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15 Feb 1941
  • The United Kingdom broke off diplomatic relations with Romania. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German submarine U-123 sank British ship Alnmoor 600 miles west of Ireland at 0038 hours, killing the entire crew of 55. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German cruiser Admiral Hipper arrived at Brest, France, after a short but successful cruise that sank 8 Allied ships totalling 34,000 tons. ww2dbase [Admiral Hipper | CPC]
  • British General Platt suspended the piecemeal attacks on Italian positions at Dongolaas Gorge near Keren, Eritrea, Italian East Africa. Instead, he began to plan for a larger offensive. ww2dbase [Invasion of Italian East Africa | CPC]
  • Emden exited drydocks after completion of maintenance. ww2dbase [Emden | CPC]
United States
  • The US Congress approved the construction of a new base for the US Marine Corps' Fleet Marine Force at New River, North Carolina, United States. ww2dbase [New River, North Carolina | CPC]
  • An advance echelon of the US Marine Corps 1st Defense Battalion departed San Diego, California, United States aboard USS Enterprise for Johnston Island and Palmyra Atoll via Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Enterprise | San Diego, California | 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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