Calendar and Summary for February 1941  
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  Summary of Significant Events for February 1941  
  Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel was appointed Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet and Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and promoted to the rank of four-star admiral.  Rear Admiral Ernest J. King was appointed Commander in Chief, the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and promoted to the rank of four-star admiral.  The United Service Organizations, popularly known as the USO, was chartered on in order to provide recreation for on-leave members of the U.S. armed forces and their families.  Admiral Harold R. Stark sent a memorandum to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt where he concluded that Japan desired to move against the British, the Dutch, and the United States in succession and did not want to go to war with the United States at all.  The Italian 10th Army surrendered in Libya.  German Chancellor Adolf Hitler put Major General Erwin Rommel in command of the new German Afrika Corps to rescue the Italians in North Africa.  Hitler issued War Directive No. 23 - Bombing is to be intensified on shipping and the ports to inflict the greatest possible damage on the British economy "and also to give the impression that an invasion is planned for this year."  General of the Army George C. Marshall, in a letter to Lt. General Walter C. Short, stressed that “the risk of sabotage and the risk involved in a surprise raid by air and submarine constitute the real perils of the Hawaiian situation.”  In a BBC radio broadcast British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed Roosevelt: “Give us the tools and we will finish the job.”  The new Japanese ambassador to the United States, Admiral Kichisaburō Nomura, arrived in Washington D.C.  A proposal the financial attaché of the Japanese embassy in Washington D.C., for a "commercial understanding" was flatly rejected by Roosevelt.  Mogadishu, the capital of Italian Somaliland, was captured by British forces.  The anti-Nazi “Februari Strike” in Amsterdam began.  44 ships (213,941 tons) were sunk and 3 ships (28,340 tons) were damaged by U-boats.  
  Events occurring in February 1941 with no specific dates  

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