September 1941

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  Axis Sep-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 18 12 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 24 12 4 5 0 2 0 0 0 0
9 0 0 11 3 14 Light Cruiser 65 38 9 3 0 4 3 0 5 3
51 0 7 73 42 122 Destroyer 320 160 60 52 14 8 0 4 9 4
59 8 1 82 147 230 Submarine 349 56 65 200 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 279 179 24 16 52 4 0 2 0 2
3 2 0 0 7 7 Other 45 33 3 0 4 3 1 0 0 1

 

AlliedNeutral
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 6 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 18 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
Destroyer 9 0 178 113 16 7 8 2 2 18 5 16 6 8
Submarine 5 1 112 60 3 4 9 0 4 19 3 4 8 4
Escort Carrier 0 0 2 2 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

 

Monday 1st September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Bezbozhnik Submarine Damaged Damaged in an accident in 09/1941. Not repaired  
Italy Smeraldo Submarine Lost Lost unknown cause central 09/1941  
Italy Alessandro Malaspina Submarine Lost Lost unknown cause in North Atlantic 09/1941  
 
Politics

All Jews under German rule must wear the yellow star of David badge with "Jew" clearly written in it, are forbidden to live with or marry non-Jews, and are forbidden to leave their towns without written consent, in accordance with the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. The decree, signed by Reinhard Heydrich Director of the Gestapo

Military

Finnish armies in the north completely cut off Leningrad. German forces also came within artillery range of Leningrad.

 
Tuesday 2nd September 1941
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Wednesday 3rd September 1941
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Military

German heavy artillery began shelling Leningrad

Other

German SS use Zyklon B experimentally at Auschwitz concentration camp, gassing 600 Soviet prisoners of war and 250 sick Polish prisoners. The experiment has been deemed a success

 
Thursday 4th September 1941
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Naval German submarine U-652 fires a torpedo, and missed, at American warship Greer in the North Atlantic 04/09/1941. This incident increases tension between the United States of America & Germany  
 
Friday 5th September 1941
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Military

Finnish forces reconquer the Karelian Isthmus

 
Other

The film Citizen Kane was released in the US

The Pavoloch massacre occurred when the Einsatzgruppen shot 1,500 Jews in the Ukrainian shtetl of Pavoloch

 
Saturday 6th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Nigeria Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a mine during the sinking of German warship Bremse, near Porshanger Fjord, Norway, the bow of the ship was damaged on 06/09/1941  
 
Politics

Japanese imperial conference decides Japan will go to war with the United States if the oil embargo is not lifted

 
Military

Hitler issued Directive No. 35, Moscow Offensive. Army Group Centre was instructed to prepare for a drive on Moscow at the end of September

 
Other

6,000 Jews were shot at Ponary, a day after the order to form the Vilna Ghetto was issued.

 
Sunday 7th September 1941
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Politics

The results of a Gallup poll were published asking Americans, "Should the United States take steps now to keep Japan from becoming more powerful, even if it means risking a war with Japan?" 70% said yes, 18% said no and 12% expressed no opinion

 
Military

German forces broke through Soviet defences near Konotop. German forces also capture Chernihiv

 
Monday 8th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Maggiore Baracca Submarine Lost Rammed by British warship Croome, NE of Azores, in the North Atlantic 40.15N 20.55W 08/09/1941  
Great Britain Croome Destroyer Escort Damaged Damaged ramming Italian submarine Maggiore Baracca, NE of Azores, in the North Atlantic 40.15N 20.55W 08/09/1941  
 
Politics

Hungarian Regent Miklós Horthy began a three-day visit to Hitler at his Wolf's Lair.

Stalin orders the Volga Germans deported to Siberia

 
Military

The Siege of Leningrad begins as the city was encircled by German & Finnish forces

 
Other

Football International: Slovakia 1-1 Croatia, Stadion Pasienky, Bratislava

 
Tuesday 9th September 1941
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Wednesday 10th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-501 Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charges from Canadian warships Chambly & Moose-Jaw, in the Straits of Denmark, S of Angmagsalik, Greenland, boat was forced to the surface next to Moose-Jaw. The boat's captain jumped on board the ship without getting wet. The Canadian ships feared a boarding attempt by the crew of the German boat & moved away. Chambly then rammed the submarine. The Canadians then board looking for any Enigma equipment. When inside it became obvious that the boat was sinking quickly. 1 Canadian died, 11 dead, 37 survivors captured 62.50N 37.50W 10/09/1941  
 
Politics

Nazi-occupied Norway, martial law was declared and trade union officials were arrested to prevent a trade union plan for a general strike.

 
Thursday 11th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-207 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warships Leamington & Veteran, in the Straits of Denmark SW of Angmassalik, Greenland, 41 dead, 0 survivors 63.59N 34.48W 11/09/1941  
 
Politics

American President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the United States Navy to shoot on sight if any ship or convoy is threatened

Charles Lindbergh made a speech on behalf of the America First Committee in Des Moines, Iowa which included remarks that would be instantly controversial: "The three most important groups who have been pressing this country toward war are the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration." Lindbergh said he admired the British and Jewish races, but claimed that the Jews' "greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government."

Military

Joseph Stalin fired Semyon Budyonny as Commander-in-Chief of the Southwest Direction and replaced him with Semyon Timoshenko

 
Other

World Featherweight Boxing Title Chalky Wright (USA) beat Joey Archibald (USA) Ko 11, Griffith Stadium, Washington DC.

 
Friday 12th September 1941
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Saturday 13th September 1941
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Military

Soviet General Georgy Zhukov arrived in Leningrad to replace Kliment Voroshilov as the commanding officer of the city's garrison

Sunday 14th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-85 Submarine Damaged Damaged by depth charge attack from Canadian warships Skeena & Alberni NE of Cape Farewell 14/09/1941  
 
Military

German forces link up at Lokhvitsa, completing the encirclement of Kiev.

 
Other

Football International: Sweden 2-2 Denmark, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm

 
Monday 15th September 1941
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Military

Hitler re-activated the rocket program at Peenemünde Army Research Center.

 
Other

Dutch Jews are prohibited from appearing in public and are deprived of the majority of their assets. The deportation of Romanian Jews to Transnistria begins.

German SS Moving Aktion Group in Vilna Ghetto. Of 3,500 Jews "moved" between ghetto sections, only 550 arrive. The remaining 2,950 Jews are shot at the Ponary massacre death site.

 
Tuesday 16th September 1941
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Politics

Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, is forced to resign in favour of his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran under pressure from the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union.

 
Wednesday 17th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Sweden Klas Uggla Destroyer Damaged Sunk when torpedoes or oil tanks of Swedish destroyer Gotebog exploded in Haarsfjarden naval base near Stockholm 17/09/1941. Constructive total loss.  
Sweden Klas Horn Destroyer Damaged Sunk when torpedoes or oil tanks of Swedish destroyer Gotebog exploded in Haarsfjarden naval base near Stockholm 17/09/1941. Raised & repaired after the war  
Sweden Goteborg Destroyer Damaged Sunk when torpedoes or oil tanks of Swedish destroyer Gotebog exploded in Haarsfjarden naval base near Stockholm 17/09/1941. Raised & repaired after the war  
Soviet Union P1 Pravda Submarine Lost Mined off Hango, Finland 17/09/1941  
 
Military

The Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran concluded. Great Britain and the Soviet Union set up a joint occupation of the country

 
Other

Listening to foreign radio in the German Reich became punishable by death

 
Thursday 18th September 1941
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Politics

The Soviet Union announced conscription for all males aged 16–50

 
Friday 19th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Canada Levis Corvette Lost Damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-74, E of Cape Farewell, in the North Atlantic, the crew abandoned ship except damage control party, she was taken in tow by Canadian warship Mayflower, but she sank, 2 dead 60.07N 38.37W 19/09/1941  
 
Military

Germans forces capture Kiev and take 500,000 Red Army soldiers prisoner

 
Saturday 20th September 1941
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Sunday 21st September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union Oktyabrskaya Revolutsia Battleship Damaged Damaged by 3 bombs from German aircraft 21/09/1941. Arrived for repair Ordzhonikidze Yard 23/09/1941  
Soviet Union Steregushchiy Destroyer Damaged Bombed by German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber at Kronstadt 21/09/1941  
Soviet Union Frunze Destroyer Lost Bombed by German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Tendra Island 21/09/1941  
Soviet Union Vikhr Escort Damaged Bombed by German aircraft 21/09/1941  
 
Monday 22nd September 1941
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Tuesday 23rd September 1941
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Wednesday 24th September 1941
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Politics

The Inter-Allied Council met in St James's Palace. Representatives of the Soviet Union and Free France as well the governments-in-exile of Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Yugoslavia unanimously affirmed the common principles of the policy outlined in the Atlantic Charter.

 
Thursday 25th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany Admiral Scheer Pocket-Battleship Lost Damaged by an accidental explosion of 2 of her depth charges, whilst on route from Swinemunde to Norway. The explosion was caused by a crew handling error on 25/09/1941  
 
Friday 26th September 1941
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Saturday 27th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Nelson Battleship Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM 84 aircraft, NW of La Galite Island, in the Mediterranean Sea, during Operation Halberd, a torpedo hit the ship in its torpedo room on the port side near the bow, her speed was reduced to 18 knots 27/09/1941  
Germany U-67 Submarine Damaged Damaged ramming British submarine Clyde which was slightly damaged, submarine's bows was badly damaged 27/09/1941. Returned to Lorient 16/10/1941  
 
Military

The National Liberation Front (EAM) a resistance group is founded in Greece.

 
Other

European Bantamweight Boxing Title Gino Bondavalli (Italy) beat Gino Cattaneo (Italy) Pts 15, Piazza San Prospero, Reggio Emilia.

Reinhard Heydrich Director of the Gestapo was appointed Deputy Reich Protector of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

 
Sunday 28th September 1941
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Naval

British convoy of supplies for the Soviet Union departed Iceland for Arkhangelsk.

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Fisalia Submarine Lost Sunk by British warships Hyacinth, off Haifa, in the eastern Mediterranean Sea 32.19N 34.17E 28/09/1941  
 
Other

Football International: Croatia 5-2 Slovakia, Stadion Concordije, Zagreb

German SS troops kill over 30,000 Jews at Babi Yar on the outskirts of Kiev, Soviet Ukraine, in response to sabotage efforts which the Germans attributed to local Jews.

 
Monday 29th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Soviet Union ShCh 319 Submarine Lost Mined in Gulf of Finland 29/09/1941  
 
Politics

The Moscow Conference began with representatives of Britain (Lord Beaverbrook), the United States (W Averell Harriman) and the Soviet Union (Vyacheslav Molotov) meeting for the first time in the war.

Other

In a ravine called Babi Yar in Kiev, 33,771 Jews were massacred by German SS Einsatzgruppen Action Group

World Heavyweight Boxing Title Joe Louis (USA) beat Lou Nova (USA) Rsf 6, Polo Grounds, New York City.

Tuesday 30th September 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Adua Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warships Gurkha & Legion, SW of Cartagena, in the Mediterranean Sea 37.10N 00.56E 30/09/1941  
 
Military

The Germans launched Operation Typhoon, the assault on Moscow when Heinz Guderian's forces attacked along the Bryansk Front