27 Aug 1941
  • German 250th Infantry Division, consisted of Spanish volunteers, began to march on foot from the Polish-Lithuanian border toward Smolensk, Russia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The British government took over the control of railways for the duration of the war; the private owners and operators were to receive £43,000,000 per year as compensation. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-570 surfaced at 1050 hours in the Atlantic Ocean and was spotted by a British Hudson aircraft, which attacked the submarine with four 250-pound depth charges and returned for strafing. U-570 eventually surrendered; while awaiting the British to send a capture party, confidential papers and the cipher machine were dumped overboard. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Reza Shah of Iran appointed Mohammad Ali Foroughi as the Prime Minister, who immediately began negotiations with the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom to end the hostilities. ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | CPC]
  • German submarine U-557 attacked Allied convoy OS-4 300 miles west of Ireland between 0125 and 0426 hours, sinking four ships. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-202 sank British trawler Ladylove off Iceland at 1435 hours, killing the entire crew of 14. ww2dbase [CPC]
Estonia France
  • The French Socialist politician and collaborator Marcel Déat was wounded in an unsuccessful assassination attempt by Resistance member Paul Collette in Versailles, France. ww2dbase [Versailles, Île-de-France | AC]
  • Paul von Kleist was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Paul von Kleist | CPC]
Libya Turkmenia
  • An ANT-6 aircraft operated by the airliner Aeroflot struck a hill near near Kyzyl-Arvat, Turkmenia during a forced landing. Six were killed; three survived. ww2dbase [TB-3 | Kyzyl-Arvat, Balkan | CPC]

27 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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