22 Mar 1941
  • Britain agreed to allow American ships to deliver emergency flour to Vichy France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German armed merchant cruiser Kormoran stopped empty British tanker Agnita with shellfire in the Mid-Atlantic about halfway between Brazil and British West Africa. After capturing the crew, the Germans sank Agnita with demolition charges, nine 105mm shells, and one torpedo. ww2dbase [Kormoran | CPC]
  • The first production Beaufighter IIF fighter (R2270) with 1,280 hp Merlin XX engines was completed. ww2dbase [Beaufighter | AC]
  • Edward Heath, the future British Prime Minister (1970-1974), was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Artillery. ww2dbase [AC]
France
  • German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were met by friendly destroyers at 0300 hours as they approached Brest, France. They docked shortly after 0700 hours, ending Operation Berlin. ww2dbase [Operation Berlin | Brest, Bretagne | CPC]
  • Jaguar and Iltis escorted battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau into Brest, France. ww2dbase [Gneisenau | Scharnhorst | Iltis | Jaguar | Brest, Bretagne | CPC]
Italian Eritrea
  • British and Indian troops continued to hold Fort Dologorodoc in Eritrea, Italian East Africa despite repeated Italian counterattacks and shelling. Elsewhere, in Abyssinia, Italian troops declared Harar an open city. ww2dbase [Invasion of Italian East Africa | Keren | 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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