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14 Jul 1941
  • Observing the German forces reaching the River Luga thus expecting a rapid victory in northern Russia., Hitler ordered the arms industry to switch production from guns and tanks to aircraft and submarines. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | TH]
  • French High Commissioner for Syria and the Lebanon signed the Armistice of Saint Jean d'Acre at Acre, British Mandate of Palestine, surrendering his command to the British. In exchange, he received the British agreement for the French soldiers to retain their personal arms and full honors. The agreement contained no reference to the Free French. ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | CPC]
  • Wilhelm Keitel appeared on the cover of the American news publication Time Magazine. ww2dbase [Wilhelm Keitel | CPC]
  • Amon G√∂th was promoted to the rank of SS-Untersturmf√ľhrer. ww2dbase [Amon G√∂th | CPC]
  • British Blenheim bombers of No. 2 Group attacked Le Havre, France, damaging dock facilities at a cost of two bombers shot down by German fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Simoom was laid down. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The British anti-submarine trawler HMS Quadrille was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German Ju 88 bombers based in Crete, Greece attacked Suez, Egypt, damaging harbor facilities and ships in port. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Herring was laid down. ww2dbase [Herring | CPC]
  • Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Oshima informed German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop that, in regards to the 10 Jul 1941 request for Japan to attack Vladivostok, Russia, Japanese Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka was in agreement with the proposal but the Japanese cabinet in general did not agree with such a suggestion. ww2dbase [Yosuke Matsuoka | CPC]
  • James Lacey shot down a German Bf 109 fighter. ww2dbase [James Lacey | CPC]
  • Captain Robert Henry English, Jr. was named the commanding officer of USS Helena, relieving Captain Max Burke DeMott. ww2dbase [Helena (St. Louis-class) | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Alessandro Malaspina sighted Greek freighter Nikoklis in the Atlantic Ocean 194 kilometers southwest of the Azores at 2215 hours and dove to approach. At 2325 hours, she surfaced at the distance of 3,000 meters. At 2351 hours, she intercepted a message from Nikoklis, confirming the target's identity. ww2dbase [Alessandro Malaspina | CPC]
  • Morosini sighted British freighter Rupert de Larrinaga of convoy OG 67d in the Atlantic Ocean at 1607 hours. At 2345 hours, she closed in on the surface and launched a bow torpedo, which missed. At 2356 hours, she fired a second bow torpedo, this time scoring a hit in the aft section of the freighter. ww2dbase [Morosini | CPC]

14 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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