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Today in World War II History—November 20, 1941

US poster featuring Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want,” 1943

80 Years Ago—Nov. 20, 1941: Japanese negotiators in Washington, DC, present their final proposal—they will withdraw from Indochina in exchange for a free hand in China and relaxed trade restrictions with US. Norwegian government-in-exile in London endorses the Norwegian resistance group Milorg. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder is published. The United… Read more »

Today in World War II History—November 19, 1941

Light cruiser HMAS Sydney at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia, 10 Feb 1941 (The Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 1941, public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 19, 1941: West of Australia, German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran sinks Australian light cruiser Sydney (all 643 killed); Kormoran also sinks (85 killed). In a North Atlantic convoy, destroyer USS Leary makes the first radar contact on a hostile ship by a US warship, leading to a depth-charge attack on a German U-boat.

Today in World War II History—November 18, 1941

British Matilda tanks on the move outside the perimeter of Tobruk, 18 November 1941 (Imperial War Museum: E 6600)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 18, 1941: Operation Crusader begins as British launch offensive to relieve Tobruk, Libya. Gen. Sir Alan Brooke replaces Field Marshal John Dill as British Chief of the Imperial General Staff.

Today in World War II History—November 17, 1941

Japanese Ambassador Adm. Kichisaburo Nomura and Special Envoy Saburo Kurusu with US Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Washington DC, 17 Nov 1941 (Japanese government photo, public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 17, 1941: British commandos raid German Gen. Erwin Rommel’s headquarters near Tobruk, Libya, but Rommel is away; only two commandos escape. Japanese envoy Saburo Kurusu meets with US Secretary of State Cordell Hull in Washington, DC. Gen. Ernst Udet, German Director of Air Armament, commits suicide, the second-highest WWI ace after the… Read more »

Today in World War II History—November 15, 1941

German tanks attacking near Istra in the USSR, 25 Nov 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-B17220)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 15, 1941: Germans resume offensive on Moscow in -20 degree Celsius temperatures. First Grand National Rodeo is held in the new Cow Palace in San Francisco.

Today in World War II History—November 14, 1941

Poster for US release of Suspicion, 1941 (RKO Radio Pictures poster, public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 14, 1941: US orders withdrawal of American gunboats and Marines from China to the Philippines. Movie premiere of Hitchcock’s Suspicion, starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, who will win the Oscar for best actress.

Today in World War II History—November 13, 1941

Carrier HMS Ark Royal being evacuated, 13 Nov 1941 (Imperial War Museum: 4700-01 A 6332)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 13, 1941: Hitler orders German Navy to refrain from attacking US ships except in self-defense. Near Gibraltar, German U-boat U-81 damages British carrier HMS Ark Royal, which sinks the next day (1 killed, 70 planes lost).

Today in World War II History—November 12, 1941

French Gen. Charles Huntziger signing the Franco-German armistice, Compiègne, France, 22 Jun 1940 (German Federal Archive: B 145 Bild-P50284)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 12, 1941: FBI arrests 15 Japanese-American businessmen and community leaders in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. Vichy French commander in chief of land forces, Gen. Charles Huntziger, dies in a plane crash in France.

Today in World War II History—November 11, 1941

US poster for the Lend-Lease program, WWII

80 Years Ago—Nov. 11, 1941: US Lend-Lease aid is expanded to include the Free French based in Britain. Manuel Quezon is elected to a second term as President of the Philippines. Australian War Memorial opens in Canberra.