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12 Jul 1941
  • Werner Mölders reported that under his command JG 51 had destroyed 500 Soviet aircraft at the cost of only three casualties during the first 20 days of Operation Barbarossa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 1st US Marine Brigade completed taking over the occupation of Iceland from British troops. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Douglas Bader shot down a German Bf 109 fighter and damaged three others over Pas-de-Calais, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
French Syria and Lebanon
  • French Lieutenant-General Joseph-Antoine-Sylvain-Raoul de Verdillac attended the French-British negotiations for a ceasefire in the French Mandate of Syria and the Lebanon. Making progress in the discussions during the day, the process to draft the Armistice of Saint Jean d'Acre began at 2200 hours near Acre, British Mandate of Palestine. Meanwhile, French naval vessels and aircraft were ordered to go to neutral Turkey, where they were interned. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Four days after the Soviet military mission arrived in London, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union signed an agreement of mutual assistance, noting that neither country would negotiate a separate peace with the Axis powers. ww2dbase [TH]
Photo(s) dated 12 Jul 1941
British Ambassador Stafford Cripps signing a mutual assistance agreement between the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, Moscow, Russia, 12 Jul 1941

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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