12 Mar 1941
  • Winston Churchill thanked the US for "a new Magna Carta", referring to the Lend-Lease Act signed into law on the previous day. ww2dbase [Winston Churchill | CPC]
  • Benito Mussolini visited Italian troops in Albania to bolster morale. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-37 sank Icelandic trawler Pétursey with surface weapons 300 miles south of Iceland at 1805 hours. All 10 crew members were reported to have taken to lifeboats, but they would never been seen again. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The 7,005-ton British cargo steamer Empire Frost was bombed and damaged by German aircraft in the Irish Sea. ww2dbase [Irish Sea | HM]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Merseyside (containing the city of Liverpool), England, United Kingdom. 8 merchant ships were sunk, one floating crane was destroyed, and 174 people were killed in the town of Wallasey. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | Liverpool, England | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Mar 1941
Letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn seeking appropriations of 7 billion dollars to fund the Arsenal of Democracy, 12 Mar 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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