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  • Yugoslavia
    Thursday May 1, 1941

    Josip Broz Tito

    Calling on the people to unite in a battle against the occupation

    Yugoslavia
    Thursday May 1, 1941

    On 1 May 1941, Tito issued a pamphlet calling on the people to unite in a battle against the occupation.




  • Iraq
    Friday May 2, 1941

    World War II

    Anglo–Iraqi War

    Iraq
    Friday May 2, 1941

    The Anglo–Iraqi War occurred from 2 to 31 May 1941, was a British-led Allied military campaign against Iraq under Rashid Ali, who had seized power during the Second World War with assistance from Germany and Italy. The campaign resulted in the downfall of Ali's government, the re-occupation of Iraq by the United Kingdom, and the return to power of the Regent of Iraq, Prince 'Abd al-Ilah, an ally to the United Kingdom.




  • Soviet Union (Present-Day Russia)
    Tuesday May 6, 1941

    Joseph Stalin

    Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union

    Soviet Union (Present-Day Russia)
    Tuesday May 6, 1941

    Became Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union.




  • United Kingdom
    Saturday May 10, 1941

    Martin Bormann

    Hess flew Solo to Britain

    United Kingdom
    Saturday May 10, 1941

    Hess was concerned that Germany would face a war on two fronts as plans progressed for Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union scheduled to take place later that year. He flew solo to Britain on 10 May 1941 to seek peace negotiations with the British government. He was arrested on arrival and spent the rest of the war as a British prisoner.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 10, 1941

    The palace of Westminster England

    The Worst Raid

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Saturday May 10, 1941

    The worst raid took place in the night of 10–11 May 1941, when the Palace took at least twelve hits and three people (two policemen and the Resident Superintendent of the House of Lords, Edward Elliott) were killed.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Monday May 12, 1941

    Martin Bormann

    Bormann became The Head of The Parteikanzlei (Party Chancellery)

    Berlin, Germany
    Monday May 12, 1941

    Hitler considered Hess' departure a personal betrayal, and ordered Hess to be shot should he return to Germany and abolished the post of Deputy Führer on 12 May 1941, assigning Hess' former duties to Bormann, with the title of Head of the Parteikanzlei (Party Chancellery). In this position he was responsible for all NSDAP appointments, and was answerable only to Hitler. Associates began to refer to him as the "Brown Eminence", although never to his face.




  • Egyptian and Libyan border
    Thursday May 15, 1941

    World War II

    Operation Brevity

    Egyptian and Libyan border
    Thursday May 15, 1941

    Operation Brevity was a limited offensive conducted in mid-May 1941, during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. Conceived by the commander-in-chief of the British Middle East Command, General Archibald Wavell, Brevity was intended to be a rapid blow against weak Axis front-line forces in the Sollum–Capuzzo–Bardia area of the border between Egypt and Libya. Although the operation got off to a promising start, throwing the Axis high command into confusion, most of its early gains were lost to local counter-attacks, and with German reinforcements being rushed to the front the operation was called off after one day.


  • Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Monday May 19, 1941

    Jimmy Hoffa

    Second Child

    Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Monday May 19, 1941

    The couple had a son, James P. Hoffa on May 19, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan.


  • Crete, Greece
    Tuesday May 20, 1941

    World War II

    Battle of Crete

    Crete, Greece
    Tuesday May 20, 1941

    The Battle of Crete was fought on the Greek island of Crete, It began on the morning of 20 May 1941, when Nazi Germany began an airborne invasion of Crete. Greek and other Allied forces, along with Cretan civilians, defended the island.


  • Berlin, Germany
    Saturday May 31, 1941

    Martin Bormann

    Extending The 1935 Nuremberg Laws

    Berlin, Germany
    Saturday May 31, 1941

    Bormann was invariably the advocate of extremely harsh, radical measures when it came to the treatment of Jews, the conquered eastern peoples, and prisoners of war. He signed the decree of 31 May 1941 extending the 1935 Nuremberg Laws to the annexed territories of the East.


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