October 1941

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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 16 12 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 Fleet Carrier 4 4 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 74 42 123 Destroyer 320 162 60 50 14 8 0 4 9 4
58 8 1 79 166 246 Submarine 348 57 64 199 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 289 183 24 15 57 4 0 2 0 4
3 2 0 0 7 7 Other 46 34 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 17 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
Destroyer 9 0 180 113 16 7 8 2 2 15 5 16 6 8
Submarine 5 1 112 63 3 4 9 0 4 20 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

 

Wednesday 1st October 1941
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Italy Guglielmo Marconi Submarine Lost Lost unknown cause in North Atlantic 10/1941  
 
Other

Majdanek concentration camp, Lublin is opened

In the Vilna Ghetto, German Aktions in four separate incidents kidnapped 3,900 Jews, shot and killed at the Ponary massacre death site, continued with an additional 2,000 Jews kidnapped and killed there, in the next two days.

Baseball World Series Game 1: Brooklyn Dodgers 2-3 New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium, New York City

 
Thursday 2nd October 1941
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Politics

Operation Typhoon – German forces begin an all-out offensive against Moscow. Adolf Hitler issued a message to the German troops on the Eastern Front declaring, "Today begins the last great, decisive battle of this year."

Other

Baseball World Series Game 2: Brooklyn Dodgers 3-2 New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium, New York City. One game all

 
Friday 3rd October 1941
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Politics

Mahatma Gandhi urges his followers to begin a passive resistance against British rule in India

 
Saturday 4th October 1941
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Argentina Corrientes Destroyer Lost Collision with Argentine warship Almirante Brown off Tierra del Fuego 04/10/1941  
Germany U-111 Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charge attack from British anti-submarine trawler Lady Shirley, submarine forced to surface & sinks under gunfire, 8 dead, 44 survivors captured SW of Tenerife, 27.15N 20.27W 04/10/1941  
 
Other

Wartime Football International: England 2-0 Scotland, Wembley Stadium, London

Baseball World Series Game 3: New York Yankees 2-1 Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field, New York City. New York Yankees 2-1

Sunday 5th October 1941
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Military

German forces capture Saaremaa island in Estonia from the Soviets

 
Other

German Featherweight Boxing Title Ernst Weiss (Germany) beat Karl Beck (Germany) Pts 12, Deutschlandhalle, Berlin.

German Light-Heavyweight Boxing Title Richard Vogt (Germany) beat Heinz Seidler (Germany) Rsf 9, Deutschlandhalle, Berlin.

Finland 0-6 Germany, Töölön Pallokenttä Stadium, Helsinki

Sweden 4-2 Germany, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm

Baseball World Series Game 4: New York Yankees 7-4 Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field, New York City. New York Yankees 3-1

 
Monday 6th October 1941
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Other

Baseball World Series Game 5: New York Yankees 3-1 Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field, New York City. New York Yankees win World Series 4-1

 
Tuesday 7th October 1941
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Military

German forces reach the Sea of Azov with the capture of Mariupol.

 
Wednesday 8th October 1941
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Thursday 9th October 1941
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Friday 10th October 1941
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Military

German forces encircle about 660,000 Red Army troops near Vyasma, east of Smolensk

 
Saturday 11th October 1941
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Soviet Union ShCh 322 Submarine Lost Mined in Gulf of Finland 11/10/1941  
 
Sunday 12th October 1941
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Military

German forces capture Hiiumaa island, the last major Soviet outpost in Estonia

Bomber Offensive: Large night British air raids, on Nuremberg, 150+ aircraft & Bremen 100+ aircraft

 
Other

Bloody Sunday Massacre: At Stanisławów Ghetto, 8,000–12,000 Jews were rounded up and shot by SIPO (Ukrainian police) together with German uniformed SS men.

Romania 3-2 Slovakia, Stadionul Anef, Bucharest

 
Monday 13th October 1941
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Tuesday 14th October 1941
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Great Britain Fleur de Lys Corvette Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-206, 55 miles W of Gibraltar, 106 dead, 3 survivors 36.00N 06.30W 14/10/1941  
Great Britain Aurania Armed Merchant Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-123, WSW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic 14/10/1941  
 
Wednesday 15th October 1941
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Thursday 16th October 1941
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Military

Soviet Union government begins to move eastward to Samara, a city on the Volga, but Joseph Stalin remains in Moscow. The citizens of Moscow frantically build tank traps and other fortifications for the coming siege

Friday 17th October 1941
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USA Kearny Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-568, SW of Iceland, in the North Atlantic. Torpedo hit the ship on her starboard side, flooding the forward engine room. She was able to get underway at 10 knots, 11 dead, 22 injured 17/10/1941. Arrived at Reyjavik for temporary repair 17/10/1941. Arrived for repair at Boston, Mass 31/12/1941  
Soviet Union M 58 Submarine Lost Mined Danube estuary 17-21/10/1941  
Great Britain Gladiodus Corvette Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-558, S of Iceland, in the North Atlantic, no survivors 57.00N 25.00W 17/10/1941  
 
Saturday 18th October 1941
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Great Britain Broadwater Destroyer Lost Damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-101, W of Rockall, in the North Atlantic, the ship sank 10 hours later, 44 dead, 57.01N 19.08W 18/10/1941  
 
Politics

General Hideki Tōjō becomes the 40th Prime Minister of Japan.

