22 Feb 1941
  • 430 Dutch Jews were deported from Amsterdam to Auschwitz Concentration Camp as reprisal for the murder of a Dutch Nazi Party member. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • British 11th and 12th African Divisions attacked and overran Italian positions at Jilib, Somaliland, Italian East Africa. ww2dbase [Invasion of Italian East Africa | CPC]
  • Greek King George II and Commander-in-Chief General Alexander Papagos met with British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and General Archibald Wavell in Athens, Greece, designing a defense plan that assumed Yugoslavia would remain neutral. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | CPC]
  • British monitor HMS Terror was spotted at about noon by a German Ju-88 aircraft off the Libyan coast. 5 Ju-88 aircraft were launched from Sicily, Italy at 1533 hours, and they intercepted HMS Terror 10 miles north of Derna, Libya at 1830 hours. Heavily damaged by near misses, HMS Terror was abandoned by her crew at 2200 hours. Minesweeper HMS Fareham and corvette HMS Salvia attempted to tow her back to port, but this effort would ultimately fail. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German cruiser Admiral Scheer sank Dutch collier Rantau Pandjang off the east coast of Africa. Distress signals were received by British cruiser HMS Glasgow, which was already aware of Admiral Scheer's presence by the sinking of British ship Canadian Cruiser on the previous day. HMS Glasgow launched her seaplane to search for the German raider, but the aircraft would return without any findings. ww2dbase [Admiral Scheer | CPC]
  • Filipp Golikov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the first time. ww2dbase [Filipp Golikov | CPC]
  • Dmitry Pavlov was promoted to the rank of General of the Army. ww2dbase [Dmitry Pavlov | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau attacked a convoy of unescorted empty cargo ships en route to the United States, sinking three British cargo ships and two tankers, totaling 25,431 tons. 10 were killed and 180 were taken prisoner. ww2dbase [Operation Berlin | Gneisenau | Scharnhorst | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • HMS Hermes was ordered to search for German cruiser Admiral Scheer in the Indian Ocean; the search did not yield any results. ww2dbase [Hermes | CPC]

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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