1941

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November 28, 2021

1941 (MCMXLI in Roman numerals) is a year of the 20th century.

Events

The United States is asking Japan in vain to abandon the alliance with Germany and Italy.

January

January 19: British troops attack the Italians in Eritrea January 21: British and Australian troops attack Tobruk January 22: Tobruk falls into British hands

February

February 3: the Nazis impose Pierre Laval as the head of government of France. February 6: British troops occupy Benghazi 9 February: Naval bombardment of Genoa by the Royal Navy; 11 February: Cyrenaica is occupied by the British; in support of the Italians, Erwin Rommel and two divisions of Afrika Korps arrive in Libya. February 26: British troops occupy Mogadishu, in Italian East Africa.

March

1 March: Bulgaria signs the Tripartite Pact thus joining the Axis. March 5: Great Britain breaks off diplomatic relations with Bulgaria. March 9: The United States Senate passes the Rentals and Loans Act that allows supplies from the US military industry to be loaned to the Allies. March 11: F. D. Roosevelt signs the Rents and Loans Act. March 25: the Kingdom of Yugoslavia joins the Axis and declares war on Great Britain. March 27 Officers of the Yugoslav Air Forces impose with a coup d'etat King Peter II, overthrowing the pro-German government of Dragiša Cvetković and of the prince regent Paul, breaking the alliance with the Axis and ordering to mobilize and put the armed forces on alert. Preparations for the attack on Pearl Harbor: Japanese spy Takeo Yoshikawa arrives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and begins to study the US fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor. March 27-28 - Aegean Sea: Battle of Cape Matapan: the Royal Navy and the Italian Royal Navy collide, losing five ships. March 30: four nations of the American continent (United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Venezuela) impound all the German, Italian and Danish steamships in their ports.

April

April 2: British troops enter Asmara, in Italian East Africa. In the afternoon, the Japanese foreign minister, Yōsuke Matsuoka, visiting Italy, is on the balcony of Piazza Venezia next to Mussolini. April 3: Italian troops recapture Benghazi April 6: German, Italian, Hungarian and Romanian troops attack Yugoslavia and Greece to help the Italians. 10 April: the Independent State of Croatia is proclaimed in Ustaše. April 12: Italian troops recapture Sollum April 14: Italian troops enter Ljubljana and occupy Dalmatia, in Yugoslavia. April 17: Yugoslavia signs the surrender and is divided among the winners. April 21: Greece signs surrender as British troops retreat to Crete. April 27: the German army enters Athens and Patras. April 30: the tenor Ferruccio Tagliavini marries the soprano Pia Tassinari.

May

May 5: Emperor Haile Selassié enters Addis Ababa after the expulsion of the Italian army. May 9: The German U-boat U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. The Enigma machine and the secret codes used by the Germans are recovered on board. May 10: Rudolf Hess parachutes to Scotland for an alleged peacekeeping mission. May 18: Amba Alagi is occupied by the British May 20 - Battle of Crete: German parachute troops launch on Crete. May 24 The German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battlecruiser HMS Hood in the battle of the Strait of Denmark. The Italian transatlantic transatlantic, Conte Rosso, was sunk by the British: 1,297 dead. May 27: after a violent battle against the Royal Navy, the self-sinking of the German battleship Bismarck is ordered to avoid British capture: 2,300 sailors die.

June

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