31 Aug 1941
  • The Soviet Baltic Fleet completed its evacuation from Tallinn, Estonia to Kronstadt off Leningrad, Russia. 165 vessels arrived in Leningrad with 28,000 military personnel and civilians on aboard. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German bombers attacked Alexandria, Egypt, killing 2 British Royal Navy officers but otherwise doing little to no damage to ships and port facilities, which were the primary targets. ww2dbase [CPC]
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  • A mixed-gender anti-aircraft battery with 200 men and an equal number of women was established, with great public interest, in Richmond Park, London, England, United Kingdom. The women were the first to take a combat role in Britain. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 31 Aug 1941
North Carolina during her shakedown cruise, 22-31 Aug 1941North Carolina during her shakedown cruise, 22-31 Aug 1941, photo taken from a destroyerSignalmen hoisting and stowing signal flags aboard USS North Carolina, 22-31 Aug 1941OS2U Kingfisher aircraft preparing for launch aboard North Carolina during the ship

31 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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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945