Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day 789 October 28, 1941

At 3.43 AM, U-68 sinks British SS Hazelside about 600 miles Southeast of St. Helena (2 killed, 44 picked up by British MV Malayan Prince and landed at Capetown).

At 5 AM 320 miles Northeast of the Azores, U-432 finishes the attack on convoy HG-75 sinking British SS Ulea (19 killed, 9 survivors picked up by British corvettes HMS La Malouine and HMS Bluebell).

At 7.19 AM, U-106 sinks British MV King Malcolm in the middle of the North Atlantic between Ireland and Canada (all 38 hands lost).

In North Africa, Rommel is preparing an all-out assault on the besieged Allied garrison at Tobruk, which is frustrating his plans to move on British interests in Egypt. He cannot afford to leave this threat to his rear and he needs the port as a forward supply base. German and Italian infantry rehearse storming bunkers, engineers plan routes through minefields and artillerymen range targets among the Allied defenses. Meanwhile Rommel plans a 2 week vacation in Italy with his wife Lucie, to celebrate his 50th birthday.

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