8 July 1941

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Eastern Front

Soviet West Front army encircled southeast of Minsk. 290,000 Soviet troops captured.

Hitler announces plans to raze Moscow and Leningrad rather than feed their citizens

War in the Air

B-17 Flying Fortress flies its first combat mission, with the RAF, a high altitude daylight raid on the German naval base at Wilhelmshaven, five months before first seeing combat in American colours.

Diplomacy

Germany and Italy partition Yugoslavia

Soviet Military Mission reaches London

Syria

Allied troops prepare to attack Homs-Damascus Road

Books

Traditional Enemies - Britain's War with Vichy France 1940-1942, John D Grainger. Looks at the series of battles between Vichy France and Britain between the fall of France in 1940 and Operation Torch at the end of 1942. Politically well balanced, acknowledging the genuine motives behind each British attack and the difficult balancing act the Vichy government was attempting but failing to pull off, and with good accounts of the military actions. [read full review]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 8 July 1941, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1941_07_08.html
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