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September 26th, 1941

UNITED KINGDOM: The Free French government in London under General de Gaulle signs an alliance with the Soviet Union. (Jack McKillop) 

U.S.S.R.: A few days after the occupation of Kiev, downtown buildings were blown, killing hundreds of members of the Wehrmacht. Today, SS and Wehrmacht officers meet and decide that as a reprisal the majority of the Jews in Kiev shall be killed.

In trial testimony long afterwards, a former SS officer at the meeting described the division of labor between the SS and Wehrmacht by saying that "We had to do the dirty work. I will never forget how ... [Brigadier General Kurt] Eberhard said to us in Kiev, '_You_ have to do the shooting'."[8] However, Wette continues, "not only did the general have no objections to the plan for the massacre as such, but, given the ongoing arson attacks, he was actively promoting it, as an SS report to Berlin confirms: 'The Wehrmacht welcomes the measures and requests a radical approach'" (p. 115). (246)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Admiral Iachino commands an Italian naval task force of 2 battleships, six cruisers and 14 destroyers to intercept the British convoy of Operation Halberd. The British convoy left Gibraltar on the 24th for Malta.

CHINA: Japanese forces encircle Changsha. 

U.S.A.: Washington: The U.S. Navy orders the protection of all ships engaged in commerce in U.S. defensive waters--by patrolling, covering, escorting, and by reporting or destroying the German and Italian naval forces encountered.  (Jack McKillop)

The German Charge d'Affaires in Washington replies to the U.S. note of 19 September regarding reparations for the sinking of the US freighter SS Robin Moor. The Germans state that President Roosevelts address to Congress on 20 June and the State Department note on 19 September "are not such as to lead to an appropriate reply by my government." (Jack McKillop)

The U.S. Army establishes the Military Police Corps. (Jack McKillop)

Submarine USS Sunfish laid down.
Destroyers USS Hambleton and Rodman launched. (Dave Shirlaw)

ATLANTIC OCEAN: Corvette HMCS Brandon a Flower-class corvette, A/LCdr. John Coldecott Littler RCNR CO, departed St. John's to join the close escort for the 53-ship Sydney to Liverpool convoy SC-46. SC-46 arrived safely in Liverpool on 10 Oct 41. Convoy SC-46, one of the most heavily attacked convoys of WW II, attacked by 14 U-boats, which sank 15 ships, a total of 65,776 tons, U-boats that scored or shared in kills were: U-81; U-82, U-85, U-98, U-202, U-207, U-372, U-432 and U-652. U-82 Kpt/Lt Siegried Rollmann CO, sank 4 ships in this convoy.
U-124 sank SS Cervantes, SS Lapwing and SS Petrel in Convoy HG-73.
U-203 sank SS Avoceta, SS Cortes and SS Varangberg in Convoy HG-73.
U-66 sank SS IC White.

The completely ad hoc organization of the Newfoundland Escort Force led to the piecemeal generation and deployment of forces. Ships frequently sailed as singles or in small groups to join their convoys. This left dangerous windows where the escort force was depleted and disorganized. The lack of proper support facilities in St. John's was a problem that plagued the RCN throughout the war. The USN advance base at Argentia was soon supporting American, British and when space was available, Canadian escorts. (Dave Shirlaw)


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