Posts Tagged ‘WWII November’

Nov 04

World War II Today: November 4

1939 The United States modified its neutrality stance in World War II to allow ”cash and carry” purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain and France.

Rear-Admiral Hugh Sinclair, head of British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), died of cancer. Succeeded by his deputy, Colonel Stewart Menzies.

1941 Finnish forces capture the Baltic naval base of Hang that Finland was compelled to lease to the Soviets in 1940.

Units of 11th Army capture Fedosia in the Crimea.

1942 The Italian 20th Motorized Corps is destroyed. Rommel re-issues his orders for retreat with only 12 tanks left. 10,724 Axis prisoners are taken by the British, including nine generals.

Carlson’s Raiders (US Marines) land at Aola Point, Guadalcanal to harass Japanese behind lines.

1943 Quote from Nazi newspaper, Der Stürmer, published by Julius Streicher – “It is actually true that the Jews have, so to speak, disappeared from Europe and that the Jewish ‘Reservoir of the East’ from which the Jewish pestilence has for centuries beset the peoples of Europe has ceased to exist. But the Fuhrer of the German people at the beginning of the war prophesied what has now come to pass.”

The U.S. Fifth Army captures Isernia, 50 miles North of Naples and links up with Eighth Army moving North West from Foggia. US casualties in Mediterranean since the landings in North Africa is given as 31,126.

A Russian breakout to the North of Kiev is achieved with their tank army’s driving throughout the night.

Take a look at these other WWII posts: Words at War: Condition Red WWII Today: October 16 WWII Today: September 18

Nov 03

World War II Today: November 3

1940 U99 sinks armed merchant-cruiser Laurentic off Iceland.

Greek troops trap the Italian 3rd Alpine Division taking 5,000 prisoners. British troops arrive in Greece.

1941 Germans troops capture Kursk.

Off Greece, HMS Proteus makes first radar attack by a sub, damaging Italian tanker Tampico.

General Auchinleck is forced to postpone ‘Operation Crusader‘ for 1 week so as to enable the 1st South African Division, which had recently arrived from Abyssinia to under go more training.

Admiral Yamamoto’s plan to attack Pearl Harbor is approved.

1942 A British merchant seaman is hanged at Wandsworth for supplying the Germans with shipping information.

In an interview with American journalists, Stalin describes US military aid as of little effect.

Rejecting out of hand Field Marshal Rommel’s proposal to withdraw the Afrika Korps, now down to about 40 tanks, to the Fuka line, Hitler orders him to stand and fight.

On Guadalcanal, US Marines take Point Cruz and land at Koli Point.

1943 The USAAF launch a 400-bomber daylight raid on Wilhelmshaven with 600-fighter escort. At night the RAF drop over 2,000 tons of bombs on Dusseldorf in 27 minutes.

A massive Russian offensive from Dnieper bridgehead North of Kiev erupts.

Nazis carry out Operation Harvest Festival in occupied Poland, killing 42,000 Jews.

Heavy USAAF air attacks begin on Rabaul.

The Second Battle of Kiev began on the Eastern Front.

More than 18,000 Jewish prisoners were shot to death in a single day at the Majdanek concentration camp in Poland, in the Aktion Erntefest. The Erntefest was the traditional German “Harvest Festival”, and dance music was played over loudspeakers “to drown out the sounds of the killing and the dying”. The extermination of the estimated 18,400 members of the camp was carried out by order of the new camp commandant, German Lt. Colonel Martin Weiss, as part of Operation Reinhard.

Adolf Hitler issued Führer Directive Number 51, anticipating an invasion of Nazi-occupied France by the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, in what Hitler described as “an Anglo-Saxon landing”. Troops and reinforcements were transferred to Western Europe, and the Anglo-Saxon landing would take place on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

The Raid on Choiseul ended indecisively.

1944 The 20th Gebirgsjaeger Army evacuates the mineral rich Petsamo region of northern Finland.

Take a look at these other WWII posts: WWII Today: June 19 WWII Today: August 6 WWII Today: June 14

Nov 02

World War II Today: November 2

1939 The first transport of Polish women arrives at Ravensbruck concentration camp.

1942 Bitter street fighting continues in Stalingrad with neither side making much progress. Kleist’s final Caucasus advance ends as the 13th Panzer Division of III Panzer Corps approaches the outskirts of Ordshonikidse, the southeastern-most point in Russia to be reached by the Wehrmacht.

German Newsreel

Operation ‘Supercharge’, the breakout at El Alamein gets under way. Rommel has only 32 Panzer’s left intact.

Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrives in Gibraltar to set up an American command post for the invasion of North Africa.

In New Guinea, Australians reoccupy Kokoda and its airfield on way from Port Moresby to Buna, New Guinea.

At Bell Island, Newfoundland, torpedo from U-boat U-518 hits dock, the only direct German attack on North American land in the war; two ships are sunk.

1943 The Battle of Empress Augusta Bay in Bougainville ends in U.S. Navy victory over Japan.

1944 The Canadians take Zeebrugge, the last corner of occupied Belgium, on Channel coast. The Canadian 2nd Division withdraws from a 700 yard deep bridgehead in Walcheren. All eligible Germans are ordered to enroll in Volksturm on pain of court-martial.

The United States 28th Division is ordered to clear the Germans out of the Hurtgen Forest and is nearly destroyed in the attempt.

German forces manage to stop the Russians at Kraisevo, enabling the Second Panzer Army to establish a firm line west of Belgrade.

The Red Army enters the southeastern suburbs of Budapest.

Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: August 28 WWII Today: August 16 WWII Today: August 14

Nov 01

World War II Today: November 1

1936 In a speech in Milan, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between Italy and Nazi Germany as an “axis” running between Rome and Berlin.

1940 British mine Bay of Biscay.

Turkey declares itself neutral in Greco-Italian war.

RAF and Fleet Air Arm aircraft attack targets in Naples and Brindisi on the Italian mainland and Albanian ports.

1941 The German government issues a statement denying the charges made by President Roosevelt that the US destroyers Greer and Kearney were attacked by German submarines without any provocation; that the exact opposite was true in that the U-boats fired torpedoes only after they were tracked and depth-charged for hours by these US vessels.

German troops of the 11th Army take Simferopol, the capital of the Crimea and close in on Sevastopol.

1942 In their advance toward Ordshonikidse in the Caucasus, units of III Panzer Corps capture Alagir on the upper Terek river.

1943 The Red Army achieves a landing across the Strait of Kerch from the Taman peninsula and also severs all German land links with the Crimea.

The US 3rd Marine Division lands at Empress Augusta Bay on Bougainville Island in the Solomon’s. A confused naval battle follows.

1944 The first of 9,000 balloon bombs launched against US from Tokyo reach the U.S.A. One bomb kills six people near Lakeview in Oregon.

“Operation: Infatuate I” begins as the British Royal Marines and Army Commandos land on Dutch island of Walcheren off the Scheldt Estuary during the in an attempt to clear the German defenders from this strategic island. “Operation: Infatuate II” was the amphibious landing at Westkapelle, also conducted on the morning of 1 November.


British Intelligence reports that Hitler probably committed suicide on the 30th April in Berlin after marrying his mistress, Eva Braun.

Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: April 25 WWII Today: April 17 WWII Today: April 11

Sep 14

Andrea King WWII Yank Pin Up – September 14, 1945

Andrea King was born Georgette Andre Barry in Paris, France, however she lived there only two months before her mother, Belle Hart, brought her back to the United States.→ Read more

Nov 21

Words At War Episode 45 “The Silence Of the Sea“

Words At War Episode 45 “The Silence Of the Sea“ Released April 18, 1944.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war book another adaptation of an important war book, “The Silence Of the Sea“. We in America are coming to help you. America is coming to help you… Take a look at these other WWII Posts: Clark Gable: B-17 Gunner WWII Today: November 11 Patton: “Americans Love to Fight”

Nov 14

Words At War Episode 44 “Wild River“

Words At War Episode 44 “Wild River“ Released April 11, 1944.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books offers this  important adaptation of “Wild River,” drama of Dnieper Dam, by Anna Louise Strong. Take a look at these other WWII Posts: Words at War: A Bell for Adano WWII Today: November 4 WWII Today: July 5

Nov 12

World War II Quote “Americans Love to Fight” – Patton

“Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.”

-General George S. Patton, Jr.





Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Yank Magazine Pin Up: Ingrid Bergman WWII Today: November 12 WWII Today: November 13

Nov 07

Words At War Episode 42 “A Bell for Adano“

Words At War Episode 42 “A Bell for Adano“ Released March 28, 1944.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war book another adaptation of an important adaptation of “A Bell For Adano”, by John Hersey. The story of an American soldier in charge of a small liberated Italian village, that was long remembered after the war. The book was made into a movie in 1945.


Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: October 27 Words at War: The White Brigade Words at War: The War Tide