Today in World War II History—Nov. 27, 1942 POSTED: Monday, November 27, 2017 by Sarah Sundin French ships Strasbourg, Colbert, Algérie, and Marseillaise burning in Toulon harbor, France, after being scuttled, 28 Nov 1942; photo taken by RAF aircraft (Library of Congress) 75 Years Ago—Nov. 27, 1942: Germans take Toulon, France. French scuttle fleet in Toulon so warships won’t fall into German hands (77 ships). Goodrich produces its first bale of synthetic rubber in the US rubber program.