1941

Nov

11

November 1941

Heavy losses during raids on Germany

Several successful attacks were made by Hurricane bombers of Fighter Command. Eight Hurricanes bombed a factory near Bergues causing a large explosion, and six dropped all their bombs on an oil refinery at Beauchamps, near Le Treport, leaving the main buildings enveloped in smoke and flames. Eight others bombed the alcohol factory at St. Pol, setting the factory on fire and causing the Still tower to collapse.

Nov

10

November 1941

Warsaw Jews further isolated

The same punishment will apply to whoever consciously shelters Jews mentioned above or in any other way assists them (for instance, by providing overnight accommodation, or sustenance, by giving a ride in any kind of vehicle, etc.) The sentence will be imposed by the Special Court in Warsaw.

Nov

9

November 1941

Force K ambushes an Italian convoy

We opened fire thirty seconds later on the right-hand destroyer, and continued to shoot her up for four minutes. Aurora then led round and passed up the western side of the convoy, and the ‘party’ started, as the merchant ships were deliberately and in turn engaged by the whole force.

Nov

8

November 1941

Hitler boasts about Russian losses

And, if I now assume that in Russia, as here with us, there are three to four wounded for every fatal casualty, then the result is an absolute loss of at least eight to ten million, without considering those only slightly wounded, who might be cured and put back into action. My party comrades, no army in the world can recover from this, not even the Russian.

Nov

7

November 1941

Soviet troops march through Red Square

On the the 7th November the annual military parade through Red Square commemorating the revolution went ahead as usual. It was a highly symbolic moment suggesting that things were not as desperate as they might otherwise seem. In fact the tanks and troops taking part in the parade were marched straight through Moscow and on the the defensive lines on the outskirts of the city.

Nov

6

November 1941

Low level attack on Naples

‘Get the searchlightsi’ I yelled at the gunners, and took her down to rooftop height. We lost the searchlights, and the night-fighter as well; searchlights didn’t go down to street level, which was where we were now, and I guess the night-fighter had more sense.

Nov

5

November 1941

Conditions change for Army Group South

Supply had become almost impossible and could only be achieved by using horse-drawn vehicles. Motor vehicles moved at a snail’s pace. The consumption of fuel and loss of equipment was disproportionate to what was achieved. An army was sinking into the mud. Losses due to illness mounted endlessly.

Nov

4

November 1941

The committed Wehrmacht soldier fights on

I guess the Russians never dreamed that we would engage in this kind of an offensive prior to winter. I’m convinced that the last cohesive forces of the enemy have been decimated and once again our Fuhrer has proven to the world that the German soldier can do incredible tasks.

Nov

3

November 1941

First submarine attack by radar

However, on one occasion we did actually detect a small convoy of ships taking Germans to Crete, and the first detection that we had of this convoy was at night, was from the radar cabinet, so this was a plus for the radar. And because it was brand new and nobody knew very much about it we had two Dundee University students manning the radar set.

Nov

2

November 1941

Coastal Command’s successful week

These consisted of a tanker and six merchant vessels (including the Reichenfels – 1,800 tons — claimed as sunk) off the Frisian Islands and four merchant vessels and a Flax-ship off the Norwegian coast. In these operations we lost only one aircraft.