18 Mar 1941
  • Erwin Rommel departed North Africa for a meeting with Adolf Hitler. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • The US Marine Corps 7th Defense Battalion arrived at American Samoa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler met with Wilhelm Keitel, Alfred Jodl, and Erich Raeder; Raeder urged Hitler to convince Japan to attack Singapore and recommended Hitler to reveal the plans of the Soviet invasion to Japan. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Erich Raeder | Wilhelm Keitel | Alfred Jodl | CPC]
Albania
  • British bombers attacked Vlorë, Albania, sinking Italian torpedo boat Aldebaran. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | Vlorë | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-105 attacked Allied convoy SL-68 west of Senegal, French West Africa at 0400 hours, sinking British ship Medjerda, killing the entire crew of 52 and 2 gunners. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German armed merchant cruiser Kormoran transferred 7 torpedoes to submarine U-124 1,050 miles southwest of Cape Verde Islands. ww2dbase [Kormoran | CPC]
Baltic Sea
  • Battleship Bismarck entered the Baltic Sea for trials. ww2dbase [Bismarck | CPC]
Germany
  • Germany centralized all coal mining and distribution. ww2dbase [CPC]
Italian Eritrea
  • Italian troops bombarded Fort Dologorodoc near Keren, Eritrea, Italian East Africa, which British and Indian had only recently gained. ww2dbase [Invasion of Italian East Africa | Keren | CPC]
Libya
  • British armed boarding vessel Rosaura, carrying Italian prisoners of war, hit a mine and sank off Tobruk, Libya. 14 crew, 5 guards, and 59 Italians were killed. ww2dbase [Tobruk | CPC]
  • British Swordfish torpedo bombers of Fleet Air Arm 830 Naval Air Squadron based in Malta bombed the harbor at Tripoli, Libya; 1 Swordfish aircraft was shot down, with its crew of 2 taken prisoner. ww2dbase [Tripoli | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The French government-in-exile in Britain established a central bank. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German 1st S-boat Flotilla (with 6 motor torpedo boats) raided shipping on the east coast of England, United Kingdom, sinking French ship Daphne II off the Humber Estuary. ww2dbase [England | CPC]
  • Douglas Bader was promoted to the rank of wing commander. ww2dbase [Douglas Bader | CPC]
United States
  • US and Canada declared a joint defense pact, which included cooperation in ship building efforts on the Great Lakes. ww2dbase [CPC]

18 Mar 1941 Interactive Map

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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