17 Oct 1941
  • The first transport of deported Czech Jews departed for various locations in Eastern Europe. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-97 attacked a small Allied convoy 50 miles west of Alexandria, Egypt at 0325 hours, sinking Greek ship Samos (31 killed, 3 survived) and British tanker Pass of Balmaha (all 20 aboard were killed). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German SS Reich and 10th Panzer Divisions made slow advances along the Moscow Highway and Minsk Highway toward the Soviet capital of Moscow, Russia. The Soviet 5th Army slowly fell back toward Mozhaysk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British cruiser HMS Latona and destroyers HMS Jackal, HMS Havock, and HMS Nizam departed Alexandria, Egypt for Tobruk, Libya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • American destroyer USS Kearny, escorting Allied convoy SC-48, was damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-568 off Iceland, killing 11. On the same day, U-432 and U-558 each sank three freighters in this convoy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US began evacuating non-essential personnel from Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Harold Stark informed Husband Kimmel that in his personal opinion that while he expected Japan to take action some time in the near future, an attack on Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii was not likely. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | CPC]
  • The German propaganda ministry declared Luxembourg Judenfrei, "Free of Jews". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops captured Taganrog in southern Russia, a port city on the Sea of Azov. ww2dbase [TH]
Photo(s) dated 17 Oct 1941
Vickers machine gun crew of the British 1st Manchester Regiment, Malaya, 17 Oct 1941Cruiser Mk V Covenanter III tanks of British 9th Armoured Division being loaded onto flatbed railway wagons, Blaydon near Newcastle, England, United Kingdom, 17 Oct 1941

17 Oct 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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