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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:55 pm    Post subject: On this date WW2 Reply with quote

The Americans were enjoying their first day on the African continent after the landings of Op Torch.

But in three short months found themselves running away after the battle at Kasserine Pass. The Germans had some new equipment, sort of a lend lease... Rommel lends the 10th panzer to kick their a$$ and the US hands over tons of equipment and supplies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gnpjhg4rPXU


P.S. The Brits held off the 21st panzer w/o issue.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nov 12/40

The Japenese were studying very closely an attack made by the Fleet Air Arm on Taranto's harbour one week earlier. Yamamoto is very impressed by their success.

Outcome....

Brit losses - 2 of the biplanes (Fairey Swordfish) shot down of 21 sent (2 crew KIA and 2 Prisoner)

Italian losses - 3 battleships sunk and 2 battleships / 1 cruiser damaged.

Guess the US Pacific fleet should have been impressed as well and learned accordingly.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good thread! This encourages me to post now!Was thinking of making something along this line!

From the book: "2194 Days of War"


Nov 18/1940:
Hitler invites the Italian Foreign Minister and the Spanish Foreign Minister.
Talks open up about the disasterous campaing of Italy againts Greece.
Hitler announces that he is not happy with the Italian performance and that a German intervention at this point is necessary to turn the tide in the Mediterranean before the UK can gain a strong foorhold in Greece.
Hitler also states that strong control over the Balkan is vital for the positive outcome of the war and the succesful finish of the struggle in North Africa.
A date for the German invasion of the Balkans is set for no sooner than March 15 of the next year.

*Heavy Fighting continous on the Greek front, especially near Koritsa


Nov 18/1941:
North Africa British launch second Western Desert Offensive in Lybia.
The British 8th Army, commanded by General Cunningham, launches Operation Crusader againts the Italian and German forces surrounding Tobruk. The immediate aim of the operation is to reinforce the Tobruk bridgehead; the final objective is to recapture Cyrenaica and, if succesful, to invade Tripolitania
* House of Representatives in Tokyo passes resolution expressing hostility to the USA


Nov 18/1942
Eastern Front
The Russians are about to launch a Massive pincer attack againts the flanks of Stalingrad.
Front line activity increases.
*Heavy fighting
in Stalingrad
Tunisia
A brigade of the British 78th Division holds off a German attack at Djebel Abiod, but east of this position another brigade is cut off.
The Germans also attack the French XIX Corps at Medjez el Bab, 35 miles south-west of Tunis and south of Mateur.
Guadalcanal
The Americans advance south of Cruz Point in the western sector, in readiness for a new Offensive
New Guinea
The Australian 16th Brigade takes Popondetta, where orders are given to immediatly construct an airstrip, and pushes on towards Soputa without making contact with the enemy
*British bombers attack Turin during the night

Nov 18/1943
Eastern Front
South-east of Kiev the Russians break through the German defences on the Dniepr near Cherkassy and re-take Ovruch, NW of that town. In the Zhitomir sector, however, German pressure forces them to withdraw. In the central sector the Germans are in danger of being surrounded at Gomel, where the salient at Rezhitsa west of the town, has been rapidly broadened.

Nov 18/1944
Western Europe
Two divisions of the XXX Corps, the British 2nd Army launch an offensive for the capture of the Geilsenkirchen salient.
In the US 1st Army sectore the 4th Division advances in the Huertgen forrest.
In the US 3rd Army sector the 10th Armored division captures Launstroff and Schwerdorff and reaches the river Nied near Bouzonville.
Taks force "Bacon" enters Metz from the north-east and the 5th Division from the south.
Two divisions of the XII Corps (35 and 26) continue their advance on the Saar after an intensive bombardement. The first reaches Bistroff the other, operating on the right flank, launches an assault on the line from Dieuze to Benestroff.
In the southern sector the 79th division begins the attack on Fremonville; in the VI corps sector the 100th Division attacks Raon l'Estape.
The 5th Armor and 2nd Moroccan Divisions approach Belfort from the corps' north flank.
The French 1st Division, with support from the 9th Colonial, advances about 6 miles beyond belfort between the Reno Canal and the small town of Delle
Italian Front
HQ of the British 8th Army fixes 2000 as H-hour for the joint attack by the British V Corps and the Polish II Corps againts Faenza.
Eastern Front
The Leningrad Front resumes their offensive againts tenacious German defence in the southern point of Saaremaa Island, in the Gulf of Riga.
The possesion of this tongue of land is Important to the Wehrmacht, which has to consider the evacuation of the Army Group North, trapped in Norther Lativa, east of Riga (Kurland)
Phillipines-Leyte
In the US X corps sector there is bitter fighting in the areas of the hills called Kilay and Corckscrew, where the resistance of the Japanese 30th Division is intense[/list][/code][/url]
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nov 19/1939
Churchill porposes to mine the waters between Strasbourg and the river Lauter, usin mine laying aircraft.

Nov19/1940
The Spanish Foreing Minister, Serano Suner, on instructions from Franco and the Spanish supreme command, repeats to Hitler and Ribbentrop that Spain needs 400,000 tons of grains and two months of preparation before it can attack Gibraltar, even though Hitler has promised help by German units (OPeration Felix).In fact, Franco has already decided to keep his country out of the conflict.
*Nights raids on Birmingham
*RAF bombs Skoda works at Pilsen

Nov19/1941
The British 8th Army advances without meeting any serious obstacles and reaches Sisi Rezegh. At Bir el Gubi, however, on the left Flank of the British line, the Italian Ariete Division puts up stout resistance, while on the right flank the IV Armored Brigade is involved in hard fighting with contingents of the German 21st Panzer Division.

Nov19/1942
Eastern Front
at 0850 after a murderous artillery preparation the Russians launch their great counter-offensive at Stalingrad.For the Germans this is the beginning of a colossal disaster.
Six corps of the Don Front move from Kletskaya bridghehead beyond the Don, 75 miles NW of Stalingrad. Further north the armies of the South-West Front are advancing from Serafimovich on the Don, about 95 miles North-West of Stalingrad. A pincer movement is beginning, which will develop during the next days. The Germans hold out fairly well everywhere, unlike the Rumanians. A powerful penetration is reported at Kletskaya area. The Commander, von Weichs, of Army Group B, consisting of part of the 4th Panzerarmee and the Rumanian 4th Army, orders immediate counter-attacks. But all that results is temporary containment of the enemy.

Tunisia
The French XIX Corps rejects the German ultimatum demanding that they abandon Medjez el Bab. During the day British and American infantry and artillery units arrive and force the German tanks and infantry to retire.
Guadalcanal
During the Night if 19/20 November the Japanese launch an attack from Kukombona againts American positions in the sector west of the river Matanikau


Nov19/1943
Eastern Front
The Russians evacuate Zhitomir to avoid being surrounded.
Italian Front
In the British V Corps (8thArmy) sector, where the 8th Indian Division is operating on the lower Sangro, the Germans complete their withdrawal to the North bank of the river.
Pacific
Carrier-borne aircraft pound the Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands and Nauru in preparation for the coming invasion.

