19 Feb 1941
  • The Australian 8th Division arrived in Singapore. ww2dbase [Invasion of Malaya and Singapore | CPC]
  • German bombers began a three-day campaign against the port city of Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
  • British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, Chief of the General Staff John Dill, Commander-in-Chief Middle East General Archibald Wavell, and Mediterranean Fleet chief Admiral Andrew Cunningham met in Cairo, Egypt to discuss diverting forces from North Africa to aid Greece. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | CPC]
  • The name German Africa Korps (Deutsches Afrikakorps) was established for German forces in North Africa. It began to patrol out of Tripoli, Libya. ww2dbase [Operation Sonnenblume | CPC]
  • German Motor Torpedo Boats S.28, S.101, and S.102 raided the coast of Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, sinking British ship Algarve off Sheringham, killing the entire crew. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Tigris sank French ships Jacobsen and Guilvinec 60 miles west of Bayonne, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-69 sank British ship Empire Blanda west of Scotland, United Kingdom at 0818 hours, killing 39. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-103 sank Norwegian ship Benjamin Franklin 360 miles northwest of Ireland at 2222 hours; the entire crew of 36 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • British submarine HMS Upholder (Lieutenant Commander M. D. Wanklyn, RN) attacked a convoy West of Tripoli, Libya. Two torpedoes were fired but no hits were obtained. The target was the German transport Heraklea (1,927-ton). She was in convoy with the German merchants Arta (2,452-ton), Menes (5,609-ton) and Maritza (2,910-ton) escorted by the Italian destroyers Freccia and Saetta. Heraklea sighted the two torpedo tracks and turned sharply to starboard to comb the tracks. ww2dbase [HM]
Photo(s) dated 19 Feb 1941
Abyssinian leader Haile Selassie with a British interpreter during an inspection of an airfield in eastern Africa, 19 Feb 1941.

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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