italians 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia Osvetnik Submarine Captured Captured by Italians 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia Smeli Submarine Captured Captured by Italians 17/04/1941  
Yugoslavia Dalmacija Heavy Cruiser Lost Captured by Italians at Kotor 17/04/1941  
 
Politics

Yugoslav government-in-exile is set up in London

 
Military

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 260+ aircraft on Portsmouth

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy night-time British air raid, 120+ on Berlin

 
Friday 18th April 1941
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Politics

Greek PM Alexandros Koryzis commits suicide

 
Military

British plan to evacuate Greece

British Indian forces land at Basra, Iraq to reinstate the pro-British government

 
Saturday 19th April 1941
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Sunday 20th April 1941
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Greece Vasilefs Georgios Destroyer Lost Lost when the floating dock she was being repaired on was scuttled to avoid capture by the German Army, Salamis harbour 20/04/1941  
Greece Psara Destroyer Lost Bombed by German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Megara, a bomb blew away forecastle & ship sank after bulkheads gave way 40 dead 20/04/1941  
 
Military

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

 
Other

Football International: Switzerland 2-1 Germany, Wankdorf Stadium, Berne

 
Monday 21st April 1941
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Greece Thyella Destroyer Lost Bombed by German aircraft Vouliagmeni Bay, Athens 21/04/1941  
 
Military

The Greek army, cut off in Albania, surrender to German forces. 223,000 Greek troops are captured

The Blitz: Heavy night-time German air raid 120+ aircraft on Plymouth/Devonport

 
Tuesday 22nd April 1941
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Naval

British begin evacuation of Greece

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Greece 97 Ydra Destroyer Lost Bombed by German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Crete 22/04/1941  
Greece Kios Torpedo boat Lost Bombed by German aircraft off Athens 22/04/1941  
 
Military

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

 
Wednesday 23rd April 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Greece Proussa Torpedo boat Lost Scuttled at Salamis harbour to avoid capture by German army 23/04/1941  
Greece Kilkis Ironclad Lost Bombed by German aircraft off Salamis 23/04/1941  
Greece Lemnos Ironclad Lost Bombed by German aircraft off Salamis 23/04/1941  
 
Politics

Greek government moves to Crete

 
Military

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 300+ aircraft on Plymouth/Devonport

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 70+ on Brest. Target being German warships Scharnhorst & Gneisnau

 
Thursday 24th April 1941
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Naval

Evacuation of Commonwealth forces from Greece to Crete

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Greece Kyzikos Torpedo boat Lost Bombed by German aircraft off Salamis 24/04/1941  
Italy Simone Schiaffino Destroyer Lost Mined off Cape Bon 37.08N 11.10E 24/04/1941  
 
Military

Battle of Thermopylae: Start of the battle between German forces and ANZAC forces

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

 
Friday 25th April 1941
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Naval

Churchill talking to merchant seamen in Liverpool

Country Vessel Type Report description
Greece Pergamos Torpedo boat Lost Scuttled whilst laid up for repair in Salamis harbour 25/04/1941  
Great Britain Usk Submarine Lost Mined off Cape Bon, Tunisia about 25/04/1941. Boat overdue at Malta 03/05/1941  
 
Military

Battle of Thermopylae: The end of the battle sees successful ANZAC withdrawal from German forces

The Blitz: Minor night-time German air raid 60+ aircraft on Sunderland

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

 
Other

World Bantamweight Boxing Title Lou Salica (USA) beat Lou Transparenti (USA) Pts 15, The Coliseum, Baltimore.

 
Saturday 26th April 1941
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Greece Kidoniai Torpedo boat Lost Bombed by German aircraft off Morea, Greece 26/04/1941  
 
Military

Western Desert Campaign: Axis forces attack Gazala defence line and cross into Egypt

The Blitz: Minor night-time German air raid 90+ aircraft on Liverpool/Birkenhead

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

 
Sunday 27th April 1941
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Great Britain Diamond Destroyer Lost Bombed by German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Morea, in the Aegean Sea, bombed in company with British warship Wryneck whilst attempting to rescue troops from Dutch ship Slamat, 253 crew dead, 700+ troops, 23 survivors 36.30N 23.34E 27/04/1941  
Great Britain Wryneck Destroyer Lost Bombed by German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Morea, in the Aegean Sea, bombed in company with British warship Diamond whilst attempting to rescue troops from Dutch ship Slamat, 50 survivors 36.30N 23.34E 27/04/1941  
 
Politics

German forces occupy Athens. Greece forces surrender

 
Military

The Blitz: Minor night-time German air raid 40+ aircraft on Portsmouth

 
Monday 28th April 1941
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Germany U-65 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warship Douglas, North Atlantic NNW of Rockall, 50 dead 60.04N 15.45W 28/04/1941  
 
Military

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 120+ aircraft on Plymouth/Devonport

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night-time British air raid, 20+ on Brest. Target being German warships Scharnhorst & Gneisnau

 
Tuesday 29th April 1941
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Great Britain Encounter Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss by Axis aircraft, whilst at No. 2 Dock, Valetta Harbour, Malta 29/04/1940. Damaged by bomb causing major structural damage 30/04/1941  
 
Military

The Blitz: Major night-time German air raid 70+ aircraft on Plymouth/Devonport

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

 
Wednesday 30th April 1941
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Great Britain York Heavy Cruiser Damaged During salvage operation, British submarine Rover was tied up alongside providing electricity, whilst the York's guns provided AA cover 30/04/1941  
 
Military

Western Desert Campaign: Axis forces attack Tobruk again but were again repulsed

The Bomber Offensive: Major night-time British air raid, 80+ on Kiel