Nov 19/1944
Western Front
In the British 2nd Army sector the 84th division (XXX Corps) continues clearing the Plummern area of the remaining enemy forces.
51st Division (XII Corps) captures Helden and Panningen.
Units of the 2nd Armored Division repel the determined counter-attacks of the German 7th Army under Brandenberger. Metz is completly surrounded by divisions o the US XX Corps (US 3rd Army). 6th Armored Division reaches Bertring and Gros-Tenquin. The 26th Division throws in all its forces againts the line from Dieuze to Benestroff, againts strong German resistance.
79th Division captures completly Fremonville, the French 2nd Armor reaches Cirey. General Leclerc's French armor breaks through the German lines near Saverne and converges on Strasbourg. The VI Corps nears the river Meurthe; the 100th Division, already east of the river, is still advancing towards the area of Raon. 2nd Moroccan Division and the 5th Armored reach the suburbs of Belfort. At 1830 a French detachement reaches the Rhine at Rosenau, near Basel.
Pacific: Asia Islands
Units of the US 8thArmy land in the Asia Islands, east of the Maipas (north of New Guinea)
Phillipines
Aircraft from a task force of fastaircraft carriers commanded by Vice-Admiral McCain attack Japanese ships in the Luzon area and the airfields on the island, destroying many aircraft on the ground.
Leyte
Fighting Continues. The Americans are forced to give a little ground on Kilay ridge under extremely heavy fire by the Japanese.

Burma
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nov20/1940
The Hungarian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister ( Count Teleki and Count Csaky) sign a protocol in Vienna binding Hungary to the German-Japanese-Italian Tripartite Pact.

Nov20/1941
Eastern Front
Southern Sector:
after an unsuccesful attempt at a flanking movement, the Germans capture Rostov-on-Don by a bloody frontal attack.

In the northern sector, there is a stalemate before Leningrad, but cold and hunger are claiming more and more victims among the population. rations are reduced for the fifth time since the German siege began; workers and special personnel are now issued with 8-3/4 OZ of bread per day, with other foodstuffs bringing the daily ration up to 1667 calories; children get a ration of 664 calories, and old persons and others not engaged in productive activities, 466 calories.
North Africa
The British move the XXII Armored Brigade from Bir el Gubi to Gabr Saleh to meet the threat from the Germans.
* The Japanese envoy extraordinary to Washington, Kurusu, with Ambassador Nomura, puts forward his government's final proposals for the resolution of the crisis of relations between Japan and the USA.
* Dismissal of General Weygand as Delegate General of Vichy France in North Africa because of his non-co-operation with Germans.

Nov20/1942
Eastern Front
While fighting rages in and north of Stalingrad, a new large-scale attack by the Russians gets under way from Beketovka and Plodovitoye, south of the city. Three armies are engaged, the 64th,57th and 51st, with several armoured and mechanized corps. The Russian forces are subdivided into the 'Don' group, attacking from the north and 'Volga', attacking from the south-east.

North Africa
In Lybia, the 8th Army takes Bengahzi. Rommel continues his withdrawal westwards. In Tunisia, renewed German pressure forces the French XIX Corps to retire some 16 km's in the area of Medjez el Bab.
Guadalcanal
Japanese attacks in the Cruz Point sectore. The Americans retire, but later recover the lost ground by artillery and air action.

New Guinea
The Australians succeed in entering Gona, but are driven out again by a Japanese counterattack after sunset. However, the Japanese are dislodged from Soputa and withdraw as far as Cape Killerton, where they put up a firm resistance.
*Laval broadcasts on the necessity of collaborating more closely with Germany.

Nov20/1943
Pacific
Start of Operation Galvanic, alas attacking the Tarrawa and Makin atoll.
0507: Tarrawa
TF 53 of 2nd Marine Rgt and a battalion of 8th Auxilary arrive at the South-west point of Betio island, the place where enemy resistance is the strongest. Naval bombardment begins. With seemingly tremanduos effect
0542:
The ships cease fire according to plans, expecting friendly aircraft, which never arrive. Thiss allows the defenders to reopen fire into the stranded lead elements with 203mm and 140mm guns.
The landing is put back from 0830 to 0900, since it is not until 0630 that the bombers arrive.
0825:
The first waves of the landing party take of with Laning Craft and Duck's.
They have to cover !10 miles! before they reach the shore. They must cross the coral reef and than the enemy obstacles. The water is very shallow so many Landing craft are stranded but the Duck's can carry on.
Just as the amphibious vehicles are reaching the shores, the Japanese open up with every gun they've got. The fire is murderous and the attacking force takes massive casualties. The few who reach the anti-landing obsticles are mown down by fire from automatics. The second wave manages to reach the Coral reef in their LC, and from there they move with the Amphibians towards the shore where bloody hand-to hand fighting is going on. The Shermans that supposed to support the troops reach the Reef in their LC's, but few manage to cross the Lagoon. The fighting for a beachhead rages all day.
The Marines dig-in for the night on the tiny beachead they captured, preparing for a typical Japanses night attack, which never comes.


Things go much smoother at Makin Attol.
The landing begins as scheduled at 0830, in a few hours a beachhead is established on the main Island Butaritari. The smalle islets of Kotabu is captrued without opposition.
Solomon Islands
Bougainville:
The 3rd Marine Div. extends its positions near the Piva after overcoming the last enemy resistance. The 37th Division broadens the defensive perimeter of the beachhead without coming in contact with the enemy.
Italian Front
In the eastern sector, where the 8th Army is operating, the 36th Brigade of the 78th Division succeeds in crossing the river Sangro. The crossing is made in torrential rain, which turns the ground into a quagmire and slows the operation down. The units that have crossed the river are cut off.

Nov20/1944
Western Front
The British 2nd Army pushes on towards the Maas with the 49th and 51st Divisions.
In the US 9th Army sector, the 29th Div., XIX Corps, launches two attacks againts Aldenhoven and capture it.
In the streets of Metz the 95th and 5th Divisions continue the battle with the German rearguards. The 80th division reaches the Nied at Falquemont and establishes a bridgehead on the north bank.
in the US 7th Army sectore, the 3rd Division VI Corps crosses the Meurthe in the area of Clairfonaine-St.-Michel, capturing a large bridgehad taking in the villages of La Paire, Hurbache and La Voivre.
The 100th division opens an offensive eastwards from the Raon-l'Etape area. During the night the 103rd Div. croses the Meurthe in the 3rd Div.'s area and advances towards St.Die.
The 2nd Morrocan Div. and units of the 5th Armor enter Belfort, where fighting continues for several days. The divisions of the II Corps, the 3rd Algerian and the 1st, also advance. Some units of the French 1st Armored Div. reach the suburbs of Mulhouse.
Italian Front
The 46th Division of V corps takes Castiglione.
Albania
The Germans evacuate Tirana.
Phillipines: Leyte
The American thrust towards Ormoc is solidly contained by the Japanese.
Burma-China
On the Salween front, troops of the Chinese 11th Army Group take Manshih, where the airfield is immediatly re-activated
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I've created a monster....
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its only going to be 366 post at the most!

Nov21/1939
The British cruiser Belfats is severly damaged by a magnetic mine.

Nov21/1940
Greek-Albanian front
Major Greek successes reported on a broad front. Greeks enter Koritsa, capturing 2000 men, 135 guns, and 600 machineguns.
*Heavy RAF attacks on Lybian bases of Benghazi, Berka, and Benina continue.

