NOTE : Due to non sensical internet social media censorship in my country , I will write (and maybe from now on continue to write) my weekly World War II update here instead of Youtube comments section where I usually do. Youtube comments due to some reason , do not accept my entries to this weeks video comments anymore
26 July 1941 , US Army recalled Douglas MacArthur to active service as the commander of units in the Far East; Philippine troops already under MacArthur’s command were integrated into the US Army.
26 July 1941 , Russia , Three full Soviet armies were trapped and destroyed near Mogilev, Byelorussia.
26 July 1941 , US President Franklin Roosevelt passed executive orders to freeze all Japanese and Chinese assets, forbade the export of oil, iron, and rubber to Japan, as well as marking the Panama Canal off-limits to Japanese shipping. UK and the Netherlands followed suit.
26 July 1941 , US Navy Admiral Husband Kimmel ordered long range air patrols to be conducted from various Pacific Ocean bases in case Japan reacted aggressively against US President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order to freeze Japanese assets.
26 July 1941 , Lithuania , 3,800 Lithuanian Jews were killed during a pogrom in Kovno. SS Einsatzgruppen arrest Vilnius Jewish ghetto elders and held them hostage , demanding five million roubles for their release from Jewish community
26 July 1941 , Malta , Eight Italian motorboats packed by explosives and driven by elite Italian Decima MAS frogmen attempted to attack shipping in Valletta’s Grand Harbour at Malta. The whole Italian attack was botched though. British defences in Malta were alerted by radar and as soon as Italian motor boats packed with explosives enter , shore batteries open fire under illumanation of starshells and projectors , six Italian motorboats sunk , two were captured , twelve Italian frogmen from Decima MAS special forces were killed , four captured
26 July 1941 , Atlantic Ocean , German submarine U-141 torpedoed and sunk British cargo ships Atlantic City and Botway from convoy OS 1 off Ireland
27 July 1941 , General Wilhelm Keitel ordered all copies of the 13 May 1941 order, which effectively allowed German military personnel to murder Soviet civilians, destroyed. Several copies would remain, however, and surface during the Nuremberg Trials
27 July 1941 , Adolf Hitler requested Romanian leader Ion Antonescu to conquer and occupy the Ukrainian territory between Dniester and Bug Rivers
27 July 1941 , Estonia , Baltics , German troops from Amy Group North captured Tallinn, Estonia
27 July 1941 , London , UK , Luftwaffe bombers attack Brtitish capital first time after fifteen weeks.
27 July 1941 , The Reich Commissar for the Baltic States and White Russia, Hinrich Lohse, was told that the inmates of the ghettos under his authority were to receive ‘only the amount of food that the rest of the population could spare, and in no case more than was sufficient to sustain life’. These minimal food rations were to continue ‘until such time as the more intensive measures for the “Final Solution” can be put into effect’. SS Einsatzgruppen murder Jewish ghetto elders in Vilnius when their ransom were not paid in time
27 July 1941 , Atlantic Ocean , German submarines gather for a wolfpack attack on convoy OG69. German submarine U-126 torpedoed and sunk cargo ships Ereto and Inga I. U-203 torpedoed and sunk cargo ship Hawkinge. U-79 torpedoped and sunk cargo ship Kelwyn.
27 July 1941 , Black Sea , Soviet cargo liner Lenin hits a miner and sunk with heavy loss of life while sailing between Odessa and Sevastapol. More than 4.000 passangers en route to Sevastapol perished
27 July 1941 , Baltic Sea , Soviet destroyer Smelyi was torpedoed and sunk by German fast torpedoboat S-54 in Gulf of Riga.