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14 Jul 1941
  • Captain Robert Henry English, Jr. was named the commanding officer of USS Helena, relieving Captain Max Burke DeMott. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Herring was laid down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Wilhelm Keitel appeared on the cover of the American news publication Time Magazine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Amon Göth was promoted to the rank of SS-Untersturmführer. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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]
  • 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • James Lacey shot down a German Bf 109 fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Katyusha rocket launchers were used in combat for the first time at Rudnya, Smolensk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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




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