Nov21/1941
Eastern Front
In the southern sector I Panzergruppe completes the occupation of Rostov, and the 17th Army spreads out over the industrial and mineral area of the Donetz basin.
North Africa
As the British VII Armored Brigade, starting from Gabr Saleh, approaches Tobruk, it is attacked by Rommel's armour and loses 113 of its 141 tanks.

Italian East Africa
The Italian garrison of Culquaber, near Gondar, comanded by Colonel Augusto Ugolini, surrenders to the British.

Nov21/1942
Eastern Front
North-west of Kletskaya the Rumanian 3rd Army is giving way to the assaults of the Russian 5th Tank Army. Fighting continues on the whole front. To the south, the Russians advance towards the Don; the 64th Army carry out a turning movement and threaten to cut off the Germans in Stalingrad. The armor, that opened the Serafimovich offensive, now advances on Golubaya and Kalach. Hitler rejects, a proposal by von paulus to retreat to the Don.
North Africa
In Lybia British and American aircraft carry out a heavy raid on the harbour at Tripoli. No major operations in Tunisia, where both the Allies and Axis are re-organizing.
Guadalcanal
The Americans succeed in driving the Japanese out of Cruz Point, but make no further progress.
New Guinea
The Australian 16th Brigade, reinforced by the American 126th Regiment, make slight and very costly progress towards Sanananda. Units of the American 32nd Division move from Dobodura towards Buna, but are held up by the Japanese, whose positions in the area called 'The Triangle' are well fortified, and whose defence is helped by the marshy nature of the ground.

Nov21/1943
Gilbert Islands
At Dawn, with new waves of Marines approaching the Betio beaches in tarawa, all hell breaks loose again. Vice-Admiral Spruance, CO of the operation, has heard reports from several unit commanders during the night. Some of them have suggested that the operation be called off and the forces re-embarked, but in view of the great strategic importance of the objective, Spruance is determined to proceed.
American Carrier-borne aircraft give effective support to the troops on the island, who are able to deploy field guns and shell the Japanese positions all day and to make a little progress. During the day small American units land on the other Islets in the Tarawa atoll.


On Makin atoll, again with support from aircraft, artillery and naval guns, the 165th Infantry launch an assault on Butaritari Island and seize several Japanese fortified positions. Small units land on the islet of Kuma, carry out reconnaissance, and withdraw.

Nov21/1944
Western Europe
The 49th and 51st Division advance swiftly towards Venlo. The American 84th Division fails in its attempt to capture the villages Mullendorf,Wurm and Beeck. In the US 9th Army sector the XIX Corps starts the final phase on the river Rur. Units of the 10th Armored Div. open an offensive towards Saarbourg with TF Standish and Chamberlain. on the left and right flanks respectively.Their attack is halted by the Germans.
In the XII Corps sector, the 80th Div. widens its bridgehead over the Nied, making contact with the units of the XX Corps. the 104Rgt/26th ID takes Albestroff. US 7th Army command orders the attack to capture Strasbourg (XV and VI Corps)

Italian Front
The Polish 3rd Division opens up an offensive south of Faenza, taking Monte Fortino and pushing North.
Phillipines: Leyte
While the troops of the US X Corps are held up in the Ormoc valley, the 7th Infantry, XXIV Corps, begins a slow advance from Baybay, on the south-west coast, towards Ormoc.
Pacific
NW of Formosa, the US Sub 'Sealion' sinks the Japanese Battleship Kongo and the destroyer Urakaze.
US Cruisers nad destroyers shell the air base of the Japanese navy in the Matsuwa Island, in the Kurils.
China
General Wedemeyer suggests to Chian-Kai-Shek that he should concentrate the Chinese forces in the SW of the area of Kunming, capital of Yunnan, to confront the threat of Japanese threa to the Generalissimo's capital.
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Nov22/1939
Towards evening a German aeroplane is seen to drop unidentified objects by parachute into the sea near Shoeburyness on the Essex coast. The military authorities are warned at once and send two officers of the Royal Engineers, who, when the tide goes out that night, are able to ID the objects as submerged magnetic mines- a secret weapon which the Germans have sown in the entrances to the estuaries and the approaches to British ports. The devices are defused and taken to an ordanance depot with a view to working out countermeasures. During September and October German magnetic mines have destroyed 56,000 tons of Shipping.

Nov22/1940
Italian communique admints the fall of Koritsa

Nov22/1941
North Africa
Heavy fighting between the South African 5th Division and the 21st Panzer Division near Sidi Rezegh, with large losses on both sides.
Atlantic
HMS Devonshire sinks the German raider Atlantis in the south Atlantic

Nov 22/1942
Eastern Front
The two branches of the Soviet pincer close at Kalach, trapping the German 6th army and part of the 4th Panzer Army, besides some smaller formations- 250,000 crack troops, 100 tanks, 1800 guns and over 10 000 vehicles.
North Africa
Thrusts by strong British columns in the Agedabia area, in Lybia, are temporarily checked by the enemy. In Tunisia the 36th Brigade and the British 78th Division repel a German attack at Djebel Abiod.
Guadalcanal
Unsuccesful attacks by the Americans againts Japanese positions west of the Lunga perimeter.
New Guinea
While the Australian 25th Brigade pushes on in the direction of Gona, the US 126th Rgt. attacks in the Sanananda sector.
Other American units advancing from Soputa cross to the east bank of the river Girua on pontoon bridges.

Nov22/1943
Gilbert Islands
Tarawa
Bloody and savage fightin continues on Betio Island, bunker to bunker, crater to crater. The Japanese have to be all killed before any progress can be made. The marines notice somewhat that the Japanese reistance is diminishing. In fact they are running out of ammunition and the commander (Rea-Admiral Shibasaki) is cut-off, not being able to communicate with the troops. In the evening the Marines receive reinforcements, and later in the night a savage Japanese counter-attack occurs.
On Makin Atoll things go better. As usual the fire support for the Americans is impressive. The last centers of Japanese resistance on the main island, Butaritari, is wiped out by the evening. The last remaining Japanese defenders launch a "all-or-nothing" counter-attack at night. They are virtually wiped out.
New Guinea
The Aussie 9th Division is still engaged in the operation for the capture of the Japanese strongpoint of Sattelberg, north of Finschafen.
Italian Front
5 battalions of the British 78th Division have secured possesion of a broad bridgehead on the north bank of the river Sangro. The swollen river washes their Bailey bridges away, but the Germans do not take advantage of this.
*First Cairo Conference opens.
*Germany. At night, hundreds of British and Canadian Lancasters, Stirlings, Halifaxes make heaviest raid of the war on Berlin. 2300 tons of bombs dropped in 30 minutes. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is completly destroyed.
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Nov23/1939
The British merchant cruiser Rawalpindi, on patrol between Iceland and the Faroe Islands, is sunk by the battlecruiser Scharnhorst, which with her twin, the Gneisenau, had gone into the Atlantic to attack the British convoys. The loss of the Rawalpindi is not without compensation, for the two German vessels are forced to abandon their mission and return to base, finding a way through the great number of enemy units sent out to intercept them in the North Sea. British and French ships engaged in the hunt include 15 cruisers and the battleship Warspite.


Nov23/1940
Rumania also signs the Tripartite pact

Nov23/1941
Eastern Front
On the Moscow front the units designated to cross the Moscow-Volga canal capture Klin,Solnechnogorsk and Istra, the last-named only some 30 miles from the capital, to the North-West.

