Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 731 August 31, 1941

Evacuation of Soviet Baltic Fleet through the Gulf of Finland from Tallinn, Estonia, is complete. The last ships arrive at Kronstadt naval base on Kotlin Island, 19 miles West of Leningrad, where they will serve as a floating battery firing on German forces attacking Leningrad. Despite the heavy losses, 165 ships and 66,000 tons of equipment are evacuated from Tallinn, plus 28,000 Soviet civilian and military personnel.

Overnight, Germans bomb British naval base at Alexandria, Egypt, but cause no damage to ships or facilities (2 Royal Navy officers killed).

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