August 1941

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  Axis Aug-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 5 1 6 Battleship 17 11 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 11 3 14 Light Cruiser 66 39 9 3 0 4 3 0 5 3
51 0 7 73 42 122 Destroyer 330 163 60 59 14 7 0 4 9 5
59 8 1 82 142 225 Submarine 354 55 65 206 0 0 0 2 20 0
1 0 0 0 0 0 Escort Carrier 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 0 3 28 9 40 Escorts 274 180 22 18 47 4 0 2 0 1
3 2 0 0 7 7 Other 46 34 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 5 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

 

Friday 1st August 1941
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Politics

American President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced an embargo on the export of oil and aviation fuel to anywhere outside the Western Hemisphere except the British Empire. This action was aimed at Japan

 
Military

Japanese forces occupy Saigon, French Indochina

Other

Eastern Galicia and Lvov are annexed to the German General Government, and the BiaƂystok Ghetto is established

 
Saturday 2nd August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Hermiome Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged bow ramming & sinking Italian submarine Tembien, off Tunis, in the Mediterranean Sea 02/08/1941. Arrived for repair at Gibraltar 04/08/1941  
Great Britain Faulknor Destroyer Withdrew Withdraw for repair to propulsion turbines, sabotage suspected 02/08/1941. Arrived for repair Southampton 20/08/1941  
Soviet Union S 011 Submarine Lost Mined off Sodavain Bay, Estonia, 44 dead, 58.41.3N 22.25.4E 02/08/1941. Raised 1949  
Italy Tembien Submarine Lost Rammed by British warship Hermione off Tunis, in the western Mediterranean Sea 02/08/1941  
 
Politics

The United States extended Lend-Lease to apply to the Soviet Union

 
Other

All civilian radios in Norway were confiscated by the German occupation

 
Sunday 3rd August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-401 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warships Wanderer, St. Albans & Hydrangea in the North Atlantic, SE of Ireland, 45 dead, 0 survivors 50.27N 19.50W 03/08/1941  
 
Politics

German Catholic Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen gave a sermon condemning the Nazi practice known as Aktion T4. The systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and handicapped. Thousands of copies of the sermon were distributed throughout Germany, breaking the secrecy that surrounded the euthanasia programme known as Aktion T4

 
Monday 4th August 1941
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Tuesday 5th August 1941
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Military

German forces trap Red Army forces in Smolensk pocket and take 300,000 soldiers. German forces capture Orel

 
Other

British Empire Bantamweight Boxing Title Jim Brady (GB) beat Jackie Paterson (GB) Pts 15, Hampden Park, Glasgow.

 
Wednesday 6th August 1941
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Politics

American and British Government warn Japan against threatening the independence and integrity of Thailand

 
Military

Germans forces capture Smolensk

 
Thursday 7th August 1941
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Politics

The Australian government warned that it would not stand by and watch Japanese expansion in the Pacific

 
Military

Germans forces reach the Gulf of Finland, cutting the Soviet forces in Estonia in two. Soviet forces in Tallinn detached cut off

 
Friday 8th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Karl Marx Destroyer Lost Bombed by German aircraft in Loksa Bay, near Reveal 08/08/1941  
 
Saturday 9th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-144 Submarine Lost Torpedoed by Russian submarine SC-307, N of Dago, in the Gulf of Finland, 0 survivors 28 dead 59.00N 23.00E 09/08/1941  
 
Politics

Charles Lindbergh made a speech in Cleveland in which he accused American interventionists of plotting to create "incidents and situations" that would plunge the United States into war "under the guise of defending America

American President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet at NS Argentia, Newfoundland. The Atlantic Charter is created, signed, and released to the world press.

Sunday 10th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union M 57 Submarine Lost Mined off Vladivostok 10-16/08/1941  
Soviet Union M 63 Submarine Lost Mined off Vladivostok 10-16/08/1941?  
 
Politics

President Roosevelt and his representatives came aboard the Prince of Wales for a Sunday prayer service with Churchill, who later recalled the event as "a deeply moving expression of the unity of faith of our two peoples." Churchill selected the hymns himself, ending with "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past"

 
Monday 11th August 1941
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Other

During daylight raid on Rotterdam docks, British Bristol Blenheim aircraft dropped 500 Ils of tea bags from the Dutch East Indies for the local Dutch to find and enjoy

 
Tuesday 12th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Picotee Corvette Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-568, S of Iceland, in North Atlantic, 60.00N 16.01W, 0 survivors 12/08/1941  
 
Military

Adolf Hitler, against the advice of his generals, shifts German forces from the Moscow front to Leningrad and the Crimean offensives

 
Wednesday 13th August 1941
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Thursday 14th August 1941
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Politics

American President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill jointly issued the Atlantic Charter, stating the Allied goals for the post-war world

 
Friday 15th August 1941
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Politics

American President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sent a joint message of assistance to the Soviet Union. "We realize fully how vitally important to the defeat of Hitlerism is the brave and steadfast resistance of the Soviet Union and we feel therefore that we must not in any circumstances fail to act quickly and immediately in this matter on planning the program for the future allocation of our joint resources," the statement concluded

 
Saturday 16th August 1941
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Military

Germans forces occupied the Soviet naval base at Mykolaiv and captured warships, ammunition and repair facilities

 
Sunday 17th August 1941
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Military

German forces capture the Russian city of Novgorod and the Estonian city of Narva