North Africa
Engagements between British and German forces take place in the whole of the area between Bir el Gubi and Sidi Rezegh.
*With consent of the Dutch government in exile in london, US forces occupy Surinam to protect the strategically vital Bauxite mines.


Nov23/1942
For a day now, the German forces in Stalingrad are encircled. 5 of the Rumanian division, part of the 3rd Army, surrounded by units of the Soviet 5th Tank Army and 21st Army south of Serafimovich, surrender. The German forces trapped in Stalingrad are attacked in the back by the 65th and 64th Armies. Commander of Army Group B, von Weichs, orders von Paulus (CO of 6th Army) to break out of the encircled city before the Russians are able to solidify their gains and bring in new units. But Hitler has taken personal control of the Army, thus that order was not carried out. Herman Goering assured von Paulus that he will fly in daily 700 tons of supplies, which never materialized.
Hitler also orders the encircled forces to turn Stalingrad into "Festung Stalingrad".
Meanwhile Russian command is deciding, wheter to keep pushing west to isolate Stalingrad better, or to take immediate steps in destroying the pocked. The command decided to stay with the latter choice, assuming that the Germans have about 90,000 men in the pocket. In truth they were totally wrong, the expected recapture of Stalingrad within a few days will turn into weeks, because the true number of Germans in Stalingrad is around 300,000. This Russian "miscalculation" allowed the Germans to evacuate the Caucasus.
North Africa
In Lybia the retreating Axis forces, taken in the flank by the 7th Armored Division of the British X Corps, withdraw from Agedebia to Al Agheila, where Rommel hopes he can hold up the enemy advance.
Algeria
The Allied general headquarters is transfered from Gibraltar to Algiers. In Tunisia, British and French commands determine their respective spheres of command: all troops north of a line from Le Kef to Zaghouan will be under British command, those south of the line under French command.
West Africa
In Senegal, Dakar is occupied by the Allies withouth bloodshed.

Guadalcanal
After Intensive artillery preparation the US 164th Inf Rgt. goes into action west of the perimeter, in the area of Cruz Point, but fails to overcome Japanese resistance. American losses in this sector have been heavy, and are heavy again in this attack. The offensive is called off until reinforcements can be brought up.
New Guinea
The Australian 25th Brigade has regrouped and attacks the enemy positions at Gona, but makes little headway againts firm resistance. A US battalion continues to move towards Sanananda. A battery of fieldguns is airlifted to the airport at Popondetta, already funcitioning, and goes into action in Soputa sector. Attacks againts Japanese fortifications in the 'Triangle' fail completly.

Nov23/1943
Gilbert Islands
Tarawa and Makin Atolls finally fall to the Americans, the defenders' ammunition is exhausted, their forces almost exterminated. During the battle Japanes aircraft based on Nauru have attacked the American invasion fleet with great courage, suffering heavy losses and achieving very small results, except for torpedo damage to the aircraft carrier Independence.
During the capture of Makin the Americans have lost only 64 dead and 154 wounded, The Japanese about 450 dead and 105 prisoners. On Tarawa the American losses are much greater, about 3500 killed and wounded; the Japanese have lost about 5000 killed, while 17 wounded have been captured and 129 Koreans have surrendered.
Bougainville
The 3rd Marine Division still faces determined resistance by the Japanese in the river Piva area. The 1st Parachute Battalion of the Marines reaches the Island.
Burma
The Japanese overrun the Chinese 112th Regiment and capture their HQ.
*Germany. Berlin again attacked in force in huge night raid.

Nov23/1944
Western Europe
General Student (CO of Army Group H) withdraws the 15th Army into central Holland.
The advance of the XIX Corps towards Merzenhausen and Bourheim provokes instant reaction by the divisions of the German 7th Army, whose counterattack continues for 3 days.
In the US 3rd Army sector, both the 90th Division and the 6th Armor are preparing to advance againts the Saar.
The armor of the French 2nd Division enters Strasbourg. The 3rd Division of the VI Corps reaches Saulxures and Saales and, supported by the 100th Division, attacks St Blaise.
Eastern Front
In Hungary the railway center of Csap is finally captured by the Russians after severl weeks of exceptionally bitter fighting. In the northern sector, the forces of the Leningrad front overtake the last German resistance on Saaremaa Island, so gaining control of the Gulf of Riga.
Phillipines Leyte
The Americans consolidate their position south of Limon
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Nov24/1939
All is quiet in the world

Nov25/1939
All is quiet in the world
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Nov24/1940
Bristol suffers heavy night raid
*Italian air raids on the naval base at Alexandria.

Nov25/1940
All is quiet in the world
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Nov24/1941
North Africa
German forces in Lybia receive air reinforcements. General Auchinleck arrives at Lybian Battle headquarters.

Nov25/1941
North Africa
Off Sollum the German Submarine U-331, commanded by Leutnant von Tiesenhausen, sinks the British battleship Barham with 4 torpedos. Loss of 868 men.





Pacific
American ships off Formosa (Taiwan) sight a Japanese military convoy presumably en route for Malaya.
* On the 5th anniversary of its drafting, the Anti-Comintern Pact is renewed in Berlin; the signatories are Germany,Italy,Japan,Hungary,Manchuko,Spain and now also Bulgaria,Croatia,Denmark,Finland,Rumania,Slovakia and the puppet chinese government at Nanking
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Nov24/1942
Eastern Front
In the Stalingrad sector the Russians exploit their breakthrough. And in the central sector they launch local offensives near Velikiye Luki and Rzhev.
North Africa
In Lybia, Rommel has reached El Agheila. All he has left is 35 tanks and the tattered remnants of two divisions. Yet Montgomery, now at Agedabia, less than 62 miles away, takes time to reorganize the 8th Army and resume the offensive. By 13 December, when the decision to attack finally comes, Rommel will already have slipped away brilliantly. Even the 8th Army GHQ admits 'The enemy has escaped with a clever withdrawal.'
Tunisia
The British 1st Army is ordered to advance on Tunis, with Tebourba and Mateur as their first objectives. Some American armored units have crossed into Tunisia.
New Guinea
The Japanese drive off attacks againts Gona by the Australian 25th Brigade. Units of the US 32nd Division push on towards Sanananda. A co-ordinated attack is launched in the afternoon againts the 'Triangle' after a brief preparation by aircraft and mortars, but the Japanese repulse it easily. Little action in the other areas of the Island.




Solomon Islands
The Japanese land special units at Munda in New Georgia, west of Guadalcanal, where they intend to construct airfields. Notwithstanding the close patrolling activities of the American navy the Japanese manage to bring supplies to Guadalcanal by sea. Fast destroyers operating at night drop floating drums tied together with cord, near the coast, and infantry picks them up in boats or by swiming to them.

