2 Aug 1941
  • All civilian radios in Norway were confiscated by the German occupation. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Two Australian companies attacked Italian positions near Tobruk, Libya with the support of over 60 field guns. The attacks were repulsed after suffering heavy casualties. This particular attack represented the last Australian attempt to regain positions lost in early May 1941. ww2dbase [Siege of Tobruk | CPC]
  • German dive bombers attacked an Allied convoys off Libya, but they were driven away by British fighters; about 3 German aircraft were shot down at a loss of 3 British Hurricane fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Soviet submarines M99 and S11 were sunk by German mines in the Baltic Sea. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Croatia established diplomatic relationship with the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet NKVD operatives were ordered to arrest those who injure themselves on the front lines just as they would arrest deserters. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Alessandro Malaspina sighted an illuminated passenger ship in the Atlantic Ocean at 0100 hours, and did not give chase. ww2dbase [Alessandro Malaspina | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of light cruiser Miami was laid down by William Cramp and Sons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Miami | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 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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