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Second World War  On This Day

January 1941

1 January 1941
The Royal Air Force raid the Focke-Wolf Aircraft Production plant south of Bremen, Germany.
2 January 1941
The Luftwaffe bomb Dublin in neutral Ireland.
3 January 1941
In the Western Desert the Battle of Bardia began when Allied forces attacked the Italian held fortress of Bardia in Libya.
A twelve hour long bombing raid took place over Bristol.

4 January 1941
Allied forces raid Bardia and took many Italian troops prisoner of war.
5 January 1941
The last of the Italian forces in Bardia surrendered
6 January 1941
In the 1941 State of the Union address United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy:
Freedom of speech
Freedom of worship
Freedom from want
Freedom from fear

7 January 1941
A Japanese admiral presented the minister of the Navy ideas for a war against the USA, proposing a crippling first strike with an air attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbour.
8 January 1941
The Royal Air Force bombed Naples
9 January 1941
The German leader held a conference with his generals to discuss plans to attack the Soviet Union.
The AVRO Lancaster four engine bomber had its first flight.
10 January 1941
Britain began Operation Excess, a series of supply convoys to Malta, Alexandria and Greece. HMS Illustrious was severely damaged by Stuka bombers as it escorted a convoy to Malta.
11 January 1941
Operation Excess was complete with all the convoyed freighters reaching their destinations, however the light cruiser HMS Southampton, was bombed and sunk off Malta by the Luftwaffe.
12 January 1941
British and Australian troops, surrounded the Italian held strategic port of Tobruk in Libya.
13 January 1941
The Royal Air Force attacked Ostend, Belgium and the submarine base at Lorient, France.
The Luftwaffe bombed Plymouth killing 26 people.
14 January 1941
The British government announced price controls to prevent food profiteering on more than 20 items including coffee, rice, biscuits and jelly.
Former Belgian Justice Minister suggested in the BBC Radio Broadcast that Belgians use a ‘V’ sign as a symbol of resistance. Within a week ‘V for Victory’ sign appeared on walls in Belgium, northern France and Holland.

15 January 1941
Royal Air Force Bombers attacked Wilhelmshaven and Emden.
16 January 1941
The Germans bombed Malta for the first time, killing 50 people, destroying 200 buildings. The British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious was hit and damaged in the Grand Harbour, Valetta.
17 January 1941
The British troopship Almeda Star was sunk north of Rockall by the German submarine U-06. All 360 people on board were lost, including 142 members of the Fleet Air Arm on the way to Royal Naval Air Station Piarco on Trinidad
18 January 1941
The Chief Constable of Lancaster reported that on the recommendation of the Home Office, the Home Guard, as a temporary measure, will be available to assist the Fire Brigade in dealing with incendiary bombs, and that it would be necessary to provide beds for members of the Home Guard undertaking the duty at Phoenix Street Drill Hall.
19 January 1941
4th and 5th Indian Division and units of the Sudan Defence force launched attacks on Italians in Eritrea, Somaliland and Ethiopia.
Adolf Hitler met with Mussolini and agreed to help the Italians in North Africa.

20 January 1941
Mussolini, the Italian leader consented to German troops entering Italy.
21 January 1941
Mr G M Bland, the Billeting officer reported that additional evacuees had arrived from Salford:
2nd January 1941 - 18 Teachers & 597 Children
13th January 1941 - 5 Teachers & 181 Children
It was resolved that the Town Clerk be requested to express to the Salford Education Committee the keen disappointment of this Committee at the lack of consideration and co-operation, and the inadequate clothing and equipment of the children in the recent evacuation, which had made the task of billeting extremely difficult.

22 January 1941
British and Australian forces capture Tobruk and took 25 000 Italians prisoners of war.
23 January 1941
Lancaster City Council agreed that Ryelands park football ground had been let to a Unit of the Royal Army Service Corps stationed in the district for the remainder of the season, free of charge.
24 January 1941
U.S. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox sent Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson a letter warning of the possibility of a surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
25 January 1941
The Lancaster City Engineer submitted a communication from the Ministry of Home Security, Camouflage Branch, that it had been decided that the Giant Axe Field should be camouflaged and that the cost thereof would rank for 100 per cent Government grant.
26 January 1941
Allied Troops capture Derna in Libya
27 January 1941
Allied shipping docked in the harbour at Tobruk for the first time.
28 January 1941
The Chairman, Town Clerk, City Engineer and Chief Constable of Lancaster City went to inspect bombed areas at Birkenhead and Wallasey on 28th January 1941 for the purpose of obtaining information on various matters.
29 January 1941
The Ashton Hall was hired by the King’s Own Royal Regiment, on 29th, 31st January and 1st February 1941 for Concerts in aid of the Comforts Fund.
30 January 1941
The German leader declared that any ship carrying aid to England within the range of the German U-boats would be torpedoed.
31 January 1941
In the Western Desert the capture of Kufra Basin began in the Libyan desert.


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