23 Oct 1941
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii at 1000 hours and disembarked American nationals who wished to return to the US due to the rapidly deteriorating US-Japan relations. Two Japanese intelligence agents who carried instructions for the consulate and a supply of radios for civilian spies already in place on Oahu, Hawaii were also disembarked. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • In Odessa, Ukraine, as reprisals to the previous day's bombing, 5,000 Jews were murdered by shooting, 19,000 Jews were murdered by burning, and 20,000 civilians (mostly Jews) were arrested. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Charles de Gaulle met with leaders of resistance movements, asking them to bide their time and protect the lives of innocents. ww2dbase [Charles de Gaulle | TH]
  • German merchant raider Kormoran completed taking on 4,000 tons of diesel oil and 6 months of supply from supply ship Kulmerland off Cape Leeuwin, Australia. ww2dbase [Kormoran | CPC]
  • The Soviet attempt to break out of Leningrad, Russia south of Lake Ladoga was halted by the Germans. Meanwhile, 120 kilometers to the east, two divisions of the Soviet 54th Army were dispatched to reinforce Tikhvin, which had been under attack by the Germans. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | CPC]
  • The 3rd Panzer Division of the German Panzergruppe 2 outflanked Soviet troops at Mtensk, Russia, 100 kilometers south of Moscow. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | CPC]
  • Four crew members of German submarine U-106, on watch on the deck, were swept overboard in the Bay of Biscay and were all lost. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet submarine SC.323 sank German merchant ship Baltenland in the Baltic Sea. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Cruisers HMS Ajax, HMS Neptune, and HMS Hobart, escorted by destroyers HMS Eridge and HMS Avonvale, departed Alexandria, Egypt and bombarded Bardia, Libya. Meanwhile, also from Alexandria, destroyers HMAS Napier, HMAS Nizam, HMS Jupiter, and HMS Hasty bombarded Sollum, Egypt. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Kaga was relieved as the flagship of Carrier Division 1 of the Japanese Navy First Air Fleet. ww2dbase [Kaga | CPC]
Poland

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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