6 Nov 1941
  • American light cruiser Omaha and destroyer Somers captured German blockade runner Odenwald, which was disguised as the American freighter Willmoto, off Permanbuco, Brazil. Odenwald was transporting rubber from Japan to Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Frostbite began to make its appearance among German troops fighting in the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | TH]
  • The Finnish advance into Russia was halted. ww2dbase [TH]
  • American destroyer Madison, escorting convoy ON 39, depth charged contacts. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British minesweeping trawler HMS Flotta was lost when she foundered off the east coast of Scotland, United Kingdom. She was damaged running aground on 29 Oct 1941. ww2dbase [AC]
  • A small number of Wellington bombers based in Malta conducted an attack on Naples, Italy after dark. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Jager Report (issued on 1 Dec 1941) noted that 340 adult male, 749 adult female, and 252 children, all Jews, were killed in Vilnius, Lithuania for a total of 1,341 people. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • Ivan Bagramyan was awarded the Order of the Red Banner for the first time. ww2dbase [Ivan Bagramyan | CPC]
  • Clarence Tinker was named the commanding officer of the US 3rd Fighter Command. ww2dbase [Clarence Tinker | CPC]
  • The Japanese military mobilized for war. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Captain Theodore E. Chandler commanding cruiser USS Omaha seized German blockade runner Odenwald in the South Atlantic on her way to Germany from Japan with 3,857 metric tons of raw rubber. ww2dbase [United States Neutrality Patrol | Theodore Chandler | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Hisaichi Terauchi was named the commanding officer of the newly formed Southern Expeditionary Army Group. ww2dbase [Hisaichi Terauchi | CPC]
Taiwan
  • General Rikichi Ando was named the commanding officer of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [Rikichi Ando | CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt had dinner with Princess Märtha of Sweden (Crown Princess of Norway) at the White House in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [White House | Franklin Roosevelt | Washington | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Nov 1941
US Navy prize crew aboard the seized German blockade runner Odenwald in the South Atlantic, 6 Nov 1941. The Odenwald had been disguised as the US-flag ship Willmoto carrying rubber from Japan to Germany.Cruiser USS Omaha (right) laying off the seized German blockade runner Odenwald in the South Atlantic, 6 Nov 1941. The Odenwald had been disguised as the US-flag ship Willmoto carrying rubber from Japan to Germany.

6 Nov 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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