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1 Jul 1941
  • Coal deliveries to all establishments in Britain were limited to one ton per month. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • RAF began daylight bombing raids in France and the Low Countries. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Erwin Rommel was promoted to the rank of General der Panzertruppe. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • The British Special Air Service (initially titled "L" Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade) was formed by Colonel David Stirling. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Under the provisions of a German Law on the use of Prisoner Labour, Russian prisoners of war were permitted to be sent to work camps for employment in agriculture, construction or heavy industry. The death rate on these camps would be extremely high. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The American Volunteer Group, also known as the Flying Tigers, was officially formed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet Naval Air Unit 401 IAP went into action with its new MiG-3 fighters and destroyed four German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters on its first operation. This unit was commanded by a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, Lieutenant-Colonel Stepan Suprun (who was already an ace with fifteen Civil War victories), Hero of the Soviet Union. Many of Suprun's pilots were pre-war test pilots and therefore highly experienced airmen. During the next two days the 401st IAP destroyed eight enemy aircraft for no loss. ww2dbase [MiG-3 | AC]
  • Soviet submarine M81 was sunk by a German mine in the Baltic Sea. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Crown Prince Yi Un was made the commanding officer of the Japanese 51st Division. ww2dbase [Yi Un | CPC]
  • Captain Yoshizo Hasebe was made the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Byelorussia French Syria and Lebanon
  • British mechanized cavalry and an Arab Legion desert patrol broke up a Vichy French mobile column northeast of Palmyra, Syria, capturing four officers and 60 men. ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | CPC]
  • Kaga arrived at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Kaga | CPC]
Latvia Moldova
  • German 11th Army, Romanian 3rd Army, and Romanian 4th Army crossed Prut River into the Bessarabia and Bukovina regions of Moldova. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin returned to the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia as Chairman of the new State Defence Committee, set up by law the day before. ww2dbase [Kremlin and Red Square | Joseph Stalin | AC]
United Kingdom
  • Bruce Fraser was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. ww2dbase [Bruce Fraser | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Jul 1941
Soviet troops at Smolensk, Russia, 1 Jul 1941; note PPSh-41 and Mosin-Nagant weapons

1 Jul 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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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939