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26 Aug 1941
  • Soviet forces in Velikije Luki were surrounded and destroyed by the German Armeegruppe Nord. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • A combined force of Canadian, British, and Norwegian commandos landed on Spitzbergen. The coal-mining installations and equipment there were destroyed and the Norwegian civilian populace was evacuated. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Otto Skorzeny was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class medal for recovering a damaged vehicle under enemy fire at the bridgehead in Yelnya, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-571 seriously damaged Soviet submarine supply ship Marija Uljanova with two torpedoes 27 miles north of Teriberskij lighthouse in northern Russia in the Barents Sea at 0459 hours; Marija Uljanova would be written off as a loss on the next day. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British troops captured Abadan, Iran, along with the oil-related installations there. Far to the north, Soviet troops captured Tabriz while aircraft bombed Tehran. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Wing Commander David Lascelles, a cousin of the British Royal family, was killed leading a daylight anti-shipping strike. Lascelles was No. 82 Squadron's seventh commanding officer in eleven months and the third to be killed. ww2dbase [AC]
France
  • Paul Collete was arrested after shooting and wounding Pierre Laval; Laval would recommend giving Collete a light sentence, citing that the young man was likely only a pawn used by more senior plotters behind the scenes. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Germany
  • German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 was a commissioned at Hamburg, Germany with Kapitšnleutnant Axel-Olaf Loewe in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Paul von Kleist was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Ukraine
  • The Hungarian Army rounded up 18,000 Jews at Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hilter and Benito Mussolini inspected Axis troops at Uman, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Aug 1941
USS North Carolina firing her forward guns during trials, 26-27 Aug 1941

26 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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