Key WWII events - November 1939

Soviet Union invades Finland
US Congress passes 'Cash & Carry' amendment
Sinking of the AMC Rawalpindi

Image of British AMC Rawalpindi November 1939

British AMC Rawalpindi

Axis Nov-39 Allied
german flag Total Class Total british flag France flag canada flag australia flag new zealand flag poland flag
5 5 Battleships 17 12 5 0 0 0 0
0 0 Fleet Carriers 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 Light Carriers 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
2 2 Heavy Cruisers 21 12 7 0 2 0 0
5 5 Light Cruisers 55 38 11 0 4 2 0
34 34 Destroyers 235 162 58 7 5 0 3
50 50 Submarines 133 59 72 0 0 0 2
0 0 Escort Carriers 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
10 10 Escorts 81 41 38 0 2 0 0
3 3 Other 58 53 2 1 2 0 0

 

 

Class USA flag japan flag italy flag soviet flag argentina flag brazil flag chile flag columbia flag peru flag netherlands flag norway flag denmark flag sweden flag portugal flag spain flag yugo flag greece flag turkey flag Romania flag thailand flag
Battleships 15 9 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Fleet Carriers 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carriers 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruisers 18 15 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Light Cruisers 17 19 14 3 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 5 1 1 0 0 0
Destroyers 160 102 92 47 16 7 8 2 2 8 10 6 16 5 16 8 19 4 7 10
Submarines 58 56 100 166 3 4 9 0 4 22 9 8 16 4 4 4 6 7 1 4
Escort Carriers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 0 19 36 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Other 0 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 4 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

 

 

Allied and Axis Naval Losses

Contains the lost and damaged (and therefore out of action) warships by country.
These are changes that happen during the month and figures will be reflected in the following month's tables.

Allied Losses

british flag Lost Report
Blanche Destroyer Mined by German magnetic mine in the Thames estuary, ship was alongside helping mined British warship Adventure, mine caused major damage aft & flooding, taken in tow by tug Fabia, but ship capsized & sank, 1 mile N of Spit Buoy, 1 dead, 12 injured, 13/11/1939
Gipsy Destroyer Damaged by mine whilst leaving Harwich for North Sea patrol, mine damaged ship amidships, crew managed to beach her, 21 dead, 115 survivors 21/11/1939. Ship's back broken & was a constructive total loss
Rawalpindi AMC Whilst patrolling between Iceland & Faroes gap, she was intercepted by German warships Gneisenau & Scharnhorst, and after hopeless battle, ship left adrift, 238 dead, 11 survivors rescued, 37 survivors captured ship sank 3 hours later, 23/11/1939
Damaged Report
Belfast Cruiser Damaged by German magnetic mine laid in Firth of Forth by German submarine U-21, detonation broke back of ship causing extensive damage & a whipcord effect that damaged equipment though out her length 21/11/1939
Cossack Destroyer Damaged in collision with merchant ship SS Borthwick, of May Island, in the Firth of Forth, 4 dead 07/11/1939
Grenade Destroyer Damaged in collision at Plymouth with British warship Grenville, ship's stem twisted & fore-peak flooded 08/11/1939
Adventure Minesweeper Damaged by German magnetic mine in the Thames estuary near Tongue Light Vessel, 24 dead, 69 injured 13/11/1939
 

 

Axis Losses

german flag Lost Report
U-35 Submarine Depth charged by British warship Kingston, Icarus & Kashmir, in the North Sea W of Bergen, all crew of 43 survivors 60.53N 02.47E 29/11/1939. Crew later imprisoned in the Tower of London for a short time
Damaged Report
U-49 Submarine Damaged by depth charge attack by French warship Sirocco in English Channel, submarine escaped after an uncontrolled dive to 560 feet, forward torpedo tubes damaged 19/11/1939. Arrived at Kiel 29/11/1939
 

 

Neutral Losses

No neutral losses this month

 

Commissioned - Details ships newly commissioned during the month.

Allied Commissioned

british flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Valiant Battleship Fairfield Shipbuilding Co, Govan Nov 1914 8 x 15"; 20 x 4.5"; 47 x 20 mm ; 32 x 1.6" pp 13"-6" 23.5 36513 1124
Kelvin Destroyer Fairfield Shipbuilding Co, Govan Jan 1939 6 x 4.7"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 10 x 21" TT 36 2384 218
Khartoum Destroyer Swan Hunter Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne Feb 1939 6 x 4.7"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 10 x 21" TT 36 2384 218
Westminster Destroyer Scotts' Shipbuilding, Greenock Feb 1918 4 x 4"; 8 x 0.5"   34 905 125
Wolsey Destroyer John I. Thornycroft, Woolston, Southampton Mar 1918 4 x 4"; 8 x 0.5"   34 905 125
Pintail Patrol ship William Denny & Bros, Ltd, Dumbarton Aug 1939 1 x 4"; 60 DC 20 810 60
Flamingo Sloop Yarrow & Co, Glasgow Apr 1939 6 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp 19.75 1770 180
France flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Colombie AMC Chantiers de Navals Francais, Bleinville Sep 1931 7 x 5.9" 17 13390 251
australia flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Westralia AMC Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 7 x 6"; 2 x 3" 14 8108 ?
 

 

Axis Commissioned

german flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
U-44 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Aug 1939 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1016 48
U-55 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Oct 1939 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 741 44
Atlantis AMC Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack 6 x 5.9"; 1 x 75 mm; 2 x 37 mm; 4 x 20 mm; 4 x 21" TT; 2 Aircraft; 92 Mines   16 7862 351

 

Neutral Commissioned

USA flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Mackenzie Destroyer Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA Jul 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1090 139
Rhind Destroyer Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA Jul 1938 4 x 5"; 4 x 0.5"; 16 x 21" TT 38.5 1657 184
Russell Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding Co, Newport, VA Dec 1938 5 x 5"; 4 x 0.5"; 8 x 21" TT 35 1764 192
Stack Destroyer Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA May 1938 4 x 5"; 4 x 0.5"; 16 x 21" TT 38.5 1657 184
Trippe Destroyer Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA May 1938 4 x 5"; 4 x 0.5"; 16 x 21" TT 38.5 1657 184
Wells Destroyer Bethlehem Steel, Squantum, MA May 1919 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1190 139
Williams Destroyer Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA Jul 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1090 139
Sealion Submarine Electric Boat Co, Groton, CT May 1939 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 8 x 21" TT   20 1450 59
japan flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Mikuma Cruiser Mitsubishi Heavy Metals Industries, Nagasaki May 1934 10 x 8"; 8 x 5"; 8 x 25 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 12 x 24" TT; 3 Aircraft 4.9"-1" 34.5 12400 850
Mogami Cruiser Kure Naval Dockyard Mar 1934 10 x 8"; 8 x 5"; 8 x 25 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 12 x 24" TT; 3 Aircraft 4.9"-1" 34.5 12400 850
Kagero Destroyer Maizuru Naval Dockyard Sep 1938 6 x 5"; 4 x 25 mm; 8 x 24" TT; 16 DC   35 2033 240
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Console Generale Liuzzi Submarine Franco Tosi, Taranto Sep 1939 1 x 100 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18 1148 18
soviet flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
L  19 Submarine Dalzavod Yard, Vladivostock May 1938 1 x 100 mm; 1 x 45 mm; 1 x 0.3" MG; 6 x 21" TT; 14 Mines 18 1123 55
M 95 Submarine Sudomekh Works, Leningrad Sep 1939 1 x 45 mm; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 210 20
M 97 Submarine Sudomekh Works, Leningrad Jul 1938 1 x 45 mm; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 210 20