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8 Jul 1941
  • British B-17 bombers were deployed on a combat mission for the first time as three of them were ordered to attack Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jews in the Baltic states were forced to wear the Star of David. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops captured Pskov, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Before dawn, British bombers attacked Münster, Germany. During the day, German anti-aircraft guns began arriving at the city in response to the recent successive night bombings. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Rationing of basic foodstuff begins in Moscow, Leningrad and other major Soviet Union cities. ww2dbase [AC]
  • After sundown, German bombers conducted a light attack on Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
French Syria and Lebanon
  • Australian troops cut off the road leading into the northern part of Beirut, Lebanon. South of Beirut, Australian 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion and elements of the 6th Divisional Cavalry Regiment also approached Beirut. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Arizona arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan United Kingdom
  • A Soviet military mission arrived in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The Norwegian merchant steamer Inga I arrived at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
United States
  • James Byrnes steppe down as a member of the US Senate. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jul 1941
German generals Fedor von Bock, Hermann Hoth, Wolfram von Richthofen, and Walther von Hünsdorff (not in photo), Russia, 8 Jul 1941

8 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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Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal