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12th August 1941

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Events On This Day

Heaviest day raid of war made by Blenheim and Fortress aircraft on Cologne power stations and other targets in North West Germany. Other forces attacked railways near St. Omer and power station at Gosnay. Fortress aircraft bombed aerodromes at De i Kooy and port of Emden. We lost 12 bombers and 8 fighters. Widespread night raids over Germany, main targets being objectives in Berlin, industries in Magdeburg and Hanover districts and Krupps works at Essen. Aerodromes in Holland and Le Havre also attacked.

Russian Front, Main Wehrmacht effort concentrated in Ukraine in attempt to capture Donetz industrial area. Russians reported that fighting continued in Uman area. Lull on Finnish front.

In Africa, During night of 12-13 August 1941 the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombed Gazala, Bardia, and Derna. Sustained raid on Tripoli harbour.

Few Luftwaffe bombs fell in scattered night raids over Midlands and east of England.

In France, Admiral Darlan appointed head of new Ministry of National and Empire Defence.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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