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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.

World War II Today: November 4 - Carlson's Raiders

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.

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