21 Mar 1940
  • Paul Reynaud was named the Prime Minister of France. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German submarine U-38 sank neutral Danish merchant ship Algier 15 miles north of the Shetland Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom at 0100 hours, killing 5; British trawler Manx King rescued 18 survivors At 0326, U-38 torpedoed another Danish ship, Christiansborg, killing 1; HMS Discovery II rescued 24 survivors from the damaged Danish ship. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British and Turkish delegations met in Syria. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Chinese troops captured Japanese-occupied Wuyuan, Suiyuan Province, China. ww2dbase [Battle of Wuyuan | CPC]
  • Paul Wenneker began serving as a naval attaché at the German embassy in Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Paul Wenneker | Tokyo | CPC]
  • Semyon Timoshenko was made a Hero of the Soviet Union for the first time and the Order of Lenin for the second time. ww2dbase [Semyon Timoshenko | CPC]
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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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