8 Nov 1941
  • Troops of the German Armeegruppe Nord captured Tikhvin near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Per the Great Army Instruction No. 992, the Japanese Army and Navy were ordered to coordinate their plans for the opening phases of the Pacific War. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • At the annual Beer Hall Putsch speech, Adolf Hitler claimed that the war with Soviet Union was effectively won, citing 3.6 million prisoners taken, and by conjecture the Soviet forces must had suffered eight to ten million casualties thus far. In regards to the United States, Hitler noted that the aggressive US President Franklin Roosevelt had ordered American ships to deliberately attack any German submarines they crossed, while Hitler continued to order restraint for German submarine captains; nevertheless, he noted that the submarines would fight back fiercely should they be fired upon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Black Sea
  • Soviet submarine M-59 struck a mine and sank off Constanza, Romania in the Black Sea; all men aboard were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • British cruisers HMS Aurora and HMS Penelope and destroyers HMS Lance and HMS Lively were dispatched from Malta to intercept an Axis convoy (intelligence gained through Ultra; a Maryland aircraft was dispatched to create the illusion that the convoy was spotted) that had just departed from Italy consisted of German freighters Duisburg and San Marco; Italian freighters Maria, Sagitta, and Rina Corrado; and Italian tankers Conte di Misurata and Minatitlan. This convoy carried 223 troops, 389 vehicles, 34,473 tons of supplies, and 17,281 tons of fuel. The convoy was escorted by 2 Italian cruisers and 7 Italian destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Virgin Islands
  • USAAF 12th Bombardment Squadron began anti-submarine operations from St. Croix Airfield in the US Virgin Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Nov 1941
B-17C Fortress I bomber of British Royal Air Force in flight over North Africa, 8 Nov 1941

8 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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