 
Military

Soviet troop reinforcements arrive in Moscow from Siberia after Stalin is assured by Soviet spy Richard Sorge, that the Japanese will not attack the Soviet Union from the East.

 
Sunday 19th October 1941
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Great Britain Coventry Light Cruiser Damaged Withdrawn for repair to battle damage at Bombay, replacing temporary bow with new permanent structure 19/10/1941  
Germany U-204 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warships Mallow & Rochester, off Tangier, Morocco, 46 dead, 0 survivors 35.46N 06.02W 19/10/1941  
 
Politics

Moscow is declared under a "state of siege" and is placed under martial law

German-occupied Luxembourg is declared "Judenrein" ("Cleansed of Jews").

Other

Denmark 2-1 Sweden, Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

 
Monday 20th October 1941
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Italy Altair Destroyer Escort Lost Damaged by mine off Gaidaro, Gulf of Athens laid by British submarine Rorqual 20/10/1941 Sank undertow of Italian warship Lupo 21/10/1941  
 
Military

The German commander in Nantes, Lt. Col. Karl Hotz, is killed by Resistance; 50 hostages are shot in reprisal. The incident will become a model for future occupation policies

Bomber Offensive: Large night British air raids, on Bremen 150+ aircraft

 
Tuesday 21st October 1941
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Soviet Union S 008 Submarine Lost Mined off Suursaari Isle 48 dead 56.10N 16.39E 21/10/1941  
Italy Aldebaran Destroyer Escort Lost Mined whilst helping Italian warship Altair off Gaidaro, Gulf of Athens laid by British submarine Rorqual 21/10/1941  
 
Military

New Zealand troops land in Egypt and take over Fort Capuzzo.

Bomber Offensive: Large night British air raids, on Bremen 140+ aircraft

 
Wednesday 22nd October 1941
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Military

Bomber Offensive: Large night British air raids, on Mannheim 120+ aircraft

 
Thursday 23rd October 1941
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Great Britain Cossack Destroyer Lost Damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-563, SW of Cape St. Vincent, in the North Atlantic, ship's forward structure damaged & bridge destroyed, the crew abandoned ship, but later returned, towed to Gibraltar by British warship Jonquil, 158 dead 35.36N 10.04W 23/10/1941. The ship sank in worsening storm W of Gibraltar 35.12N 08.17W 08/17W 27/10/1941  
 
Military

Bomber Offensive: Large night British air raids, on Kiel 110+ aircraft

 
Friday 24th October 1941
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Great Britain Beagle Destroyer Damaged Damaged in storm damage whilst on patrol in the North Atlantic. The ship suffered structural damage breaking her foremast 24/10/1941  
 
Military

German forces take Kharkov

 
Saturday 25th October 1941
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Great Britain Latona Light Cruiser Lost Damaged by a bomb from German Ju 88 aircraft, 40 miles NW of Bardia, Libya, in the Mediterranean Sea, bomb started a fire which reached magazine & exploded 37 dead 32.15N 24.14E 25/10/1941  
Italy Galileo Ferraris Submarine Lost Damaged by a bomb from British aircraft then sunk by British warship Lamerton 25/10/1941  
 
Other

Wartime Football International: England 2-1 Wales, St Andrew's, Birmingham

 
Sunday 26th October 1941
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Military

Bomber Offensive: Large night British air raids, on Hamburg 110+ aircraft

 
Other

German Featherweight Boxing Title Ernst Weiss (Germany) beat Kurt Bernhardt (Germany) Pts 12, Deutschlandhalle, Berlin.

German Heavyweight Boxing Title Heinz Lazek (Germany) beat Walter Neusel (Germany) Pts 12, Sportpalast Schoenberg, Berlin.

 
Monday 27th October 1941
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Great Britain Tetrarch Submarine Lost Mined by Italian mine, off Capo Granditola, Strait of Sicily, in the Mediterranean Sea, 59 dead 27/10/1941  
 
Military

German forces reach Sevastopol

 
Tuesday 28th October 1941
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Wednesday 29th October 1941
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Thursday 30th October 1941
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Germany U-81 Submarine Damaged Damaged by depth charge attack from British Catalina & Hudson aircraft in the Bay of Biscay, submarine dived & escaped 30/10/1941  
 
Politics

US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt approves US$1 billion in Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union

 
Friday 31st October 1941
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USA Reuben James Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-562, 600 miles SW of Iceland, in the North Atlantic. Torpedo forward & her bow was blown off when the magazine exploded. The bow section sank immediately, whilst the stern floated for 5 minutes before sinking, 115 dead, 44 survivors 31/10/1941  
 
Military

Bomber Offensive: Large night British air raids, on Hamburg 120+ aircraft