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Prime Minister Winston Churchill looking suitably defiant, inspects bomb damage.
War in Britain!
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21/01/1941 Communist newspaper, The Daily Worker is suppressed in Britain.
 
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06/02/1941
House of Commons vote for war credits of 1,600,000,000.
12/02/1941 The British foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden and General Sir John Dill, Chief of the Imperial General Staff leave London for a tour of the Balkan capitals in order to try and establish an anti-axis pact. However, Yugoslavia refuses to see them and Turkey refuses their proposals. Only Greece shows any interest.
20/02/1941 The Australian Prime Minister, R.G. Menzies arrives in Britain for talks with Churchill.
 
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12/03/1941 Churchill thanks America for ‘a new Magna Carta’.
 
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07/04/1941 British war budget raises income tax.
16/04/1941 The first American "Lend-Lease" food aid shipments arrive in Britain.
 
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10/05/1941 Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy and former World War I fighter pilot, flies from Augsburg to Scotland to persuade anti-Churchill politicians that England should stop the war with Germany, adopt a neutral attitude and allow Germany to eliminate the Bolshevik menace and gain Lebensraum in the East. He was taken to a secret location, interrogated and then held incommunicado at various places until the end of the war, later to be charged and condemned as a major war criminal at Nuremberg.
15/05/1941 Ernie Bevin says that he would not negotiate with ‘murderer’ Hess. It’s reported that the Dame of Sark has been deported to a German concentration camp as a reprisal for civil disobedience. Announced that British losses in France and Norway were 13,250 killed and approximately 41,000 taken prisoner out of 437,000 men engaged.
20/05/1941 Prime Minister says he is still not prepared to make a statement on Hess.
21/05/1941 It’s announced that Women’s Land Army now more than 11,000 strong.
24/05/1941 War Weapon Week ends in towns and cities, with 124m collected.
27/05/1941 Proposal to introduce conscription in Northern Ireland finally scrapped.
28/05/1941 Lord Woolton announces experimental egg rationing, further restrictions on fish and milk; successful prosecutions under Food Control Orders during war now total 17,319.
 
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01/06/1941 Clothes rationing introduced in Britain.
03/06/1941 Attlee memorandum approved by 2,430,000 to 19,000 at Labour Party conference ‘A necessary prelude to a just peace is a total victory.’
16/06/1941 British unemployment figures for May lowest yet at 243,656 out of work, 400,000 less than a year ago.
18/06/1941 British press give details of development of ‘radio location’ (radar) and its use in Battle of Britain.
22/06/1941 Churchill calls the German invasion of Russia, ‘the fourth turning point of the war’ and offers to give whatever help we can.
24/06/1941 House of Commons votes for 1,000 million war credit as war expenditure now exceeds 10,250,000 per day.
29/06/1941 Lord Beaverbrook becomes Minister of Supply in Cabinet reshuffle.
 
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01/07/1941 Coal deliveries to all establishments in Britain limited to one ton per month.
04/07/1941 British Communist Party officially drops peace campaign and backs the war.
05/07/1941 Foreign Secretary Eden categorically rules out possibility of negotiating with Hitler.
08/07/1941 Soviet military mission arrives in London.
12/07/1941 Britain and Russia sign mutual assistance agreement, pledging ‘no separate peace’.
19/07/1941 BBC announces the ‘V Army’, the resistance movement in Occupied Europe. George Armstrong executed at Wandsworth prison for spying.
 
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27/08/1941 British government takes over railways for the duration of the war, paying 43m per annum in compensation to private operators.
 
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19/09/1941 Lord Woolton calls the black market in Britain ‘a thorn in our side’.
30/09/1941 The guard at a detention centre in Peel on the Isle of Man is strengthened after disturbances, which results with 20 British fascists being moved to Liverpool.
 
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01/10/1941 The House of Commons votes for the third 1,000m war credit of year.
03/10/1941 British road deaths in the second year of war up 65% on the pre-war figure.
 
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20/11/1941 The exiled Norwegian Government in London officially backs ‘Milorg’, the largest resistance organisation in Norway.
24/11/1941 Two Luftwaffe officers, make the war's most audacious attempt to escape from a British POW camp. Lt. Heinz Schnabel and Oblt. Harry Wappler were prisoners in Camp No.15 near Penrith, Northumbria. Forging papers that identified them as Dutch officers serving in the RAF, they made their way to the RAF airfield at Kingstown near Carlisle and started the engine of a Miles Magister. Taking off, they soon realized they did not have the fuel to make it to Nazi-occupied Holland reluctantly they turned back, landing in a field about five miles north of Great Yarmouth. Recaptured, they were sent back to Camp No.15 again and sentenced to 28 days solitary confinement.
 
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02/12/1941 Churchill introduces a new National Service Bill, including compulsory service for women.
05/12/1941 Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Rumania.
08/12/1941 Britain and dominions declare war on Japan.
10/12/1941 Karel Richter, a German spy who parachuted into Hertfordshire is executed at Wandsworth Prison.
12/12/1941 Britain declares war on Bulgaria.
 

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