18 October 1941
Japan : General Hideki Tojo was named 40th Prime Minister of Japan.Known as “Razor” and army strongman he extends deadline for diplomatic negotiations with US till 25th November meanwhile secretly began war preperations. Soviet spy Rikard Sorge embedded in German Embassy and German Foreign Ofice was arrested by Japanese police , the latter incident caused quite a shock , stir and emberrasement among German community and German diplomats in Japan plus German Foreign Office overall.
Mediterranean Sea : Royal Navy Cruiser HMS Latona and destroyers HMS Jackal, HMS Havock, and HMAS Nizam arrived in Alexandria, Egypt from Tobruk, Libya. Italian cargo ship Caterina was bombed by a RAF Mariner Martin flying boat and badly damaged she sank next day off Tripoli Libya.
North Atlantic : German submarine U-101 attacked Allied convoy SC-48 west of Iceland, damaging destroyer HMS Broadwater with one torpedo at 0420 hours; 46 crew and 11 previously rescued survivors were killed, 85 crew survived. HMS St. Apollo scuttled HMS Broadwater by gunfire at 1541 hours.
English Channel : Two Brittish freighters Mahseer and Empire Ghyll struck mine and sank in Thames Estuary
Barents Sea : German submarine U-132 sank Soviet cargo ship Argun in the Barents Sea 5 miles off the Russian coast at 1320 hours; all aboard survived. At 2017 hours, U-132 struck again, sinking trawler RT-8 Seld; all aboard were killed.
Russia : German SS Reich and 10th Panzer Divisions captured Mozhaysk, Russia. In the evening, a motorcycle battalion of SS Reich Division found the Minsk Highway toward Moscow, Russia, 90 kilometers to the east, undefended.
Ukraine : German Colonel General Erich von Manstein launched his Eleventh Army against the Perekop Isthmus in Russia but fierce Soviet resistance on a narrow front caused the German advance to proceed extremely slowly.