Calendar and Summary for April 1941  
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  Summary of Significant Events for April 1941  
  Four Iraqi nationalist army colonels, known as "the Golden Square" staged a military coup in Iraq that overthrew the regime of Regent 'Abd al-Ilah.  British troops defeated Italian forces and captured Asmara, the capital of Eritrea.  On April 3rd and 4th, 1941 German U-boats sank 9 merchant ships and damaged 3 other ships in Convoy SC-26.  The pro-Axis Rashid Ali Al-Gaylani returned to power as Prime Minister of Iraq.  Operation Punishment began with the Luftwaffe opening the assault on Yugoslavia by conducting a saturation-type bombing raid on the capital city of Belgrade. The 2nd Panzer Division entered Yugoslavia from the east.  Germany began Operation Marita when the XL Panzer Corps crossed Greece’s border with Bulgaria.  During a night reconnaissance mission British Generals Richard O’Connor and Phillip Neame were spotted by a German patrol and taken prisoner.  The Luftwaffe conducted a large air raid using 237 bombers on Coventry, England dropping 315 high explosive bombs and 710 incendiary canisters.  The United States and Danish governments signed an agreement whereby the American government agreed to take over the defense of Greenland.  The Afrika Korps encircled the port of Tobruk, Libya beginning the siege of the port city.  The Office of Price Administration (OPA) was established to control and stabilize prices during wartime.  The Germans captured Belgrade.  Japan and the Soviet Union signed a five-year non-aggression pact.  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially authorized military service personnel of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps officers to participate in the war in China as volunteers of the American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers.)  Approximately 200 bombers from the Luftwaffe dropped bombs on Belfast in Northern Ireland.  German forces captured the supreme command of the Royal Yugoslav Army at Sarajevo and Yugoslavia formally surrendered to Axis forces.  Britain landed the first elements of Iraqforce, the Indian 20th Infantry Brigade, at Basra.  The final decision for the evacuation of the Commonwealth forces from Greece to Crete and Egypt was taken.  American, British, and Dutch military officials began a meeting in Singapore to develop a strategic plan for combined operations against Japan.  King George II and his government left the Greek mainland for Crete.  German troops entered Athens.  44 ships (247,758 tons) were sunk and 4 ships (28,792 tons) were damaged by U-boats during April 1941.  
  Events occurring in April 1941 with no specific dates  

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