15 Sep 1941
  • The 1st Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment was established. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Lieutenant Commander Hirota Tachibana was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
  • Soviet 8th and 42nd Armies clashed with the German XXXXI Armeekorps (mot[orized]) southwest of Leningrad Russia on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | CPC]
  • German submarine U-94 sank British ship Newbury at 0816 hours (all 45 aboard survived but were never seen again), Greek ship Pegasus at 2038 hours (16 killed after lifeboat capsized, 13 survived), and British ship Empire Eland at 2348 hours (all 38 survived but were never seen again) 800 miles west of Ireland; all three ships were members of Allied convoy ON-14. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • After sundown, destroyers HMAS Napier, HMAS Nizam, and HMS Havock set sail from Alexandria, Egypt to the besieged city of Tobruk, Libya with supplies; they would all return to Alexandria in the morning of the next day. ww2dbase [Siege of Tobruk | CPC]
  • Soviet troops outside of Odessa, Ukraine withdrew southeast toward the city. ww2dbase [Siege of Odessa | CPC]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was awarded the Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe goblet. ww2dbase [Heinrich | CPC]
  • Jürgen Stroop was transferred out of the infantry regiment of German 3rd SS Division Totenkopf. ww2dbase [Jürgen Stroop | CPC]
China France Germany Japan
  • Captain Jisaku Okada was named the commanding officer of Kaga. ww2dbase [Kaga | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of Proteus was laid down by the Moore Dry Dock Company in Oakland, California, United States. ww2dbase [Proteus | Oakland, California | CPC]

15 Sep 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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