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This Day in WWII 11-05-1940 - 1944


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1940: Armed merchant-cruiser Jervis Bay sunk by pocket-battleship Admiral Scheer in attack on Atlantic convoy.

1940: Roosevelt is elected as President of USA for an unprecedented third term with 54 percent of the popular vote. He defeats Republican Wendell L. Willke.

1941: Japanese war plans agreed on at an imperial conference, with a deadline of December 1941. The US ambassador to Tokyo, Joseph C Grew, warns that war might come very suddenly.

1942: The British attack Rommel’s rearguard, which is now almost 100 miles to west of El Alamein. A peace treaty is signed in Madagascar with the Vichy French.

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1943: The US Fifth Army reaches the Sangro river in southern Italy.

1943: China's Wang Chingwei, Thailand's Wan Waithayakon, Manchukuo's Chang Chinghui, Burma's Adipadi Ba Maw, India's Subhas Chandra Bose, and the Philippines Jose Laurel attend the "Greater East Asia Family Conference" of November 5-6, 1943 in Tokyo. The Filipino delegate urges the Asian quislings to "extend all possible material and spiritual support to Japan."


Japanese cruiser Chikuma under attack on 5 November 1943

1943: US Navy carrier planes cripple a Japanese Naval Squadron at Rabaul, forcing six cruisers (Atago, Maya, Chikuma, Mogami, Takao, and Suzuya) to withdraw North to Truk for repairs.

1944: 174 Lancasters of No. 5 Group, RAF, breach the Dortmund-Ems Canal, one of Germanys main transport arteries.

1944: The German 4th Army recapture the town of Goldap in East Prussia.

1944: British forces land at Salonika, in Greece.

1944: U.S. planes pound the harbor at Manila in the Philippines and also destroy 249 Japanese aircraft.

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