what happened in 1941
- Rudolf Hess, parachuted into Scotland on a peace mission and is captured by British forces.
- Churchill launches the “V for Victory” campaign across Europe
1941 The war in Europe continued to dominate world affairs but a new threat was growing which would soon involve America as the Japanese caused a threat Asia in the Pacific and preparations for war continued . The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the joint session of congress asking for help in the form of Arms . The US still continued as normal with 2 great movies produced that year that would stand the test of time “Citizen Kane” and “Dumbo”. After many years where parents had decided what teenagers wore a new revolution was happening where teenagers became fashion conscious , also drive in Movies and drive in fast food were growing in popularity. On December 7th the US was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii more than 2400 American servicemen were killed that day and America entered the WAR . And with neutrality ended some 950 tanks were sent to Britain together with food, trucks, guns and ammunition.
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Occupation of Kiev
September 19, 1941
This document bears witness to the vast array of bureaucratic stamps and visas needed to emigrate from Europe in 1940–41. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Samuel Soltz
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Jan 1 Russian general Georgy Zhukov appointed chief of general staff
This 1944 photograph shows a pile of remaining bones at the Nazi concentration camp of Majdanek, the second largest death camp in Poland after Auschwitz.
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1941 Oct 31, The Mt. Rushmore sculpture was completed after 14 years of work. [see 1927]
(HFA, ’96, p.40)(HN, 10/31/01)
1941 Oct 31, The US Navy destroyer “Reuben James” was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland, killing 115, even though the United States had not yet entered World War II.
1941 Oct 31, 13 U boats were sunk this month (62,000 ton).
1941 Jan, The US War Dept. formed an all-black flying unit that achieved fame as the Tuskegee Airmen. On June 20 the Tuskegee program officially began with the formation of the 99th Fighter Squadron at the Tuskegee Institute. Their 1st mission was in June 1943. African-Americans were barred from the Air Corps until this year, and then were shunted to all-black squadrons.
(SFC, 9/22/99, p.A24) (WSJ, 8/17/99, p.A1)(NPub, 2002, p.14)