21 Nov 1941
  • British submarine HMS Utmost attacked and damaged Italian cruiser Trieste 10 miles east of Catania, Sicily, Italy at 2312 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • American destroyer Shaw and oiler Sabine were damaged in a collision in Hawaiian waters. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The construction of the future Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point began in North Carolina, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Heinz Guderian wrote Franz Halder from Russia, noting the miserable cold and fierce Soviet resistance. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The horse-drawn sleigh team returned to Leningrad, Russia from Kobona, bringing back flour, sugar, and fat across the frozen Lake Ladoga for the first time since the city was surrounded. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille was officially awarded the German cross in Gold, but he would not physically receive this medal until 17 Dec 1941. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Joseph Rochefort's US Navy cryptanalytic team in Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii detected the arrival of a Japanese submarine squadron in the Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan
  • Japanese Navy acquired luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru for use as a hospital ship; Hikawa Maru was assigned to the Yokosuka Naval District, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Libya
  • The Allied garrison at Tobruk, Libya attempted a breakout to link up with the main attack force coming from Egypt, which engaged with German 15th Panzer Division in a large-scale tank battle that would last for the next three days near Sidi Rezegh. Pressed for fuel, Erwin Rommel dispatched Italian cruiser Cardona from Brindisi, unescorted, to bring fuel to Benghazi. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Nov 1941
Adolf Hitler saluting the Ernst UdetHermann Göring at the funeral of Ernst Udet, 21 Nov 1941; note Adolf Galland serving as a honor guardCoffin of Ernst Udet being carried after the funeral service, 21 Nov 1941; note Adolf Galland serving as a honor guardErwin Rommel speaking to German Colonel Paul Diesener and Italian General Navarini, North Africa, 21 Nov 1941
See all photos dated 21 Nov 1941

21 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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