July 1941

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  Axis Jul-41 Allied
Vichy France Denmark Romania Italy Germany Total Class Total Great Britain Free France Soviet Union Canada Australia New Zealand Poland Netherlands Norway
3 0 0 4 2 6 Battleship 16 10 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 Fleet Carrier 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 23 11 4 5 0 2 0 0 0 0
9 0 0 12 3 15 Light Cruiser 64 37 9 3 0 4 3 0 5 3
51 0 7 73 40 120 Destroyer 335 164 60 64 14 6 0 4 9 5
59 8 1 83 125 209 Submarine 358 57 65 208 0 0 0 2 20 0
1 0 0 0 0 0 Escort Carrier 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 0 3 28 9 40 Escorts 265 174 22 18 45 4 0 2 0 0
3 2 0 0 7 7 Other 47 35 3 0 4 3 1 0 0 1

 

Allied Neutral
ClassGreece Yugoslavia USAJapanArgentina BrazilChileColumbia Peru SwedenPortugal SpainTurkeyThailand
Battleship 0 0 14 10 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Fleet Carrier 0 0 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carrier 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruiser 1 0 19 18 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 2 0
Light Cruiser 0 0 19 19 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
Destroyer 9 0 177 112 16 7 8 2 2 18 5 16 6 8
Submarine 5 1 112 59 3 4 9 0 4 19 3 4 8 4
Escort Carrier 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 0 0 0 19 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 2

 

Tuesday 1st July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union M 81 Submarine Lost Mined off Laine Bank, Estonian coast 59.09N 22.58E 01/07/1941  
Great Britain Hyacinth Corvette Damaged Aground & stranded off Famagusta, Cyprus, in the Mediterranean Sea, damaging her A/S Dome & keel 01/07/1941.  
 
Military

General Auchinleck takes over from General Wavell in North Africa.

German forces occupy Riga the capital of Latvia

Wednesday 2nd July 1941
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Other

Beginning of the Ponary massacre in Lithuania. German SS Einsatzgruppe and Lithuanian collaborates carried out the massacre lasting until August. Some 70,000 Jews, 20,000 Poles and 8,000 Soviet POWs

European Featherweight Boxing Title Gino Bondavalli (Italy) beat Ernst Weiss (Germany) Pts 15, Engelmann Arena, Vienna.

 
Thursday 3rd July 1941
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Politics

Soviet leader Joseph Stalin announces a scorched earth policy in answer to the German invasion

 
Military

British forces defeat Vichy French forces in Syria at the Battle of Deir Ez-Zor

 
Friday 4th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Hyacinth Corvette Damaged Attacked by Axis aircraft whilst stranded off Famagusta, Cyprus, in the Mediterranean Sea 04/07/1941. Refloated 05/07/1941  
 
Other

German SS Einsatzgruppe massacres Polish scientists and intellectuals in the Polish city of Lwow

 
Saturday 5th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Michele Bianchi Submarine Lost Torpedoed by British submarine Tigris, in the Bay of Biscay, the boat caught on the surface when torpedoed on 05/07/1941  
Italy Jantina Submarine Lost Torpedoed by British submarines Torbay in the Aegean Sea, the boat caught on the surface when torpedoed on 05/07/1941  
 
Politics

Ecuadorian-Peruvian War starts

 
Military

German forces reach the Dnieper River

 
Sunday 6th July 1941
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Monday 7th July 1941
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Tuesday 8th July 1941
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Politics

Yugoslavia, a country formed by the Versailles treaty, is dissolved by the Axis into its parts; especially important will be Croatia, with a pro-Axis government.

The United Kingdom and the Soviet Union sign a mutual defence agreement, promising not to sign any form of separate peace agreement with Germany.

 
Wednesday 9th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union ShCh 206 Submarine Lost Mined off Sulina 09/07/1941  
 
Thursday 10th July 1941
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Friday 11th July 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Defender Destroyer Lost Damaged by Bombing by German aircraft & foundered undertow of Australian warship Vendetta off Sidi Barani 11/07/1941
 
Other

The Kovno Ghetto is established

 
Saturday 12th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Fearless Destroyer Lost Damaged & set on fire by a torpedo from Italian aircraft S of Sardinia, during Operation Substance, scuttled by gunfire from British warship Forester 37.40N 08.20E 27 dead 12/07/1941  
 
Military

The Vichy French surrenders to British & Commonwealth forces in Syria

 
Sunday 13th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Bystry Destroyer Lost Mined near Sevastopol 13/07/1941. Raised but bombed again by German aircraft 30/08/1941  
 
Monday 14th July 1941
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Tuesday 15th July 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Union Submarine Lost Torpedoed by Italian MTB, 25 miles SW of Pantelleria Island, Strait of Sicily 15/07/1941  
 
Wednesday 16th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Strashny Destroyer Damaged Damaged by mine 16/07/1941.  
 
