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4 May 1941
  • HMS Edinburgh supported the raid on Lofoten Islands, Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied aircraft conducted a raid on Baghdad, Iraq. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • As the Axis offensive on Tobruk, Libya began to stall, Paulus ordered Rommel to besiege rather than eliminate Tobruk. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-38 sank Swedish ship Japan off the coast of French Guinea at 1915 hours; her deck gun exploded during the attack, injuring the gun crew. The entire crew of 54 of Japan survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In a speech, Adolf Hitler said Winston Churchill was not a capable leader, both on political and military fronts. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 29th Brigade of the Indian 5th Division launched another attack at Amba Alagi, Abyssinia, capturing 3 hills between 0415 and 0730 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German aircraft sank British minesweeper Fermoy in dock at Malta. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Harold George arrived at Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Politburo appointed Joseph Stalin the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars, thus taking over as the actual head of the Soviet government, which position was previously held by Vyacheslav Molotov. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The German bombing on Liverpool, England, United Kingdom that began on the previous date ended before dawn on this date, killing 850 people and destroying ammunition ship Malakand in the harbor. The rocket shelter at Broad Green in Liverpool received a direct hit from a German bomb during this raid; the shelter was, at the time, packed with people many of whom had come out of a local dance hall looking for shelter as the sirens rang. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, AC]
Photo(s) dated 4 May 1941
Joachim von Ribbentrop and Joseph Goebbels at a Reichstag session, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 4 May 1941Adolf Hitler speaking to the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 4 May 1941, photo 1 of 2Adolf Hitler speaking to the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 4 May 1941, photo 2 of 2

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

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