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27 Aug 1941

Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-570 surfaced at 1050 hours in the Atlantic Ocean and was spotted by a British Hudson aircraft, which attacked the submarine with four 250-pound depth charges and returned for strafing. U-570 eventually surrendered; while awaiting the British to send a capture party, confidential papers and the cipher machine were dumped overboard. ww2dbase [Graph | CPC]
  • German submarine U-557 attacked Allied convoy OS-4 300 miles west of Ireland between 0125 and 0426 hours, sinking four ships. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-202 sank British trawler Ladylove off Iceland at 1435 hours, killing the entire crew of 14. ww2dbase [U-202 | CPC]
Estonia France
  • The French Socialist politician and collaborator Marcel Déat was wounded in an unsuccessful assassination attempt by Resistance member Paul Collette in Versailles, France. ww2dbase [Versailles, Île-de-France | AC]
  • Radio Paris played La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, on the occasion of the first French volunteers going to the Soviet front. The song was banned in the German occupied zone, but as this use was used in support of a German initiative, the occupation administration turned a blind eye. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Leonardo da Vinci departed Bordeaux, France at 0916 hours and sailed northward down the Gironde estuary, reaching Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France about 3 hours later. ww2dbase [Leonardo da Vinci | Bordeaux, Aquitaine | CPC]
  • Paul von Kleist was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Paul von Kleist | CPC]
  • Reza Shah of Iran appointed Mohammad Ali Foroughi as the Prime Minister, who immediately began negotiations with the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom to end the hostilities. ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | CPC]
Libya Poland
  • German 250th Infantry Division, consisted of Spanish volunteers, began to march on foot from the Polish-Lithuanian border toward Smolensk, Russia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • An ANT-6 aircraft operated by the airliner Aeroflot struck a hill near near Kyzyl-Arvat, Turkmenia during a forced landing. Six were killed; three survived. ww2dbase [TB-3 | Kyzyl-Arvat, Balkan | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British government took over the control of railways for the duration of the war; the private owners and operators were to receive £43,000,000 per year as compensation. ww2dbase [CPC]

27 Aug 1941 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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