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13 Jun 1941
  • German heavy cruiser Lützow, light cruiser Emden, light cruiser Leipzig, and destroyers passed through the Skagerrak between Denmark and Norway. Despite aerial cover by Bf 110 fighters, a British force of Beaufort torpedo bombers with fighter escort was still able to get through and attack, damaging Lützow with a torpedo hit in the engine room. Lützow was forced to return to Kiel, Germany for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviet news agency TASS denied any German threat and labeled such rumors as hostile propaganda. Meanwhile, those in the Baltic States who might support such a German invasion were arrested. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Luftwaffe bombers conducted a raid on the British naval base at Chatham, England with little effect. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Vichy French troops held up the Australian 7th Division at Jezzine in southern French Mandate of Syria and the Lebanon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Australian Private James Gordon won the Victoria Cross medal for single-handedly neutralizing a French machine gun post while fighting in the French Mandate of Syria and the Lebanon. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-107 sank Greek ship Pandias 300 miles north of the Azores islands at noon; 11 were killed, 23 survived. 4,894 tons of coal and 1,050 tons of military equipment, including 11 crated Spitfire fighters, originally destined for Alexandria, Egypt for the Allied troops, were lost. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Brin sank British ship Djurdjura (33 killed, 5 survived) and Greek ship Eirini Kyriakides (entire crew of 31 killed) of Allied convoy SL75 100 miles east of the Azores islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Marine Corps Major General Holland M. Smith relinquished command of the 1st Marine Division to become the commanding general of the I Corps (Provisional) attached to the US Navy Atlantic Fleet. The mixed Marine-Army corps was consisted of the 1st Marine Division and the 1st Infantry Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-77 sank British ship Tresillian 300 miles off Newfoundland, Canada at 0545 hours; all 46 aboard survived and rescued by US Coast Guard cutter Duane. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • Walther von Brauchitsch returned to Berlin, Germany from an inspection of invasion forces in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Jun 1941
Winston Churchill took aim with a Sten gun during a visit to the Royal Artillery experimental station at Shoeburyness in Essex, England, United Kingdom, 13 Jun 1941

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