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18th July 1941

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that our submarines in Mediterranean had sunk two schooners and five large caiques all carrying troops. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) hit supply ship of 6,000 tons off Dunkirk. Weather precluded night raids.

Russian Front, The Wehrmacht officially claimed capture of Smolensk on 16 July 1941 and that Russian attempts to retake the town had failed. The Wehrmacht and Rumanian communiqué stated that they held strategic key positions in Bessarabia. Moscow reported stubborn fighting in areas of Pskov-Porkhov, Smolensk, and Bobruisk, and on Bessarabian front, but no substantial change.

In Africa, Three simultaneous raids on broad front against enemy positions facing western perimeter of Tobruk.

In Mediterranean, The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers attacked cruisers and destroyers in Palermo harbour, Sicily, on night of 17-18 July 1941. Fleet Air Arm bombed aerodromes at Gerbini and Augusta.

Two Luftwaffe bombers shot down off south coast of England.

Japan, New Cabinet formed in which Mr. Matsuoka, Foreign Minister, was superseded.

Agreement signed in London between Russia and Czechoslovakia restoring diplomatic relations.

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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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