Military

German Panzers reach Smolensk

Thursday 17th July 1941
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Friday 18th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Statny Destroyer Lost Mined in Moon Sound, Baltic Sea 18/07/1941  
 
Saturday 19th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Serdity Destroyer Lost Damaged by bombs from German aircraft off Oesel Island, Baltic Sea ship abandoned by crew 19/07/1941. Wreck torpedoed by German warship S 54 27/07/1941  
Great Britain Umpire Submarine Lost Rammed in error by British Armed Trawler Peter Hendriks, NW of Cromer, Norfolk, at night boat was hit by trawler as 2 convoys crossed each other, boat hit on port side flooding the forward torpedo room & sending her to the bottom, 22 dead, 16 survivors 19/07/1941  
 
Other

The "V-sign", displayed most notably by Churchill, is unofficially adopted as the Allied signal, along with the motif of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

 
Sunday 20th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Stremitely Destroyer Lost Bombed by German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber at Kola Inlet 20/07/1941  
 
Military

Heinrich Himmler visits Soviet POWs near Minsk and Lublin, whilst on a tour of new concentration campsites in occupied Russia.

Other

The Minsk Ghetto is established

 
Monday 21st July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union M 94 Submarine Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-140 in Baltic Sea 58.51N 22.02E 21/07/1941  
 
Other

Bessarabian Jews are massacred by the Wehrmacht, the Romanian Army, and Einsatzgruppe D

 
Tuesday 22nd July 1941
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Wednesday 23rd July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Manchester Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM 79 aircraft, during Operation Substance, in the western Mediterranean Sea, a torpedo hit starboard side aft in the boiler room & causing serious structural damage, she made her way on one propeller shaft to Gibraltar 23/07/1941. Arrived for repair Philadelphia 23/09/1941  
Great Britain Firedrake Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss from Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM 79 aircraft, S of Sardinia, in the Mediterranean Sea, during Operation Substance. Near miss from 100 Kg bomb caused serious structural damage & flooding. Towed to Gibraltar by British warship 23/07/1941. Arrived for repair Philadelphia 23/09/1941  
 
Thursday 24th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany Scharnhorst Battleship Damaged Damaged by bombs from British Handley Page Halifax I, at La Pallice. She was hit by 5 800 Ilb HE bombs. One bomb passed through her upper decks before exploding on the main armoured deck which contained the blast. The blast weakening her torpedo bulkhead, caused flooding by 7,000 tons of water and splinter damage to the ammunition hoists for the 37 mm AA turret. Three other bombs failed to explode on hitting her armour and the last passed through the ship and exited through the double bottom 24/07/1941. She was moved to Brest for repair in the drydock arriving 25/07/1941
 
Friday 25th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Achates Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a British mine after engine failure because of contaminated fuel, the ship drifted into a British minefield, off Iceland. Mine blew off the entire bow & caused major structural damage & flooding, 63 dead, 25 injured 64.25N 12.45W 25/07/1941. Towed by British warship Anthony for temporary repair Seidisfjord 26/07/1941. Arrived for repair UK 24/08/1941  
 
Saturday 26th July 1941
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Sunday 27th July 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Smely Destroyer Lost Damaged by a mine in Irben Straits, Baltic Sea & scuttled by Russian warship TKA-27 27/07/1941  
 
Monday 28th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a torpedo strike from British submarine Upholder, off Sicily, in the Mediterranean Sea 28/07/1941  
 
Military

Japanese troops occupy southern French Indochina. The Vichy French colonial government is allowed by the Japanese to continue to administer Vietnam and agree to Japanese bases in Indochina

 
Tuesday 29th July 1941
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Other

World Welterweight Boxing Title Freddie 'Red' Cochrane (USA) beat Fritzie Zivic (USA) Pts 15, Ruppert Stadium, Newark.

 
Wednesday 30th July 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Cachalot Submarine Lost Rammed by Italian MTB Generale Achille Papa 45 miles NW of Benghazi 32.49N 20.11E 30/07/1941  
 
Thursday 31st July 1941
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Politics

Under instructions from Adolf Hitler, Nazi official Hermann Göring orders SS general Reinhard Heydrich to "submit to me as soon as possible a general plan of the administrative material and financial measures necessary for carrying out the desired final solution of the Jewish question."