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3 May 1941
  • Australian troops launched a counterattack at Tobruk, Libya. Italian troops repulsed the counterattack, losing only one bunker. ww2dbase [Siege of Tobruk | CPC]
  • Alexander Löhr was promoted to the rank of colonel general. ww2dbase [Alexander Löhr | CPC]
Abyssinia Panama Canal Zone
  • The Panama Canal Zone was placed under the Panama Sector of the US Caribbean Defense Command. ww2dbase [CPC]
South Africa
  • General Jan Smuts announced to the House of Assembly the deployment of South African troops to Egypt. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • A bomb penetrated the basement shelter of Wilkinson's Lemonade factory in North Shields, England, United Kingdom. One hundred and seven people, more than half of those in the shelter, were killed. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | North Shields, England | AC]
Photo(s) dated 3 May 1941
Adolf Hitler speaking to the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 3 May 1941

3 May 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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