Hitler predicts in a speech to the Reichstag" that a war in Europe would lead to "the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe destruction of the Jews", "Auswanderung oder Evakuierung".
France troops cross the German border at the "Saar-front".
Germany creates General Council for War Economy under Goering.
Food rationing in England and France (at 11 Januari). Britain introduces ration cards for butter, sugar, bacon and ham.
Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexander is appointed Commander of the British I Corps, Burma.
1 March 1941,
Nazi extermination camps begin full operation. These include Auschwitz, Bamberg, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Chelmno, Jena, Sobibor and Treblinka. Over 2.600.000 Polish Jews are among those killed during the course of the war. Over 12.000 people would be killed daily at Auschwitz alone. By 1945 nearly 6 million Jews and more than 3 million Communists, gypsies, socialists and other dissidents will be exterminated.
Japanese troops entered Manila.
Chinese claim victory over Japanese at Changsha.
The British Government suspends all travel between Ireland and Great Britain.
Day raid on St.Nazaire. Beginning of series of raids on Ruhr.
Opening of 4-day air attack on Japanese convoy off New Guinea.
Two American divisions land on the island Eniwetok.
Russian troops capture Warsaw, Poland.
6th American Army and 4 divisions land in the "Gulf of Lingayen" (Luzon).