1 Jan 1941
  • Negotiations began between Germany and Bulgaria to use Bulgarian territory as a staging area for Operation Marita, the German invasion of Greece. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | TH]
  • In Hitler's New Year's Order of the Day, he promised the Wehrmacht the completion of the "greatest victory in our history" on the Western Front. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | TH]
  • The United Kingdom suppressed the Daily Worker, a Communist publication. ww2dbase [TH]
  • British General O'Connor's Western Desert Force in Egypt was reorganized as the British 13th Corps. Meanwhile, in Libya, RAF aircraft continued to bomb the port of Bardia and the airfields at Tobruk, Derna, and Benina. ww2dbase [Operation Compass | CPC]
  • In the Gibraltar Strait, British destroyers HMS Duncan, HMS Firedrake, HMS Foxhound, HMS Jaguar, and HMS Hero stopped a French convoy from Casablanca, French Morocco. The convoy was consisted of French ship Chantilly, French tankers Octane and Suroit, and Danish ship Sally Maersk. HMS Jaguar attacked Chantilly, causing 2 killed and 4 wounded, leading to the convoy's capture. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The BBC aired the Brains Trust for the first time. This radio programme which had five men discussing such diverse subjects as philosophy, art and science was surprisingly a great success, frequently having a regular audience of ten million listeners. ww2dbase [AC]
  • George Giffard was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [George Giffard | CPC]
  • Arthur Coningham was Mentioned in Despatches. ww2dbase [Arthur Coningham | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Andrew Geddes was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. ww2dbase [Andrew Geddes | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Jan 1941
B-18 Bolo bomber port wing with low-drag experimental panel, Langley Field, Virginia, United States, 1 Jan 1941; note P-43 Lancer fighter in background

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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