12 Jan 1941
  • British armored divisions rushed in their efforts to repair tanks and put them into operational status for the upcoming attack on Tobruk, Libya. Meanwhile, HMS Protector departed Bardia, Libya with 1,058 Italian prisoners of war, sailing for Alexandria, Egypt. ww2dbase [Operation Compass | CPC]
  • British aircraft based on Malta attacked the Axis airbase at Catania, Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | CPC]
  • In Norway, the Germans began recruiting for the Nordland Regiment of 5.SS-Wiking Division. ww2dbase [TH]

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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