19 Aug 1941
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop requested Japan to join in the attack on the Soviet Union by attacking Vladivostok in eastern Russia; Japan responded by saying that such a venture would require much time for deliberation and planning. ww2dbase [Joachim von Ribbentrop | CPC]
  • German X Corps narrowly averted being encircled near Lake Illmen in northern Russia, saved by a counterattack by LVI Corps. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | TH]
  • Replacement prosthetic leg for captured Douglas Bader was dropped by a British bomber over Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France with permission by German Luftwaffe leaders. After the delivery, the British bomber took the opportunity to surprise-attack a power station in occupied France (though the attack would fail to materialize due to weather). ww2dbase [Douglas Bader | Saint-Omer, Nord-Pas-de-Calais | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • The first permanent military garrison was established at Wake Atoll, which consisted of 449 men of the US Marine Corps 1st Defense Battalion under the command of US Navy Commander Winfield Scott Cunningham. ww2dbase [Wake | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Aug 1941
Humber armored cars of the Inns of Court Regiment, UK 9th Armoured Division on parade at Guisborough, Yorkshire, England, UK, 19 Aug 1941Cruiser Mk V Covenanter III tanks of Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, British 9th Armoured Division on parade at Guisborough, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, 19 Aug 1941

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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