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18 Feb 1941
  • German aircraft mined the Suez Canal in Egypt, forcing the transit of carrier HMS Formidable into the Mediterranean Sea to be delayed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German 5th Light Division (later renamed the 21st Panzer Division) was formed for operations in North Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Free French forces besieged El Tag fort at Kufra, Libya, bombarding the fort with 75-millimeter field guns (whose range was longer than their Italian counterparts) and 81-millimeter mortars. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-96 sank British ship Black Osprey 140 miles south of Iceland at 0227 hours; 25 were killed, 11 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-103 sank British ship Seaforth 330 miles south of Iceland at 2133 hours. 59 survivors took to lifeboats, but they were never seen again. ww2dbase [CPC]
Abyssinia
  • South African 1st Division captured Mega, Abyssinia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Adolf Hitler met with tank generals and tank designers at his residence Berghof in southern Germany. He insisted on using larger (either 50-millimeter or 75-millimeter) high velocity guns for Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks. He also demanded some soldiers to be released from the front to man tank factories. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

18 Feb 1941 Interactive Map

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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