Nov25/1942
Tunisia
The 36th Brigade of the British 1st Army advances north of Djebel Abiod in the direction of Mateur. In the center, other British troops penetrate the enmy positions between Mateur and Tebourba. A contingent of the American 1st Armored Division carries out a raid on the airport at Djedeida, 5 miles from tebourba, destroying 30 enemy aircraft on the ground. The British 78th Division retakes Medjez el Bab.
Guadalcanal
An American destroyer surprises and shells a group of 40 Japanese motorized lighters at tassafaronga. Enemy movements are reported on the islands of New Georgia and Santa Isabel.
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Nov24/1943
Gilbert Islands
A Japanese Submarine torpedoes and sinks the American escort carrier Liscome Bay off Makin Atoll. The 700 dead must be added to the price paid for the capture of Tarawa and Makin.
New Britain
During the night near Cape St. George, 5 Japanes destroyers en route for Buka Island with reinforcements and materials are intercepted by 5 Allied destroyers. In the course of the battle the Japanese lose 3 destroyers; the Allies suffer no damage. This is the last of the night battles that have characterized the Solomons campaign.
Bougainville
In the river Piva sector the Marines drive off a Japanese attack. Work on the construcion of a runway is almost finished, and an aircraft manages to make an emergency landing there.
Eastern Front
German communique announces that their troops have advanced in the Korosten area.
Italian front
The HQ of the US 5th Army draws up the final plan of attack, the first phase of which is to be launched about 2 December. This phase is to consist of the capture of Calabritto. The second and third phases comprise the taking of Monte Sammucro and an attack on the Liri Valley.

Nov25/1943
Eastern Front
In a new offensive in the central sector the Russian Armies succeed in breakin through the German lines on a broad front in the area of Propoisk, north of Gomel, reaching the Gomel-Mogilev road and threatening to surround enormous enemy forces.
Italian Front
Allied Supreme Command approves the plan for Operation Shingle, a landing at Anzio on the west coast behind the enemy's Gustav line.
The HQ of the French Expeditionary Force, which is to be attached to the US 5th Army, arrives in Italy from Africa.
New Guinea
The Australian 9th Division finally concludes its long series of attacks by taking the Japanese strongpoints of Sattelberg, north of Finschafen.
Burma
Allied aircraft begin a series of co-ordinated attacks againts Japanese installations in the Rangoon area.
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Nov24/1944
Western Front
In the US 3rd Army sector, units of the 90th Division continue their assault on the Orscholz line, while further south units of the 35th Division, supported by tanks and by an intensive air bombardment, capture Hilsprich. Units of the 4th Armor cross the river Saar in the XV Corps sector near Romelfing and Gosselming and then turn N.E. The I an II Corps, French 1st Army, are ordered to converge on Burnhaupt as quickly as possible to force the German troops in the region to withdraw into Alsace.
Phillipines: Leyte
In the north, a Japanese counterattack on Kilay Ridge is repulsed. The Japanese also mount night counterattacks in the east and south, in the XXIV Corps sector, notably south of Ormoc.
China
In south China the Japanese take Nanning. From there it will be easy for them to link up with their forces manning french Indo-China.
*Japan. 111 B-29 "Superfortresses" from bases in the Marianas raid Tokyo, the start of a long series of raids.

Nov25/1944
Eastern Front
German and Hungarian troops repel Russian attempts to take Csepel Island ( an island between two branches of the Danube just south of Budapest)
Phillipines: Leyte
North of Ormoc, the Japanese renew their counterattacks on Kilay Ridge. They also counterattack east of ormoc, in the central mountains, in the US XXIV Corps sector. The US forces contain their thrusts. The US 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment starts om a difficult mountain march west of Burauen, towards Ormoc; their immediate objective is Mahonag, 10 miles from Burauen.
Luzon
2 squadrons of US aircraft carriers commanded by Rear-Admiral Bogan and Sherman attack airfields in the centre of Luzon and enemy ships in the waters round the island, sinking the cruisers Kumano and Yasoshima.
After the naval defeat suffered in the Gulf of Leyte, it seems that the task of completing Operation Sho-go has been taken over by the Japanese airforce in the absence of the navy. Every aircraft available is sent againts the Americans; many of them are flown by Kamikaze in daytime attacks on the US ships off Luzon. Damage is caused to the aircraft carriers Essex, Intrepid and Hancock and the light carrier Cabot. Another light carrier, the Independence, is damaged when an American aircraft explodes as it is coming in to land.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4Zwyht2JkE
Burma
General Kimura, commander of the Japanese armed forces in Burma, orders the units that have been pinning the British 36th Division in the Pinwe area, along Myitkyina-Mandalay railway, to withdraw towards central Burma.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nov26/1939
USSR demands the withdrawal of Finnish troops from the border.

Nov27/1939
All is quiet in the world
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Nov26/1940
RAF carries out heavy night raid on Cologne

Nov27/1940
Further heavy night raids over Cologne
*One Italian cruiser and two destroyers damaged in action near Sardinia.
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Nov26/1941
North Africa
Maj-Gen. Ritchie replaces Gen. Cunningham as commander of the 8th Army
* In Washington the Americans put before Kurusu, the emissary from Tokyo, their requirements to solve the crisis. These are: abandonement by the Japanese of the territory they occupy in China and Indo-China, an end to the recognition of the Nanking governent and withdrawal from the alliance with the 'Axis'. Clearly these demands cannot be met. But in any case the Japanese fleet has already, in complete secrecy, left its home ports to concentrate at the point laid down in the Imperial Staff's plans.

Nov27/1941
Eastern Front
In the southern sector the Soviet 37th Army and part of the 2nd Army launch a counter-attack towards Rostov and the Crimea.
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Nov26/1942
Eastern Front
Russians make important advances in the NW Stalingrad sector and in the area of the Don bend.
Tunisia
Armored engagements south of Mateur.
New Guinea
At Gona the Australians and Japanese face each other without either side taking the initiative. The American 32nd Division tries again to capture Sanananda by frontal and flanking attacks, but without success, gaining only a few hundred yards. The allies get to within 700 yards of the Killerton track and capture a supply depot, stubbornly defended by the Japanese. A powerful attack prefaced by long air and artillery bombardment is launched on the west flank of the 'Triangle', where the Japanese defenses are least strong. The enemy shelters in bunkers during the bombardement and emerges to repel the attack with no great difficulties. The 127th Inf. Rgt. of the 32nd Division reaches Port Moresby from Australia.

Nov27/1942
Tunisia
The British 78th Division takes Tebourba, 22 miles from Tunis, but is driven out again by the Germans, supported by Panzers and Stukas. The bulk of the American 1st Armored Division is transferred from the Oran sector to the British 1st Army.
*Toulon. At Dawn the SS take over the Naval Base. The commander of the French Fleet, Admiral Jean de Laborde, gives orders for the ships to be scutled. Two battleships, one battle-cruiser, seven cruisers, one aircraft transport, 29 destroyers, two submarines and other minor craft are lost. 4 submarines are able to put to sea and reach freedom.
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Nov26/1943
Eastern Front
The Russians capture Gomel.
Gilbert Islands
American units land on the atoll of Abemama and begin to fortify it.
*Germany. 663 bombers of the US 8th Air Force attack Bremen

Nov27/1943
Italian Front
The British 4th Armored Brigade succeeds in making a crossing to the north bank of the river Sangro with 100 tanks.
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Nov26/1944
Western Front
Port of Antwerp is opened. Germany begins attacks on the port with V1 and V2 rockets.
In the US 1st Army sector the 104th Division passes through Weiseweiler, about 6 miles north of Aachen and takes Frenz. The 4th Division consolidates its positions in the Hurtgen Wald.
In the southern sector (US 3rd Army) the units of the XX Corps continue to advance N.E.; on the right flank the 95th Division penetrated into the Maginot Line. The 3rd Division of the American VI Corps crosses the Vosges and emerges into the flat country in Alsace.
Italian Front
Persistent rain seriously delays operations in the Lamone sector.
Eastern Front
Troops of the 2nd Ukrainian front take Hatvan, in Hungary, N.E. of the capital. Budapest is already threatened from the south.
Phillipines: Leyte
The Japanese launch violent night attacks on various sectors of the front, contained by the Americans largely by the employement of artillery. Over 400 Japanese bodies are counted next morning on a ridge west of Burauen, where the Japanese 26th Division is deployed.

