3 May 1941
  • Australian troops launched a counterattack at Tobruk, Libya. Italian troops repulsed the counterattack, losing only one bunker. ww2dbase [Siege of Tobruk | CPC]
  • Alexander Löhr was promoted to the rank of colonel general. ww2dbase [Alexander Löhr | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Alessandro Malaspina sighted British merchant ship British Lycaon in the Atlantic Ocean at 2110 hours at the range of 6,000 meters. At 2138 hours, she submerged. At 2215 hours, she attempted to fire a torpedo, but it failed to leave the tube, and manual attempts to fire it also failed. After losing contact with the target, she was sighted again at 2345 hours at the range of 2,000 meters. British Lycaon fired two rounds at Alessandro Malaspina and transmitted a radio message for help, which also identified her for the Italian submarine. ww2dbase [Alessandro Malaspina | CPC]
Ethiopia Panama Canal Zone
  • The Panama Canal Zone was placed under the Panama Sector of the US Caribbean Defense Command. ww2dbase [CPC]
South Africa
  • General Jan Smuts announced to the House of Assembly the deployment of South African troops to Egypt. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • A bomb penetrated the basement shelter of Wilkinson's Lemonade factory in North Shields, England, United Kingdom. One hundred and seven people, more than half of those in the shelter, were killed. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | North Shields, England | AC]
Photo(s) dated 3 May 1941
Adolf Hitler speaking to the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House, Berlin, Germany, 3 May 1941

3 May 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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