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4 Sep 1941
  • Finnish troops captured Beloostrov, which was 20 miles from Leningrad, Russia. Germany requested Finland to immediately press on against the city, but Finland rejected, noting that Finland was only attempting to reclaim territory lost to the Soviets. ww2dbase [Operation Silver Fox | TH]
  • German cruiser Admiral Scheer departed the Baltic Sea for Oslo, Norway. ww2dbase [Admiral Scheer | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • American destroyer Greer pursued German submarine U-652 for 2 hours 190 miles southwest of Iceland; the two ships attacked each other but no damage was inflicted on either side. The torpedoes fired at USS Greer represented the first German attack on a US warship. ww2dbase [United States Neutrality Patrol | CPC]
  • The first Lysander mission to France took place when a British Special Operations Executive agent was landed in a field near Issoudun, France, about 100 kilometers south of Orleans, and another was collected. The Lysander aircraft, painted matte black, spent just two minutes on the ground. ww2dbase [Lysander | Issoudun, Centre-Val de Loire | AC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Sep 1941
RMS Queen Mary (right), RMS Queen Elizabeth (left), and HMAS Sydney (foreground) off Wilson

4 Sep 1941 Interactive Map

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