Nov27/1944
Western Front
Units of 2nd Armor complete mopping up in the Merzenhausen sector, while the 29th Division completes the same operation towards the river Rur. In the US 3rd Army sector, the 10th Armored Division breaks off its action in the direction of Saarburg in order to dislodge the German forces that had infiltrated into Tettingen. The 95th Division makes progress and patrols from the 377th Regiment come within a mile or two of the German frontier. The 80th Division, enters St. Avold on the Metz-Saarbrucken road.
Pacific: Palau Islands
After months of warfare and guerilla war, hostilities finally end on Peleliu. Some 13600 Japanese have lost their lives defending the islands - Peleliu, Anguar and the surrounding islets. The Americans of the 81st Infantry Division and the 1st Marines have lost 1792 killed and over 8000 wounded.
Phillipines: Leyte
The Americans counterattack all along the line. The Japanese are also preparing a powerful offensive with the object of recapturing the airfield in the area of Burauen, in the center of the island. Japanese suicide aircraft attack American naval forces in the Gulf of Leyte, damaging the battleship Colorado, and the light cruisers St Louis and Monpelier.
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Nov28/1939
Protesting violently thet Russian troops in Leningrad sector have been fired on by the Finns, the Soviet government renounces the non-agression treaty signed between the 2 countries in 1932. Helsinki of course denies that anything of the kind has occured, but the Russians blow it up into their Casus Belli

Nov29/1939
The Soviet Unionbreaks off diplomatic relations with Finland, ignoring the Finn's last minute offer to withdraw their border troops unilaterally.
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Nov28/1940
Further Greek successes reported.
*Liverpool attacked by large numbers of German bombers.



Nov29/1940
Greek-Albanian front
Greeks make more advances after heavy fighting.
*UK Civilian casualties in November: 4,588 killed, 6,202 injured.
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Nov28/1941
North Africa
The defenders of Tobruk break out and join up with the forces of the 8th Army.
Italian East Africa
General Guglielmo Nasi, commanding the Italian garrison of Gondar, asks the British for surrender terms.

Nov29/1941
Eastern Front
While the Russians dispute every yard of the German advance on Moscow, in the south they recapture Taganrog and Rostov with a violent counter-offensive, threatening to surround the enemy forces. Von Rundstedt is forced to order his troops to retire behind the line of the river Mius.
Italian East Africa
The remaining Italians in Gondar lay down their arms. Italian East Africa no longer exists.

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Nov28/1942
Eastern Front
The tragedy of Stalingrad unfolds. Von Manstein, unknown to Hitler and in direct contradicition of the Fuhrer's plans, works out Operation Winter Storm, aimed at breaking the Russian encirclement and relieving the 6th Army.
Russians announce that they have launched an offensive on the central front.
Tunisia
The 11th Brigade of the British 78th Division and armored units of the US 1st Armored Division reach the outskirts of Djedeida, 14 miles from Tunis. This is as close the Allies get to Tunis before the final phase of the campaign. To the south the Germans evacuate Pont du Fahs, 35 miles south-east of Tunis. 2 British regiments are in danger of beign surrounded south of Djedeida as the result of a brilliant turning movement by German armoured groups from St Cyprien towards Tebourba.

Pacific
Admiral William F. Halsey takes command of Task Force 67 from Rea-Admiral Kinkaid. TF 67 patrols the waters between Savo and Guadalcanal to prevent Japanese supplie transports to get through. The Japanese, who have lost their air and naval superiority in this sector, are trying to set up firm positions on the islands of New Georgia and Santa Isabel as jumping-off places for Guadalcanal.

*French Somaliland. A third of the garrison of Djibouti, until now loyal to the Vichy government, crosses into British Somaliland and adheres to the Allied cause.

Nov29/1942
Eastern Front
The Russians continue to gain ground in the Stalingrad sector, and von Manstein begins to see the danger into which his own army is falling. Fightin flares up again in the Caucasus, where the Russians begin a series of attacks in the Terek sector.
Tunisia
The 11th Brigade of the 78th Division is held up at Djedeida by firm German resistance. Two battalions of the British 1st Parachute Brigade are dropped at Depienne, 16 km's northeast of Pont du Fahs, with the task of capturing Oudna airport, but they are repulsed and forced to retreat.
Guadalcanal
Three incomplete battalions of infantry and Marines and another contingent of Seabees are landed in the Koli Point area, where the Americans want to build a new airfield. The Americans examine the possibility of withdrawing the Marines from Guadalcanal and giving operational responibility to the army; more and more army units have reached the island in the last month or so. General Alexander M. Patch would succeed General Vandegrift, who has directed operations up to now.
New Guinea
Allied bombers intercept 4 Japanese destroyers in the Vitiaz Strait and attack, forcing them to change course. The 4 ships were transporting reinforcements from Rabaul, New Britain to the Gona beachhead. Japanese troops who have withdranw towards positions north of Gona along the west bank of the river Kumusi reach Giruwa on board a lighter.
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Nov28/1943
Eastern Front
Army Group South (von Manstein) surrounds huge Russian forces in the Korosten area, northwest of Kiev, inflicting heavy losses on them.
Italian Front
At 2130, in the eastern sector of the front, the British V Corps launches its offensive againts the Sangro line. During the night the 8th Indian Division reaches Mozzagrogna, north of the river, againts effective opposition by the German 65th Inf. Div. The New Zealan 2nd Division also begins to cross the Sangro.

*Roosevelt and Churchill meet Stalin at Teheran. The conference begins.

Nov29/1943
Italian Front
The US VI Corps begins a limited operation on its right flank.
In the eastern sector the british 4th Armored Brigade (VCorps), with effective air support, begins the attack on the hills north of the Sangro.
New Guinea
The Australians pursue the enemy along the coast of the Huon peninsula, taking Bonga, once an important Japanese supply base, and Guiska.
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Nov28/1944
Western Front
While the advance of the VII and V Corps continues in the Inden river and Hurtgen forest sectors, units of the 95th Division cross the German frontier. The 101st Division is dispatched to Burbach to reinforce the 4th Armored Division east of the river Saar, about to advance towards the Saar-Union sector.
The French 2nd Armor reaches the Erstein sector, about 15 kilometers southwest of Strasbourg, where the stuborn resistance of the German 19th Army brings it to a halt.
Italian Front
The British XIII Corps, US 5th Army, reaches Casola Valsenio. In the British 8th Army sector, bad weather hinders the operations of the V Corps. The Canadian I Corps prepares to attack along the Adriatic coast.
Pacific
Vice-Admiral Kinkaid issues the operational plan for the laning on Mindoro, the islan in the Phillipines south of Luzon. Rea-Admiral Struble will be in charge of the amphibious part of the operations.
Phillipines: Leyte
At night the Japanese attack in force to recapture Kilay Ridge, in the US X Corps sector. They succeed in taking some ground and in cutting off some American units. The US 12th Cavalry Regiment advances very slowly in the area of Mount Badian, about 8 km's northeast of the town of Kananga. As expected, the Japanese also attack towards Buri and Bayug airfields, but are held by the troops of the US XXIV Corps.
China
The Japanese 11th Army, acting on its own initiative and againts orders, pushes northwards from Nanning in the province of Kwangsi.
Burma
The Chinese 38th Division puts pressure on the northern defences of the town of Bhamo but is not able to breach them.