 
Monday 18th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union D 06 Yakobinec Submarine Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft off Sevastopol 18/08/1941  
Great Britain P 33 Submarine Lost Depth charged by Italian warships, off Pantelleria Island, in the Mediterranean Sea, 32 dead, 0 survivors 18/08/1941  
Great Britain P 32 Submarine Lost Mined by Italian mine ENE of Tripoli, in the Mediterranean Sea, 30 dead, 2 survivors 33.03N 13.16E 18/08/1941  
Great Britain Quorn Destroyer Escort Damaged Damaged by a German mine, on passage from Harwich to Chatham. Damaged ship's hull plating & machinery 18/08/1941  
 
Military

German forces reached the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia. The Red Army dynamited the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station to delay the enemy from getting across the Dnieper, resulting in many civilian and military deaths

 
Other

Adolf Hitler orders a temporary halt to Nazi Germany's Aktion T4 the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and handicapped due to protests. However, the Aktion T4 programme was transferred to the SS concentration camps, where it continued in secret

Radio Belgrade played an obscure two-year-old German song called "Lili Marleen" sung by Lale Andersen. The song was an instant hit and became one of the most popular songs of the war among Axis and Allied troops alike fighting in North Africa

One British Bristol Blenheim aircraft flying over Rotterdam drops a spare artificial leg for Wing Commander Douglas Bader, who had had to leave one of his original artificial legs trapped in his crashing Supermarine Spitfire that had been shot down over the Netherlands. He had had to leave the leg behind to escape his doomed aircraft

Tuesday 19th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Norway Bath Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-204 SW of Ireland ship hit in engine room & broke in two 49.00N 17.00W 89 dead 19/08/1941  
 
Politics

Germany and Romania sign the Tiraspol Agreement

 
Military

Germans forces capture the Russian city Gomel

 
Wednesday 20th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Inglefield Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with an uncharted underwater pinnacle in Sassen Bay, Spitsbergen. Her ASDIC Dome was damaged, but the ship remained operational on 20/08/1941. Arrived at Scapa Flow for underwater inspection 14/09/1941. Arrived for repaired Humberside 22/09/1941  
 
Other

Drancy internment camp is established for French Jews at Sipo near Paris and staffed by French Gendarmes

 
Thursday 21st August 1941
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Friday 22nd August 1941
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Military

German forces close in on Leningrad; the citizens continue improvising fortifications

 
Saturday 23rd August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Zinnia Corvette Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-564, SW of Porto, Portugal, in the North Atlantic 40.25N 10.40W 23/08/1941  
 
Sunday 24th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Engels Destroyer Lost Mined off Cape Juminda, Baltic Sea 24/08/1941  
 
Monday 25th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-452 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British anti-submarine trawler Vascama & British Catalina aircraft in the North Atlantic, SE of Iceland, 42 dead, 0 survivors 61.30N 15.30W 25/08/1941  
Soviet Union M 103 Submarine Lost Mind Gulf of Finland north of Vormsi Island, Estonia 25/08/1941  
 
Military

British and Soviet forces invade Iran to save the Abadan oilfields and the important railways and routes to the Soviet Union for the supply of war material

 
Tuesday 26th August 1941
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Military

Germans forces capture the city of Dnipropetrovsk

 
Other

Disputed World Light-Heavyweight Boxing Title Gus Lesnevich (USA) beat Tami Mauriello (USA) pts 15, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

 
Wednesday 27th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Phoebe Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from Italian aircraft, off Bardia, Libya, in the Mediterranean Sea, hit on the starboard side forward causing major flooding 27/08/1941  
Germany U-570 Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charges from British Hudson aircraft (RNAS Sqdn 269/S), S of Iceland, in the North Atlantic. The boat was caught on the surface & could not dive after the attack, the crew then surrendered to the aircraft. The boat was captured British warship Burwell & Canadian warship Niagara, some Enigma encryption codebooks were recovered from the boat, 0 dead, 44 survivors captured, 62.15N 18.35W 27/08/1941. The boat was towed to Hvalfjord, Iceland 05/09/1941.
Soviet Union ShCh 301 Scuka Submarine Lost Mined on Juminda mine barrage, off the coast of Estonia, in the Baltic Sea, 39 dead, 2 survivors 27/08/1941  
 
Thursday 28th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Skory Destroyer Lost Mined in Baltic Sea 28/08/1941  
Soviet Union Artem Destroyer Lost Mined off Cape Juminda, Baltic Sea 28/08/1941  
Soviet Union Kalinin Destroyer Lost Mined off Cape Juminda, Baltic Sea 28/08/1941  
Soviet Union Novik Destroyer Lost Mined off Cape Juminda, Baltic Sea 28/08/1941  
Soviet Union Volodarski Destroyer Lost Mined off Seiskari Island 28/08/1941  
Soviet Union S 005 Submarine Lost Mined on Juminda mine barrage 33 miles NE of Tallin, Estonia, 9 survivors 59.80N 25.53E 28/08/1941  
Soviet Union Snieg Escort Lost Mined off Cape Juminda, Baltic Sea 28/08/1941  
Soviet Union Tsiklon Escort Lost Mined off Cape Juminda, in the Baltic Sea 28/08/1941  
 
Friday 29th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain St. Mary's Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with transport ship Royal Ulsterman off the W coast of Scotland 29/08/1941. Arrived for repair Manchester Docks, Salford  
 
Saturday 30th August 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union S 006 Submarine Lost Mined on Juminda mine barrage 30/08/1941  
 
Sunday 31st August 1941
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