8 Aug 1941
  • Yugoslavia was dissolved, with Italy annexing large areas. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Army aircraft and troops embarked for Iceland. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The construction for trawler Anticosti was ordered. ww2dbase [Anticosti | CPC]
  • The Romanian General Staff issued Directive No. 31 calling for the capture of Odessa and the defeat of Soviet forces between the Dniester River and the Tiligulskiy Estuary in Ukraine. ww2dbase [Siege of Odessa | CPC]
  • Soviet destroyer Valerian Kuibyshev made rendezvous with British submarine HMS Tigris off northern Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Shokaku was commissioned into service at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
Russia
  • Joseph Stalin ordered the formation of eight Guards mortar regiments directly under the control of the Stavka to operate Katyusha rocket launchers. ww2dbase [BM-13/8/31 Katyusha | CPC]
Ukraine
  • The 6th and 12th Soviet Armies in the Uman Pocket in Ukraine were wiped out by German troops; over 100,000 Soviet prisoners were taken. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | TH]
Photo(s) dated 8 Aug 1941
British cruiser Dorsetshire at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 8 Aug 1941

8 Aug 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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