Nov29/1944
Western Front
The advance of the XII Corps of the US 9th Army in the direction of the Rur begins. No change in the VII Corps sector. In the US 3rd Army sector the 90th and 95th Divisions launch a joint offensive againts the river Saar. Some patrols from the 90th manage to reach the river, but the 95th Division runs into fierce resistance at Saarlautern.
Italian Front
While the XIII Corps (US 5th Army) reaches Fontanelice, in the eastern sector of the front the 7th Armored Division (Brit 8th Army) leaves Reanati to join the V Corps in readiness for the coming offensive.
Eastern Front
In Hungary, the 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian Fronts, supported by Yugoslav units, advance southwest of Budapest, north of the Drava, driving the German and Hungarian unit out of Pecs. Mohacs is also taken.
In Albania the Germans evacuate Scutari. The troops moved from this area are eventually (dec18) able to link up with the German Army Gourp E, which is fighting to hold open a withdawal route.
Following the evacuation from Albania and Serbia, and later Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Germans dig in on a line from Mostar to Visegrad to the river Drina. As the Russians invade Hungary, this line has to be extended along the Drava. After a retreat lasting 4 and a half months and covering 1600 kilometers withouth suffering catastrophic losses, despite fierce battles fought with partisans, the souther front is again stabilized, albeit temporarily, on 13 January 1945.
Pacific
Japanese kamikaze again attack American shipping in the Gulf of Leyte, seriously damaging the battleship MAryland and two destroyers. Againts this, the US submarine Archerfish, sinks the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano south of the Japanese island of Honshu.
Phillipines: Leyte
Japanese attacks continue on Kilay Ridge, but the Americans repulse them and free the cut off the previous day.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

argh! doesnt' my PC crashes while I am about to post!!

I'll try again tomorrow with the dates, haha
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Nov30/1939
Finland
The Soviet Army invades Finland, concentrating the assault on the Karelian isthmus. Helsinki is bombed. However, the Finns stand up well to the inital assault of an enemy greatly superior to them in numbers and equipment, since the Russians, underestimating their little neighbour's capacity to resist, deploy only the major components of the Leningrad military district.

Forces in the Field
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War

Dec1/1939
Finland
Russian attacks on the Karelian Isthmus continue.

Dec2/1939
Finland
The Soviet news agency Tass anounces that a People's Governemnt of Finland has been formed (clearly a puppet), under the presidency of Otto Kuusinen, a member of the Komintern for many years. But neither political and diplomatic developments nor military operations go in favour of the USSR. The Finns put up a desperate, determined and valiant defence. Moving along the narrow paths in the middle of the dense forests on bycicles and skis, they attack the big enemy units in the flank and inflict heavy losses as the Russians, of necessity, proceed along the main roads. The Finns attack the Russian tanks by hurling into their turrets a type of incidenary grenade which becomes world famous as the 'Molotov-Cocktail' (basically a glass bottle filled 2/3 full with gasoline, with a rag in the bottle's mouth).
Kuusinen's puppet government calls on the Finns to 'overthrow the oppressor' and welcome the 'liberators'. Meanwhile Kuusinen signs a treaty with the USSR giving the Russians all they ask for, in exchange for the whole of Soviet Karelia.
* The Admiral Graf Spee sinks the British steamer Doric Star
* The 1940 Olympic Games, which were to have been held in Finland, are cancelled.

The Karelian Isthmus on Nov30/1939. Showing the Mannerheim line (dark blue) along with the several delay positions in various shades of blue.

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November30-Decembe2/1940
Greek-Albanian front
The Greeks make further advances againts their Italian foe's after heavy fighting.
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November30/1941
Eastern Front
German pressure on Moscow takes the Panzergruppen of Hoppner and Reinhardt beyond Klin on the Moscow-Volga canal, and Guderian's group cuts the railway between Tula and Serpukhov.
German losses from June 22 to November 30/1941 are 162,000 dead, 33,334 missing, 572,000 wounded.
Malta
The island has its 1000th alert.
*Japanese Prime Minister Tojo, predictably rejects the American demands for the solution of the crisis between the two countries.
Japanese fleet is reported from British North Borneo as moving southwards.

Dec1/1941
North Africa
Rommel succeeds in restoring the siege conditions round Tobruk to those existing prior to November 28. Nevertheless the first stage of Operation Crusader ihas ended in a substantial strategic success for the British forces.
Eastern Front
Russians counterattack at Tula. Von Reichenau replaces Von Rundstedt as Commander-in-Chief of Army Group South. Von Rundstedt has resigned because Hitler tried to cancel the General's order for withdrawal from Rostov and Taganrog.
In the central sector the Germans are only 35 km's from Red Square, at the terminus of a bus terminal.
* Off the Australian coast the German auxilary cruiser 'Kormoran' sink the Australian cruiser 'Sydney'.
*State of the emergency declered in Malaya.
*Marshal Petain, head of Vichy France, meets Reichsmarschall Herman Goring at Saint-Florentin to discuss the future of Franco-German relations.

Dec2/1941
Eastern Front
Guderian, the moving spirit of the attack againts Moscow, establishes his headquarters at Yasnaya Poliana, a village 6km's south of Tula, the site of Tolstoy's house and tomb. In the south, the Russians attack Von Kleist's rearguard as the main german forces retreats to Mariupol. The Finnish government proclaims the re-annexation of the territories ceded the previous year to the USSR.
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Nov30/1942
Tunisia
The Germans and Italians have managed to land in Tunisia up to this date about 15,500 combatant troops, who without much effort are containing the offensive thrusts of the British 1st Army and the American and French divisions. The 11th Brigade of the 78th Division fights off German attacks near Djedeida.
Guadalcanal
Battle of Tassafaronga
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tassafaronga
Japanese losses
1 destroyer sunk,197 killed
US losses
1 cruiser sunk,3 cruisers heavily damaged,395 killed
New Guinea
The Australian 21st Brigade, after a period of rest and reorganization following the campaing in the Owen Stanley mountains, replaces the 25th on the Gona front.
In the Sanananda sector, turning the enemy positions, units of the 126th Rgt. of the 32nd US Inf. Div. block the Soputa-Sanananda track, but frontal attacks on Sanananda itself are unsuccesful. The Japanese 'Triangle' is still impregnable.

