Monday, September 12, 2011

Day 744 September 13, 1941

Overnight, first snowfall on the Eastern Front begins a long, cold Winter.

Siege of Leningrad Day 6. General Georgy Zhukov, hero of the 1938 Soviet victory over Japan at Khalkhin Gol, flies from Moscow. On Stalin’s orders, he replaces his superior Marshall Kliment Voroshilov who is unable to control the numerous military and civilian groups defending Leningrad.

British Submarine HMS Tigris sinks Norwegian coastal steamer Richard With off Breisund in Northern Norway. Finnish coastal defense ship Ilmarinen hits a mine and sinks in the Gulf of Finland (271 killed, 132 survivors). Soviet motor torpedo boat sinks German auxiliary patrol boat VP 308 (previously trawler Oscar Neynaber) off Porkkala peninsula in the Gulf of Finland.

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