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1st August 1941

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Events On This Day

Convoy attacked on Belgian coast by Blenheim bombers, one 2,000 ton ship left sinking.

Russian Front, The Wehrmacht advance slowed down at all points. Fierce but un-decisive fighting continuing around Smolensk Moscow stated that Russian aircraft had sunk enemy destroyer in Baltic and severely damaged two others. Berlin claimed that Russian counter-attacks in Smolensk area were broken, with heavy loss to attackers.

In Africa, The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers attacked motor transport concentrations near Sidi Omar.

In the Mediterranean, Day attack on shipping at Iampedusa Island, two ships being wrecked. Aerodrome at Borizzo, Sicily, was also bombed. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) made heavy night raid on enemy aerodromes in Crete, including Candia and Malerne.

Few Luftwaffe night raiders dropped bombs at points in South West England and in Scotland, but there were no casualties or damage.

Officially announced that diplomatic relations with Britain and Finland had been severed.

State of emergency declared throughout Norway.

It was announced that the Third Canadian Division, was a fully trained force, had arrived safely in Britain.

M102 Minesweeper
Launched 1 August 1941

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A Valentine Tank

A Valentine tank, the 16 ton infantry tank formerly known as the Mark III type, led the procession which, starting from the Mansion House, London, inaugurated the Tank Tour of the country which began on 1 August 1941. The ceremony was performed by the Lord Mayor of London, Sir George Wilkinson. Similar tours, intended to show what are being manufactured and what are wanted, started from Edinburgh, Macclesfield and Cambridge. Facing the camera, in the tank, is Captain Barker, who was in charge of the British tanks in Libya.
Photo, Topical Press.

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The Second Great War.
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