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9 Jun 1941
  • The United Kingdom established a national Fire Service Council. ww2dbase [TH]
  • As the British commando raid to secure crossings on the Litani River in French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon had been delayed by weather, Australian troops crossed the river in canvas boats. The commandos later arrived and joined the Australians in the assault. French destroyers Valmy and Guépard bombarded Allied troops in the Litani River area, but they were driven off by New Zealand cruiser HMNZS Leander and British destroyers HMS Janus, HMS Hotspur, HMS Isis, HMS Jackal (HMS Janus was badly damaged in the engagement). Further off the coast, French submarine Caiman attacked British cruiser HMS Phoebe, but without success. The Allies were able to secure several strongpoints on the opposite shore of the Litani River by the end of the day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-46 sank British ship Phidias in the North Atlantic with the deck gun in the early hours of the day; 8 were killed, 43 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-101 sank British ship Trevarrack in the North Atlantic at 1835 hours; 45 survived the attack in 3 lifeboats, but they were never found. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • At Berchtesgaden, Germany, Adolf Hitler issued the summons for his top military leaders to gather for the final planning meeting for Operation Barbarossa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Jun 1941
Seyß-Inquart, Mackensen, Canaris, Christiansen, Haase, and Densch at the funeral of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Doorn, Netherlands, 9 Jun 1941

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
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