Events occurring on Tuesday, October 21, 1941  
  Operation Typhoon – The German Assault on Moscow  
  Soviet Marshal Josef Stalin appointed Colonel General Georgy Zhukov as commander of all military forces in the Moscow area. Zhukov had recently arrived in Moscow on October 10, 1941 after he had stabilized the situation in Leningrad.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  A straggler from Convoy SL-89, the 13,984 ton armed merchant cruiser HMS Aurania (F 28) was torpedoed and damaged by the U-123, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Reinhard Hardegen, west of Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 2 died.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy SL-89, the British steam merchant Serbino was torpedoed and sunk by the U-82, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Siegfried Rollmann, west of Fastnet, Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 14 died and51 survivors were picked up by the corvette HMS Asphodel (K 56). The 4,099 ton Serbino was carrying general cargo, including sisal and was bound for Liverpool, England.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy SL-89, the British steam merchant Treverbyn was torpedoed and sunk by the U-82 west of Ireland. All of the ship’s complement of 46 died. The 5,281 ton Treverbyn was carrying iron ore and was bound for Cardiff, Wales.  
   
  Naval Action in the Mediterranean  
  The gunboat HMS Gnat (T 60) was torpedoed and damaged beyond repair by the U-79, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Wolfgang Kaufmann, approximately 30 miles northeast of Bardia, Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. The damaged ship was towed to Alexandria, where she was beachedand used as AA platform for the harbor defense until scrapped in 1945.  
   
  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 Canadian corvette HMCS The Pas (K 168) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Albert R. E. Coleman.  
   
  The submarine U-163 was commissioned. Her first commander was Korvettenkapitän Kurt-Eduard Engelmann.  
   
  The submarine U-253 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Adolf Friedrichs.  
     
   
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