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18 Oct 1941
  • Hideki Tojo was named 40th Prime Minister of Japan. ww2dbase [Hideki Tojo | CPC]
  • Cruiser HMS Latona and destroyers HMS Jackal, HMS Havock, and HMAS Nizam arrived in Alexandria, Egypt from Tobruk, Libya. ww2dbase [Siege of Tobruk | CPC]
  • German submarine U-101 attacked Allied convoy SC-48 west of Iceland, damaging destroyer HMS Broadwater with one torpedo at 0420 hours; 46 crew and 11 previously rescued survivors were killed, 85 crew survived. HMS St. Apollo scuttled HMS Broadwater by gunfire at 1541 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German SS Reich and 10th Panzer Divisions captured Mozhaysk, Russia. In the evening, a motorcycle battalion of SS Reich Division found the Minsk Highway toward Moscow, Russia, 90 kilometers to the east, undefended. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • Eleven Albacore and two Swordfish aircraft of British No. 828 Squadron took off from HMS Ark Royal to reinforce Malta. One Swordfish torpedo bomber was lost en route, however. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | CPC]
Russia
  • Lavrentiy Beria ordered the execuation of Nikolai Rychagov, Rychagov's wife, and other conspirators. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | Moscow | CPC]
  • German submarine U-132 sank Soviet ship Argun in the Barents Sea 5 miles off the Russian coast at 1320 hours; all aboard survived. At 2017 hours, U-132 struck again, sinking trawler RT-8 Seld; all aboard were killed. ww2dbase [U-132 | Murmansk | CPC]
Ukraine
  • German Colonel General Erich von Manstein launched his Eleventh Army against the Perekop Isthmus in Russia but fierce Soviet resistance on a narrow front caused the German advance to proceed extremely slowly. ww2dbase [Battle of Sevastopol | Krym | AC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Oct 1941
Prime Minister Tojo and his cabinet ministers outside the Kantei (Prime Minister

18 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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