8 Feb 1941
  • Bulgaria agreed to allow German troops to transit within its borders. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | CPC]
  • USS Grampus began patrolling in the Caribbean Sea. ww2dbase [Grampus | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau detected Allied convoy HX-106, but did not attack due to the presence of British battleship HMS Ramillies. ww2dbase [Operation Berlin | Gneisenau | Scharnhorst | CPC]
  • Morosini sighted a German submarine in the Atlantic Ocean at 2005 hours. Shortly after, Dutch merchant ship Prins Fredrik Hendrik was sighted. At 2030 hours, Morosini fired a torpedo, followed by another at 2032 hours; both of them missed. At 2132 hours, a third torpedo was fired, and it again missed as it turned sharply to port. At 2141 hours, an underwater explosion was detected, and the Dutch ship began transmitting a distress signal. The Italian submarine sailed away from the target. ww2dbase [Morosini | CPC]
  • Mr. Malcolm MacDonald was appointed to be the British High Commissioner in Canada. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Philippe PĂ©tain offered Pierre Laval a cabinet seat in the Vichy government, but the offer was declined. ww2dbase [Pierre Laval | TH]
Italy United Kingdom
  • In Britain, Lord Moyle became Secretary of State for the Colonies, Ernest Brown became Minister of Health, and the Duke of Norfolk became the Joint Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture. ww2dbase [AC]

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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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