18 Sep 1941
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt requested US Congress to allocate US$1,500,000,000 for the Lend-Lease program. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | CPC]
  • The Soviet Union announced conscription for all men aged 16-50. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Change of German strategy against Leningrad, Russia, switching from assault to besieging, led to the tanks of the German 4th Panzer Army were loaded onto trains at for Moscow, Russia. This shift in strategy partially resulted from Adolf Hitler's order earlier on this date that Leningrad was to be razed to the ground. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | CPC]
  • British aircraft located a convoy of three Italian troopships escorted by four destroyers from Taranto, Italy, sailing for Tripoli, Libya. Submarines HMS Upholder, HMS Upright, HMS Ursula, and HMS Unbeaten were dispatched to attack. HMS Upholder sank troopships Neptunia and Oceania over a four hour period about 70 miles east of Tripoli (384 killed, 6,500 survived), while HMS Ursula attacked troopship Vulcania unsuccessfully. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • After dark, minelaying cruiser HMS Latona and destroyers HMAS Napier, HMS Havock, and HMAS Nizam sailed from Alexandria, Egypt and delivered supplies to the besieged garrison at Tobruk, Libya. They would return to Alexandria in the morning of the next day. HMAS Nizam was damaged on the return trip when she hit the wreck of Italian ship Serenitas at Tobruk. ww2dbase [Siege of Tobruk | CPC]
  • Admiral Soemu Toyoda was named the commanding officer of Kure Naval District, Japan. ww2dbase [Soemu Toyoda | CPC]
Ukraine Photo(s) dated 18 Sep 1941
German trucks at a pier at Tallinn, Estonia, 18 Sep 1941

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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