Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 747 September 16, 1941

Siege of Leningrad Day 9. German XXXXI corps reaches the shore of the Gulf of Finland at Strelna isolating Soviet 8th Army in the Oranienbaum pocket. 8th Army is separated from the main garrison in Leningrad but still protects the causeway to the island fortress and naval base at Kronstadt.

Kiev, Ukraine. Kleist's Panzergruppe 1 (from the South) and Guderian's Panzergruppe 2 (from the North) meet at the town of Lokhvitsa, 120 miles East of Kiev. They have trapped 850,000 troops of the Soviet Southwestern Front in and around Kiev.

Convoy SC-42 has almost reached safety when U-98 sinks British MV Jedmoor at 11.16 PM 100 miles Northwest of Isle of Lewis, Scotland (31 dead and 5 survivors rescued by 2 merchant ships).

Italian submarine Smeraldo sinks in the Mediterranean, cause unknown (all 45 hands lost).

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