30 Aug 1941
  • German troops captured Mga, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, severing the last railway leading into the city of Leningrad. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | CPC]
  • Panzergruppe 1 of Army Group South under Paul von Kleist and Panzergruppe 2 of Army Group Center under Heinz Guderian began to envelope the Soviet Southwestern Front under Mikhail Kirponos at Kiev, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | CPC]
  • Romanian troops captured Kubanka, Ukraine, but Soviet forces recaptured the city later in the day. ww2dbase [Siege of Odessa | CPC]
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop asked Soemu Toyoda regarding a possible Japanese attack on Vladivostok, Russia; the Japanese Navy admiral responded by saying that Japan was preparing for such a venture, and required more time to complete the preparations. ww2dbase [Joachim von Ribbentrop | CPC]
  • Lennart Oesch returned to active duty. ww2dbase [Lennart Oesch | CPC]
France Russia
  • Soviet destroyers Grozny, Oritsky, and Kuibyshev escorted the Allied convoy Dervish into the Dvina River and on to Arkhangelsk, Russia. Crewmen of the merchant ships of this first Allied convoy to arrive in Arkhangelsk reported poor cooperation from the Soviets. No stevedores were found so the crewmen attempted to unload the cargo themselves, only to be stopped by Soviet armed guards because they did not have the proper passes to step onto the shore; the situation was only improved after the arrival of higher ranking Soviet officers later in the day. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Arkhangelsk | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Aug 1941
Soldiers of the Soviet Voroshilov Regiment in training, Moscow, Russia, 30 Aug 1941Joseph Stalin upon being informed of the latest German advances near Kiev, Ukraine, late Aug 1941Royal Corps of Signals motorcycle despatch riders arriving at the mobile headquarters of an armoured division during training, United Kingdom, 30 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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