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World War II Today: November 21

1937
The first stretch of the German Autobahn is opened for use. The main purpose of the road is to deploy and supply its forces throughout the country. Eventually, 4,500 miles of four-lane highway will cover Germany.

1939
World War II Today: November 21 - Prime Minister ChamberlainPrime Minister Chamberlain imposes an embargo on all German trade, with goods currently in Britain, but destined for shipment to Germany to be confiscated.

Prime Minister Chamberlain announces the seizure of German merchant shipping in retaliation for the sinking of neutral ships and indiscriminate mine warfare. The German Battlecruiser’s Scharnhorst and Gneisenau set off from Germany on a mission to harry British sea routes in the North Atlantic.

1940
Greeks capture Koritza, defeating Italian IX Army.

The United States government announces that Nazi agents are active in eight American cities for sabotage, propaganda, espionage, and fomenting strife.

1942
The situation for the 6th Army is deteriorating fast, not least owing to the fact that Army HQ is being relocated which leads to serious disruptions in communications with the troops in and outside the city.

1943
Field Marshal Kesselring is appointed commander-in-chief of all German forces in Italy, while Rommel leaves his command to organize the Atlantic wall.

1944
Albanian patriots free the capital, Tirana.

The US 8th Air Force launches heavy attacks against Hamburg and the synthetic fuel producing plants of Leuna at Merseburg.

1945
All the top ranking Nazis at Nuremberg plead innocent.

Manzanar Relocation Center closes.

World War II Today: November 21 - Manzanar Relocation Camp Closes

 

Lt. Gen. Alexander Patch dies of pneumonia at Fort Sam Houston TX, age 55.

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