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1 Aug 1941
  • The United States announced an oil embargo against all aggressor states. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Hiroaki Abe became the commanding officer of Japanese Navy Cruiser Division 8. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber took flight for the first time. ww2dbase [TBF Avenger | AC]
  • USS Marlin was commissioned into service with Lieutenant George A. Sharp in command. ww2dbase [Marlin | CPC]
  • Nine British Blenheim bombers escorted by Hurricane fighters attacked Axis vehicles at Sidi Omar, Libya. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Denmark established diplomatic relationship with the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels fabricated a quote from US Secretary of War Henry Stimson suggesting that Stimson thought the British war situation was hopeless. ww2dbase [Joseph Goebbels | CPC]
  • Walter Grabmann was named the commanding officer of the Zerst√∂rerschule 2 training unit based in Memmingen, Germany. ww2dbase [Walter Grabmann | Memmingen | CPC]
  • Two Zveno-SPB variant of the TB-3 aircraft, each carrying two I-16 fighter-bombers, destroyed an Axis oil depot in Constanta County, Romania. All Soviet aircraft returned to base safely. ww2dbase [TB-3 | Constanta | CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin, satisfied with the progress of the rocket-powered fighter development project, issued an ordered in late Jul (and dated for 1 Aug 1941) for a prototype aircraft to be completed in a little more than a month. ww2dbase [BI | Moscow | CPC]
  • British minelayer HMS Adventure arrived at Arkhangelsk, Russia and delivered a supply of naval mines. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Arkhangelsk | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Britain broke off diplomatic relations with Finland for invading Russia. Just over a year earlier, Britain had supported the Finns against the Russians. ww2dbase [AC]
US Pacific Islands
  • The US Navy established the Naval Air Station at Midway under Commander Cyril T. Simard. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Midway | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Aug 1941
Soviet policeman on Gorky Street, Moscow, Russia, 1 Aug 1941Six P-40 Warhawk fighters based at Hickam Field in flight over Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 1 Aug 1941, photo 1 of 2Six P-40 Warhawk fighters based at Hickam Field in flight over Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 1 Aug 1941, photo 2 of 2Cruiser Mk V Covenanter III tanks of British 9th Queen
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1 Aug 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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