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30 Jan 1941
  • Rudolf Höss was promoted to the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer. ww2dbase [Rudolf Höss | CPC]
  • German submarine U-94 attacked Allied convoy SC-19 northwest of Ireland at 0310 hours, sinking British ship Rushpool; the entire crew of 40 survived and rescued by destroyer HMS Antelope. Rushpool was the sixth and final ship sunk in a series of German submarine attacks in 24 hours, totaling 33,723 tons. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Upholder attacked Italian ships Motia and Delfin 30 miles north of Zavia, Libya. Italian torpedo boat Aldebaran chased off HMS Upholder before she was able to damage any Italian ships. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny was promoted to the rank of Untersturmführer; he would not receive the notification for this promotion until Mar 1941, however. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | CPC]
Germany
  • Germany announced that any ship bringing goods into Britain, regardless of nationality, would be attacked. ww2dbase [CPC]
Russia
  • Lavrentiy Beria was promoted to the rank of State Security General Commissar. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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