Convoy HX72 & U-100
This site describes the events surrounding the loss
of the Canonesa, the attack on Convoy HX72, and the
exploits of the U-boat which sank seven ships in just
over three hours; U-100, captained by Joachim Schepke.
Rommel arrives in North Africa at the height
of the British victory at El Agheila.
February 28, 1941
The German Reichskommandant in Holland, Seyss-Inquart,
proclaimed an ordinance concerning the "duty for
the performance of services." This ordinance provided
for the forced employment of Dutch citizens in Nazi-Germany
and its occupied territories.
The deployment of foreign labor in Nazi-Germany
between 1939 and 1945 represents the largest mass
utilization of forced labor in history since the
end of slavery during the 19th century. Reports
show that in August 1944, 7.8 million foreign workers
and prisoners of war were involved and, in addition
to these, approximately 500,000 mostly foreign concentration
camp inmates. By war's end an estimated 10 million
slave laborers were involved.
A comprehensive treatise on the subject has been added
to the English-language edition of the website of
the Netherlands Association of Slave Laborers
(page: "Arbeitseinsatz") From a historical perspective
this treatise is both unique and authoritative. Unique
because we believe it to be the only one on the subject
matter available on the internet. Authoritative because
it has been written by the foremost authority on the
March 24, 1941
Rommel pushes British out of El Agheila.
April 6, 1941
Germans invade Greece.
May 21, 1941
Bismarck photographed in Norway fjord.
The hunt begins!
May 26, 1941
Ark Royal torpedoes the Bismarck. Bismarck is
damaged and forced to reduce speed.
May 27, 1941
King George V and Rodney silence Bismarck's guns
and a torpedo from the Dorsetshire sinks the Bismarck.
Chase is over!
May 31, 1941
Final British surrender in Crete.
June 22, 1941
Barbarossa Campaign begins. Nazis attack the
July 31, 1941
Hitler's Final Solution starts with order to Heydrich.