Diary December 31, 1941

victim of 'U-37'
This ship was a victim of ‘U-37’.
WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, December 31, 1941:


Philippines: US-Filipino forces form new defence line north of Bataan Peninsula.

Eastern Front

Siege of Leningrad (Day 115): 52,000 people die of starvation and lack of medical treatment in December.

Sea War

Merchant shipping losses in December 1941: 30 Allied ships with 113,802 tons in Atlantic, 255 Allied ship with 469,904 tons elsewhere.
14 Axis ships with 61,081 tons in Mediterranean.
12 Japanese ships with 57,758 tons in Pacific.
6 U-boats sunk in the Atlantic, Arctic or Baltic. 80 serviceable U-boats in Atlantic.

Total Shipping and U-boat Losses 1941:
Allied and Neutral: 1,299 ships totalling 4,398,031t.
Axis: Germans 35 U-boats, 18 Italian submarines, 3 Japanese submarines.

Reasons of Allied shipping losses in 1941:

BRTnumber of ships
Submarines 2,171,700432
Aircrafts 1,017,400371
Mines 230,800111
Surface warships 201,80040
Disguised raiders 226,50044
E-boats (MTB) 58,80029
unknown 421,300272
Total 4,328,300 BRT 1,299

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