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12 Oct 1941
  • German 250th Infantry Division of Spanish volunteers was deployed on the River Volkhov near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops captured Bryansk and Kaluga in Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Soviet submarine S8 was lost off Öland, Sweden in the Baltic Sea to unknown reason; all 48 aboard were killed. She presumably struck a mine. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German motor torpedo boats S41, S47, S53, S62, S104, and S105 attacked Allied convoy FN531 just off the coast of East Anglia, England, United Kingdom, sinking British ship Chevington (9 killed) and Norwegian ship Roy (3 killed). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In Operation Cultivate, British cruiser HMS Abdiel and destroyers HMS Hero, HMS Kipling, and HMS Nizam departed Alexandria, Egyupt for Tobruk, Libya. German submarine U-75 discovered them and attacked 35 miles west of Tobruk, sinking two landing craft which resulted in the killing of 34 Allied personnel and 2 Italian prisoners of war. U-75 picked up one survivor, whom would be delivered to Germany for interrogations. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • After dark, 118 British bombers took off to attack Hüls and Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • After dark, German bombers attacked Manchester, Clayton, Denton, and Oldham in England, United Kingdom, causing generally light damage. 23 were killed at Oldham. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heinz Guderian noted in his diary that snow continued to fall amidst the campaign in the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-83 stopped Portuguese ship Corte Real 100 miles off Portugal at 1400 hours. Upon discovering that Corte Real was en route to Canada and Australia, the Germans removed the 42 crew members onto 3 lifeboats and then sunk Corte Real. U-83 towed the lifeboats for 3 hours toward Lisbon, Portugal before cutting the tow lines. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • Paul von Kleist was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Alexander Löhr was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • The American and Japanese Press announced that Tatsuta Maru would depart Yokohama, Japan for San Francisco, California, United States via Honolulu on 15 Oct 1941. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Libya
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille scored his 24th and 25th kills as he shot down P-40 fighters piloted by Flying Officer H. G. Roberts and Sergeant Derek Scott over Bir Sheferzan, Libya. He also damaged another P-40 fighter on this day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Ukraine
  • 11,000 Jews of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine were massacred. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS New Mexico began a period of gunnery and navigation training in Casco Bay, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Oct 1941
Buffalo Mark I fighters of Nos. 21 and 453 Squadrons RAAF being inspected by RAF personnel, Sembawang airfield, Singapore, 12 Oct 1941

12 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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