Dec1/1942
Tunisia
Attemptin to forestall the Allied attacks expected next day, von Armin's Germans attack towards Tebourba, a little way west of Djedeida, with infantry and panzers supported from the air. The British lose a great number of tanks and are forced to withdraw. The US 1st Armored Division is attached to the British 78th Division to hold the Germans in the Tebourba sector. Axis aircarft bomb port installations at Bone and Algiers.
Guadalcanal
The 8th Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division is withdrawn from the advance positions west of the river Matanikau, which are taken over by infantry of the US Army.
New Guinea
The Australian 21st Brigade captures Gona. The Japanese retire to Gona Mission to carry on their resistance. Elsewhere they show no sign of giving way; they press vigorously on the roadblock set up on the Soputa-Sanananda track by units of the US 32nd Division, repelling American counterattacks. Allied attacks on Buna and Cape Esperance are unsuccesful.
Burma
After a period of rest and reorganization the Japanese man a frontline Tengchung-Myitkyina-Kamaing-Kalewa-Akyab.
The map is set later in the war, but a General idea can be made of the disposition of the frontline on December1/1942


Dec2/1942
Tunisia
The British 1st Army beats off another German attack on Tebourba, losing about 40 tanks. An American parachute regiment and two American battalions, together with French units, attack Faid Pass, 100 km's noreast of Gafsa in eastern central Tunisia.
New Guinea
The Japanese, with 4 destroyers, try to land 800 men at Basabua at dawn, but are stopped by Allied air action. However, they manage to carry out the operation near the mouth of the river Kumusi, some 20 km's north of Gona. Japanese units attack the roadblock on the Soputa-sanananda track and succeed in reducing its perimeter, but not in breaking through it. Allied attacks againts Buna collapse a little way from their objective. General Harding, commanding the 32nd Division, is relieved of his command and replaced by General Waldron. So far 15,000 Australians and 15,000 Americans, despite their complete mastery of the air, and consequently largely at sea as well, have not been able to overcome 12,000 Japanese.
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Nov30/1943
Eastern Front
The Russians anounce the withdrawal of their forces from Korosten.
Italian Front
In preparationfor the start of Operation Raincoat, units of the American 5th Army begin a series of diversionary attacks againts San Pietro and lower Garigaliano, to deceive the Germans.
In the eastern sector, the British 4th Armored Brigade and the 34th Division move towards the coast and take Fossacesia. On the left of the line the New Zealand 2nd Division is now also across the Sangro.
Pacific
General Krueger orders the setting up of a special force to invade the Arawe peninsula, on the south coast of New Britain, on 15 December, before the main landing in the Cape Gloucester area.
*The Teheran conference ends.

Dec1/1943
Italian Front
In the US 5th Army sector there is intensive air activity in advance of the attack on the Berhard line. At dusk the 139th Brigade (46th ID) begins a diversionary attack againts Calabritto, but fint it protected by obstacles and minefields. In the US VI Corps sector, too, the resistance put up by the retiring Germans is very effective.

Dec2/1943
Eastern Front
Following up their advance in the area of the lower Dniepr, the Russians cross the river Ingulech and get within 10 km's of Znamenka, southwest of Kremenchug.
Italian Front
During the night about 30 German bombers attack Bari, with outstanding results. Several ships loaded with munitions are blown up, causing huge fires, and damage to the harbour sets back operational possibilities by some 3 weeks. Allied aircraft and artillery attack the German positions in preparation for Operation Raincoat, the assault on Monte Camino.
While the attack at Calabritto fails, the British 56th Division launches its attack on Monte Camino from the south at nightfall, and II Corps moves in on Monte Camino from the northeast. In the US VI Corps sector the 45th Division pushes on towards La Bandita and the 34th towards Monte Pantano, both encounter stubborn resistance. In the east New Zealand troops of V corps capture Castelfrentano.

Operation Raincoat


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Nov30/1944
Western Front
In the Netherlands the British 2nd Army have almost taken the German bridgehead on the west bank of the Maas held by German Paratroopers.
The US XIII corps continues its advance on Linnich and the VII Corps in the Lammersdorf area. The 90th and 95th Divisions continue the battle for the Saar.
Eastern Front
The armies of the 2nd Ukraine Front, with help from the Rumanian 4th Army, capture Eger, northeast of Budapest, and push on towards Miskolc.
Phillipines:Leyte
The Americans, now on the defensive, confine themselves to holding the continual Japanese counterattacks.
Burma
The British 36th Division occupies Pinwe, which the Japanese have already evacuated.
China
Chian Kai-Shek decides to withdraw the Chinese 22nd Division from Burma and attach it to the 14th Division to strenghten the defences of Kunming, threatened by the Japanese. He promises to despatch a further 270,000 men by April 1, 1945 for a counteroffensive in southern China, but refuses to provide the Communist army with arms.

Dec1/1944
Western Front
Linnich is captured by the units of the 102nd Division. The US VII Corps is in difficulties in the Hurtgen forest.The 90th Division is engaged south of Merzig, the 95th in the direction of Saarlautern and the 5th, brought up from Metz, is preparing an attack in the Warndt salient.
In Alsace the 44th and 45th Division are engaged in severe fighting with General Wiese's 19th Army near Tieffenbach and Zinswiller.
Italian Front
The British 8th Army continues its preparations for the attack fixed for 4 December.
Eastern Front
In eastern Czhechoslovakia, troops of the 4th Ukrainian Front force the crossing of the river Ondava near Humenne and Trebisov. in Hungary, the Germans contain the attacks of the 2nd Ukrainian Front, deployed southwest of Budapest, makes further progress northeast of Pecs.
Phillipines:Leyte
The offensive capacity of the Japanese is already severly limited by the lack of supplies and ammunition. However there is still hard fighting on Kilay Ridge and on a line of hills southeast of Limon, west of Carigara.

China-burma
On the Salween front, the Chinese take Chefang.

Dec2/1944
Western Front
The Germans blow up a dyke on the lower Rhine near Arnhem, flooding the region southwest of Arnhem and forcing the Canadian II Corps to withdraw from their bridgeheads over the Waal. With the fall of Dreisbach, the US 3rd Army has completed the capture of its sector west of the Saar; during the night, the 90th Division crosses the river in the area of Dillingen and the 95th opposite Saarlautern, where there is bitter house-to-house fighting, and the 5th Division crosses the western border of the Houve forrest. General Deveres, commander of 6th Army group orders the US 7th Army to concentrate and regroup by December 5, the date for which an important attack to the north is planned. The French 1st Army is reinforced by the US 76th Division, its commanded General De Lattre de tasigny, orders his troops to converge on the Colmar pocket from north and south simoultaniously, to reach the Rhine about 10 km's southeast of Colmar.
Eastern Front
In Czechoslovakia, the 4th Ukrainian Front extends its bridgehead over the Ondava. In hungary, the 2nd Ukrainian Front attacks strong enemy fortifications in the Miskolc area, while the 3rd Ukrainian Front and formations of partisans force the Germans back on a broad front between the Danube and the Drava, south of Lake Balaton.
Phillipines: Leyte
Little activity on the ground. Groups of American destroyers shell the Japanese positions at Palompon, on the west coast of Leyte, and in Ormoc Bay. Four destroyers which entered Ormoc Bay by night are engaged by Japanese aircraft, destroyers and coast defense batteries. One American destroyer is sunk and two others are damaged, and one Japanese destroyer is sunk.
Burma
In the British XXXIII Corps sector, the 11th East African Division reaches the river Chindwin at Kalewa.
China
A Japanese column advancing on Kweiyang reaches and occupies Tu-shan.

The Americans suggest to Chiang Kaishek that he should arm three Communist regiments in Shen-si province, the first region to be administered by the Communists. The three regiments would be employed in Nationalist territory under American officers. The Generalissimo refuses.
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"To withdraw is impossible, to surrender is unthinkable!"- Battle of Varna 1444
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