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16 Jul 1941
  • Germany reversed a prior decree by allowing those who were 50% Jewish and those who were married to women who were 50% Jewish to serve in the military. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vichy France enacted a law to exclude Jewish lawyers. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • ww2dbase [Alfred Rosenberg | CPC]
  • French corvette Lobelia was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-701 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-408 was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet Army Lieutenant Jacob Jughashvili, son of Joseph Stalin, was taken prisoner by the Germans. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Charles de Gaulle protested the Armistice of Saint Jean D'Acre between the United Kingdom and Vichy France for it made no mention of the Free French. ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | CPC]
  • US Army General Leonard Gerow recommended General George Marshall to activate the Philippine Army and to provide it additional funding. He also recommended that Douglas MacArthur to be asked to return from the retired list as the commander in chief in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler instructed that Ukraine and the Kola Peninsula in northern Russia were to be annexed into Greater Germany in the future, while East Karelia in northern Russia was to be given to Finland. In secret, he instructed other German leaders to prepare plans for a possible future annexation of Finland. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
  • Anatoliy Mikheev accused Semyon Timoshenko was being a traitor. Joseph Stalin did not order Timoshenko's arrest, but he would relieve Timoshenk as the defense commissar (NKO) several days later and would assume the title himself. ww2dbase [Semyon Timoshenko | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • General Wladyslaw Sikorski was presented with the Standard of the Polish Air Force at RAF Swinderby in England, United Kingdom. Smuggled out of Poland, via Stockholm in Sweden, the Standard would subsequently be held by each Polish Squadron in the United Kingdom during the war years. ww2dbase [Władysław Sikorski | AC]
United States
  • American transport USS West Point embarked 137 Italian and 327 German citizens off Staten Island, New York, United States and set sail for Lisbon, Portugal at 1455 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Astoria departed Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States. ww2dbase [Mare Island Navy Yard | Astoria (New Orleans-class) | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Jul 1941
View of Rotterdam, the Netherlands during an aerial attack, 16 Jul 1941, seen from the dorsal turret of a Blenheim bomber

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal