Events occurring on Saturday, January 18, 1941  
 
  The Burma and Ledo Roads  
  The British government announced that it was closing the Burma Road and Hong Kong for the transit of war supplies to China in hopes that it would lead to better relations with Japan: Continuance of transit of these materials was represented as having a serious effect on AngloJapanese relations… What we have therefore made is a temporary agreement in the hope that the time so gained may lead to a solution just and equitable to both parties of the dispute and freely accepted by them both."  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The unescorted Norwegian steam merchant Gyda was torpedoed and sunk by the U-58, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Heinrich Schonder, northwest of Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 11 died and 9 survivors were picked up by the Belgian steam passenger ship Ville d´Arlon. The 1,591 ton Gyda was carrying salt and was bound for Bathurst, New Brunswick.  
   
  The unescorted British steam merchant Woodbury was torpedoed and sunk by the U-99, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Otto Kretschmer, about 300 miles west of Lands End, England in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 35 survived and reached land by lifeboat. The 4,434 ton Woodbury was carrying canned meat, wheat, and general cargo and was bound for Manchester, England.  
   
  Events in the United States  
  The German Consul General in San Francisco, California, displayed the prescribed German Reich flag from the consular office in recognition of German national holiday. At noon this day the flag was taken down in the presence of what was described as "a large shouting throng of people" and torn to pieces. The German Chargé d'Affaires Hans Thomsen made a "most emphatic protest" over the incident.  
   
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The submarine U-77 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Heinrich Schonder.  
     
   
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