Events occurring on Thursday, March 20, 1941  
  Yugoslavia in WW2  
  Yugoslavian Regent Prince Paul convened the final meeting of the Crown Council to discuss the proposals made by German Chancellor Adolf Hitler at Berchtesgaden on March 4, 1941. The Crown Council voted unanimously to accept Hitler’s proposals and join the Tri-Partite Pact. The Yugoslavian cabinet voted 16 to 3 to accept the pact.  
  Operation Barbarossa – The German Invasion of the Soviet Union  
  U.S. Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles informed the Soviet Ambassador to the United States Constantine A. Oumansky that the U.S. had additional information in confirmation of the report that Germany intended to attack the Soviet Union.  
  Events Leading to Pearl Harbor  
  Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Admiral Nomura Kichisaburo responded to the foreign ministry in Tokyo: “Though I do not know which ones, I have discovered that the United States is reading some of our codes. As for how I got the intelligence, I will inform you by courier or another safe way.”  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  While escorting Convoy SL-68, the battleship HMS Malaya (01) was torpedoed and damaged by the U-106, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Jürgen Oesten, approximately 250 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa. The HMS Malaya was forced to leave the convoy and head for Trinidad and after temporary repairs continued to the New York Navy Yard, where the battleship was docked for 4 months.  
  While sailing with  Convoy SL-68, the Dutch steam merchant Meerkerk was torpedoed and damaged by the U-106 approximately 250 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. The 7,995 ton Meerkerk was bound for the United Kingdom.  
  The Pacific Before Pearl Harbor  
  The heavy cruisers USS Chicago (CA 29) (Rear Admiral John H. Newton, Commander Cruisers Scouting Force) and USS Portland (CA 33) and the destroyers USS Clark (DD 361), USS Conyngham (DD 371), USS Reid (DD 369), USS Cassin (DD 372), and USS Downes (DD 375), arrived at Sydney, Australia, beginning a three-day goodwill visit.  
  U.S. Navy Task Group 9.2, under command of Captain Ellis S. Stone and comprised of the light cruisers USS Brooklyn (CL 40) and USS Savannah (CL 42) and the destroyers USS Case (DD 370), USS Shaw (DD 373), and USS Tucker (DD 374), concluded its port visit to Auckland, New Zealand and set sail for Tahiti.  
  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 minesweeping trawler HMS Juliet (T 136) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Leonard B. Moffatt.  
  The submarine U-562 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Herwig Collmann.  
  March 1941 Calendar  
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