16 Aug 1941
  • Stalin agreed to an aid plan from US and UK. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German troops captured Novgorod, Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Karl Hermann Frank's daughter Edda was born. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Dutch prisoners Steinmetz and Larive escaped the Oflag IV-C prisoners of war camp at Colditz Castle in Germany; they would later become the first successful Dutch escapees of Colditz. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • Douglas MacArthur received word from his superiors in Washington DC, United States that the Philippine Islands would start receiving reinforcements, shipped from the US no later than 5 Sep 1941. This included the 200th Coastal Artillery Regiment, a tank battalion, and an ordnance battalion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Joseph Stalin issued Order No. 270, ordering all deserters executed and deserters' families arrested. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Ukraine
  • German troops of Armeegruppe Sud captured the Soviet naval base at Nikolaev in Ukraine on the Black Sea. Nearby, Romanian troops launched a renewed attack on Odessa. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 16 Aug 1941
Winston Churchill visiting US Marines on Iceland, 16 Aug 1941; note Ensign Franklin Roosevelt, Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Smith also present

16 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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