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9 Mar 1941

  • Benito Mussolini visited TiranĂ«, Albania; he announced on radio that he would personally lead a renewed offensive against Greece. On queue, 12 Italian divisions attacked Greek lines through the TrebeshinĂ« heights between Osum and VjosĂ« Rivers, but the Greek First Army was generally able to hold the lines. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | TiranĂ« | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German cruiser Scharnhorst sank Greek ship Marathon 250 miles north of Cape Verde Islands after taking the entire crew prisoner. ww2dbase [Scharnhorst | CPC]
  • British minesweeping trawler HMT Gulfoss hit a mine and sank in the English Channel 3 miles south of Dungeness, Kent, England, United Kingdom, killing 10. ww2dbase [English Channel | CPC]
  • Minesweeping work completed in the Suez Canal in Egypt, and British Royal Navy commanders gave aircraft carrier HMS Formidable the go ahead to sail through from the Red Sea into the canal. ww2dbase [Formidable | CPC]
  • Vichy France announced that authorization was now needed for Jews to sell or rent a company. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • The Rural Civic Service was established in France to replenish the agricultural workforce, which was severely lacking after the war claimed 50,000 dead and 500,000 prisoners. All young men between the age of 17 and 21, Jews excluded, were required to serve between 15 Jun and 15 Oct annually. ww2dbase [CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • British submarines HMS Unique, HMS Upholder, HMS Upright, and HMS Utmost detected an Italian convoy 35 miles off the coast of Tunisia. HMS Utmost made an unsuccessful attack on the armed merchant cruiser Deffenu but was able to sink the freighter Capo Vita. ww2dbase [CPC]
Poland United Kingdom
  • German aircraft bombed London, England, United Kingdom overnight, damaging Buckingham Palace and destroying the underground nightclub CafĂ© De Paris; 80 patrons were killed at the latter. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | London, England | CPC]
  • British RAF Bomber Command was ordered to mount attacks on German submarine bases, construction yards and industries associated with their manufacture. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The British minesweeper HMT Gullfoss (FY710) was sunk by a mine 3.5 miles south-south west of Dungeness, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. Ten crew lost their lives. ww2dbase [England | HM]
United States
  • A Japanese intelligence network was established in San Diego, California, United States to observe the transportation of war materials. ww2dbase [San Diego, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Mar 1941
Adolf Hitler shaking Wilhelm Keitel

9 Mar 1941 Interactive Map

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