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12 Oct 1941
  • German 250th Infantry Division of Spanish volunteers was deployed on the River Volkhov near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | CPC]
  • German troops captured Bryansk and Kaluga in Russia. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | 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, cruiser HMS Abdiel and destroyers HMS Hero, HMS Kipling, and HMAS Nizam departed Alexandria, Egypt 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 [Siege of Tobruk | CPC]
  • After dark, 118 British bombers took off to attack Hüls and Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | 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 [Battle of Britain | CPC]
  • Heinz Guderian noted in his diary that snow continued to fall amidst the campaign in the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Heinz Guderian | 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]
  • Paul von Kleist was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Paul von Kleist | CPC]
  • Alexander Löhr was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Alexander Löhr | CPC]
  • 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 [Tatsuta Maru | Yokohama, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • 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 [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Bir Sheferzan | CPC]
  • 11,000 Jews of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine were massacred. ww2dbase [Dnepropetrovsk | CPC]
United States
  • USS New Mexico began a period of gunnery and navigation training in Casco Bay, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Casco Bay, Maine | 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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