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World War II Today: November 29

1939
The USSR forces Soviet citizenship on all residents of Polish territory under their control.

1940
German High Command issues draft plan for invasion of Russia.

British and New Zealand troops under General Freyberg occupy the whole of the Greek island of Crete in the Mediterranean.

1941
Depleted by continuous savage fighting, blizzards and sub-zero temperatures, Army Group Centre’s offensive begins to grind to a halt as German units find it increasingly difficult to make ground. The Russians launch a counter-attack at Rostov-on-Don, forcing the German to evacuate the city and withdraw west towards the river Mius.

Italians counterattack near Sidi Rezegh, Libya, and almost destroy New Zealand unit.

1942
Prime Minister Churchill warns the Italian government that RAF bombing of Italian cities will continue until Italy abandons the war.

British paratroops drop south of Tunis.

Coffee rationing begins in the United States.

1943
The Australians chase the retreating Japanese towards Wareo in New Guinea.

US VI Corps launches assault north of Mignano Gap in Italy.

1944
Russian troops cross Danube into southwest Hungary, making large gains.

The submarine USS Archerfish sinks Japanese carrier Shinano on her maiden voyage.

German spies William Colepaugh and Erich Gimpel are landed by U-1230 at Hancock Point ME, both are arrested by January 1, 1945.

World War II Today: November 29 - German spies William Colepaugh and Erich Gimpel are landed by U-1230 at Hancock Point ME

1945
Films of concentration camp atrocities are shown at the Nuremberg trials.

US War Department demobilizes enlisted men with three or more children under the age of eighteen.

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