Events occurring on Tuesday, March 4, 1941  
  Yugoslavia in WW2  
  German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and Yugoslavian Regent Prince Paul met at Berchtesgaden. In return for Yugoslavia joining the Axis Pact Prince Paul demanded that Salonika be ceded to Yugoslavia after the war, Yugoslavia’s territorial integrity be protected against invaders, that Yugoslavia would not be obligated to enter the war, that no troops, including wounded soldiers would transit Yugoslavia, and that the terms of the agreement be published. Hitler agreed to all the terms except the last.  
  Special Operations  
  British commandos raided the Norwegian Lofoten Islands in an undertaking codenamed Operation Claymore. 500 men of #3 and #4 Commandos were carried in the assault ships Queen Emma and Prinses Beatrix and were escorted by the destroyers HMS Legion (G 74), HMS Eskimo (F 75), HMS Tartar (F 43), HMS Bedouin (F 67), and the French destroyer escort FFL Somali. The attack primary objective was the destruction of the Norwegian fish oil processing plants, the destruction of which would have struck a severe blow to the German production of glycerin which was used in aircraft engines. The raid was very successful and the commandos were ready to leave by midday. In all 11 fish-oil factories and oil dumps were blown up, 225 Germans and 60 "Quislings" taken prisoner, 314 Norwegian volunteers were recruited, the auxiliary patrol boat Krebs and seven freighters were sunk, and encryption equipment and codebooks were captured. The success of this first major Special Forces operation raised the morale of the commandos and the British public alike.  
  German Commerce Raiders  
  In the Indian Ocean south of the Seychelles, a Walrus seaplane from the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra spotted the German steamer Coburg and the captured Norwegian tanker Ketty Brøvig. The HMAS Canberra and light cruiser HMS Leander tried to intercept, but the Coburg and Ketty Brøvig were scuttled to avoid capture. The Coburg and Ketty Brøvig were being used as supply ships for the German armed merchant raider Pinguin. The HMAS Canberra and HMS Leander were in position because the German supply ship transmission codes had been broken.  
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