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20 Aug 1941
  • German 250th Infantry Division, nicknamed "Blue Division" and consisted of Spanish volunteers, was formed and began to move to Poland. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The German siege of Leningrad, Russia began. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | TH]
France Japan
  • Vice Admiral Matome Ugaki stepped down as the chief of staff of Kure Naval District, Japan. ww2dbase [Matome Ugaki | CPC]
  • Captain Takahiko Kiyota was named the commanding officer of Nachi. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
Ukraine
  • German Eleventh Army captured Kherson, Ukraine. Romanian aircraft destroyed a Soviet armored train at Odessa Ukraine. ww2dbase [Siege of Odessa | TH]
Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1941
USS North Carolina at anchor, New York, New York, United States, 19-20 Aug 1941

20 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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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939