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3 Oct 1941
  • USS New Mexico was detached from Task Force 15. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The official copy of the British Military Application of Uranium Detonation (MAUD) Committee Report, written by James Chadwick, reached Vannevar Bush. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Russia, Panzergruppe 2 of the German Armeeguppe Mitte captured Orel 220 miles south-southwest of the Soviet capital in Moscow. Elsewhere, German troops attempted to encircle the Soviet Bryansk Front. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The number of deaths in motor vehicle accidents in Britain during this second year of war had increased by 65% when compared to pre-war figures. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Talisman sank the already beached German ship Yalova south of Naples, Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • At about 0001 hours, German submarine U-431 sank British ship Hatasu 650 miles east of Newfoundland; 40 were killed, 7 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British motor torpedo boat MTB56 sank Norwegian tanker Borgny off Bergen, Norway. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A British Walrus reconnaissance aircraft from British cruiser HMS Kenya spotted German supply ship Klara 300 miles northeast of the Azores islands. HMS Kenya closed in and sank Klara, but did not stop to pick up survivors due to the presence of German submarine U-129. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Dutch submarine O.21 sank Vichy French ship Oued Yquem off Sardinia, Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German bombers attacked and damaged British destroyer HMS Vivacious in the North Sea. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • At the Berliner Sportpalast in the German capital, Adolf Hitler announced during a rally that the Germans had captured 2,500,000 Soviet prisoners of war, destroyed or captured 22,000 guns, destroyed or captured 18,000 tanks, destroyed 14,500 aircraft, and since 1939 had expanded Germany by an area four times as large as Britain. He stressed that the Soviet Union had been broken and would never rise again. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 3 Oct 1941
Battleship Iowa under construction, New York Navy Yard, New York, United States, 3 Oct 1941, photo 1 of 2Battleship Iowa under construction, New York Navy Yard, New York, United States, 3 Oct 1941, photo 2 of 2

3 Oct 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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