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28 Aug 1941
  • Australian Prime Minister Menzies resigned. ww2dbase [Robert Menzies | CPC]
  • Mohammad Ali Foroughi signed a treaty allowing the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union to occupy oil fields and the Trans-Iranian Railway in Iran, as well as closing down German, Italian, Hungarian, and Romanian legations in Tehran. However, he refused to allow British and Soviet troops in the capital city. ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | CPC]
  • The Soviet NKVD blew up Zaporozhye hydroelectric dam on the River Dnieper in Ukraine to prevent German use. Thousands of civilians who resided downstream were killed by the flooding. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Soviet Baltic Fleet departed from Estonia for Kronstadt, Russia under the command of Vice Admiral Vladimir Tributs. En route, the fleet was slowed by a minefield off Cape Juminda, and it was soon targeted by shore-based artillery, German aircraft, and German and Finnish torpedo boats. 15 warships and 15 transports would be sunk. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | CPC]
  • British Submarine HMS Rorqual sank Italian ship Cilicia 130 miles west of Crete, Greece. Italian torpedo boat Antares counterattacked by ramming the submarine, damaging the periscope. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarines U-101 and U-558 attacked Allied convoy OS-4 330 miles west of Ireland; U-558 sank British merchant ship Otaio (13 were killed, 58 survived); U-101's attack was unsuccessful and invited a 3-hour counterattack by 30 depth charges which caused little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Axis troops launched a renewed offensive against Odessa, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Siege of Odessa | CPC]
  • The final P-43 Lancer fighter delivery was made to the United States Army. ww2dbase [P-43 Lancer | CPC]
  • Tenryu was assigned to Truk, Caroline Islands to join Cruiser Division 18 of Japanese 4th Fleet. Captain Mitsutaro Goto was named her new commanding officer. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
Germany
  • British prisoner of war Lieutenant Airey Neave attempted to escape the Oflag IV-C camp at Colditz Castle in Germany with a fake German guard uniform; he was spotted near the front gate and captured. ww2dbase [Colditz Castle | Colditz, Sachsen | CPC]
Japan
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Kobe, Japan; among the passengers were 349 Jewish refugees. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | Kobe, Hyogo | CPC]
Libya
  • On his first combat mission after reutrning from home leave to recover from dysentery, Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down a South African Air Force Hurricane fighter flown by Lieutenant V. F. Williams; it was his 14th kill. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | CPC]
Netherlands United States
  • Lewis Puller returned to the United States from China. ww2dbase [Lewis Puller | CPC]

28 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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