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17th October 1941

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Events On This Day

Coastal Command attacked Kriegsmarine shipping off Norwegian coast, Night attack on coasts of North France and Belgium by cannon firing Hurricanes. Two armed trawlers set on fire.

Russian Front, Moscow announced a successful counter-attack at Kalinin and a slackening of Wehrmacht pressure North of Orel. British military and diplomatic missions left Moscow at request of Soviet authorities. Guerillas in the Kalinin district killed over 1,000 Wehrmacht soldiers, set fire to over 200 ammunition lorries and blew up scores of bridges and pontoons.

In Africa, Bombing and machine gun raids by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) on motor transports in Tripolitania. Aerodrome at Ez Zauia attacked.

In the Mediterranean, Heavy bombers of the British Royal Air Force (RAF). raided Naples on night of 16-17 October 1941. Many factories hit. Daylight raid on seaplane base at Syracuse.

General Hideki Tojo entrusted with formation of new Japanese cabinet.

Destroyer USS Kearny was torpedoed by U-568 whilst in the Atlantic.

American House of Representatives approved arming of United States of America merchantmen.

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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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