November 1939

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Axis Nov-39 Allied Neutral
Germany TotalClass Total Great Britain France Canada Australia New ZealandPoland USA Japan Italy Soviet Union Argentina
5 5 Battleship 17 12 5 0 0 0 0 15 9 2 2 2
0 0 Fleet Carrier 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 0 0
0 0 Light Carrier 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2 2 Heavy Cruiser 21 12 7 0 2 0 0 19 15 7 2 2
5 5 Light Cruiser 56 39 11 0 4 2 0 17 19 14 3 1
34 34 Destroyer 243 160 68 7 5 0 3 153 114 96 47 16
50 50 Submarine 138 59 77 0 0 0 2 58 56 100 172 3
0 0 Escort Carrier 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
10 10 Escorts 72 41 29 0 2 0 0 0 7 36 18 0
3 3 Other 58 53 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

 

Neutral
Class Brazil Chile Columbia Peru Netherlands Norway Denmark Sweden Portugal Spain Yugoslavia Greece Turkey Romania Thailand
Battleship 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Fleet Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruiser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Light Cruiser 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
Destroyer 7 8 2 2 8 10 6 15 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarine 4 9 0 4 22 9 8 15 3 4 4 6 7 1 4
Escort Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0
Other 0 3 0 0 0 4 2 7 0 0 0 4 2 0 4

 

Wednesday 01 November 1939
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Politics

Partition of Poland. Danzig Corridor annexed into Germany. The Soviet Union formally annexes eastern part of Poland

Dutch Government established martial law along German-Dutch border

Thursday 02 November 1939
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Friday 03 November 1939
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Politics

Soviet and Finnish official again fail to reach agreement on Soviet demands for territorial changes and stationing of troops in Finland

Other German Featherweight Boxing Title Ernst Weiss (Germany) drew with Karl Beck (Germany) Pts 12, Neue Welt, Berlin.
Saturday 04 November 1939
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Politics

US Neutrality Act is passed allowing the British and French Government to buy arms on a strict cash-only basis

Other A German physicist at Siemens AG sends a letter to the British Embassy in Oslo, offering the British a report on present and future German weapon technology
Sunday 05 November 1939
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Military

Secret meeting held by German generals Fedor Von Beck, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb and Gerd von Rundstedt is held to discuss how they can dissuade Adolf Hitler from ordering an attack on France

 
Monday 06 November 1939
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Tuesday 07 November 1939
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Cossack Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with merchant ship SS Borthwick, of May Island, in the Firth of Forth, 4 dead 07/11/1939  
 
Wednesday 08 November 1939
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Grenade Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision at Plymouth with British warship Grenville, ship's stem twisted & fore-peak flooded 08/11/1939  
 
Politics

Hitler escapes assassination attempt when a bomb explodes at Munich Beer Hall during anniversary meeting of 1923 Putsch

 
Thursday 09 November 1939
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Military

Supreme Allied Commander Maurice Gamelin reveals his Dyle Plan to senior Allied officers in Vincennes

 
Friday 10 November 1939
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Saturday 11 November 1939
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Other

Wartime Football International: Wales 1-1 England, Ninian Park, Cardiff

 
Sunday 12 November 1939
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Politics

British official Armistice Day ceremony at Whitehall is cancelled. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the King and Queen

Other

German authorities began the deportation of Jews from Germany to the Polish General Government

Football International: Germany 4-4 Bohemia & Morovia, Hermann–Göring–Stadion, Breslau

Football International: Switzerland 3-1 Italy, Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich

Football International: Yugoslavia 0-2 Hungary, Jugoslavija Stadium, Belgrade

Monday 13 November 1939
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Adventure Minesweeper Damaged Damaged by German magnetic mine in the Thames estuary near Tongue Light Vessel, 24 dead, 69 injured 13/11/1939  
Blanche Destroyer Lost Mined by German magnetic mine in the Thames estuary, the 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  
 
Politics

Talks break down between Soviet and Finnish official on Soviet demands for territorial changes and stationing of troops in Finland

 
Tuesday 14 November 1939
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Politics

Polish Government-in-exile moves to London from Paris

 
Wednesday 15 November 1939
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Lutzow Pocket Battleship   German heavy cruiser Deutschland is renamed Lutzow, to avoid a ship named Deutschland being sunk by the Allies  
 
Thursday 16 November 1939
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Military

First British civilian casualty occurs during a German air raid on British Naval Base at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland

Other

Gangster Al Capone is released from Terminal Island Federal Prison after serving seven-and-a-half years. 40-year-old Capone was in ill health and was admitted to a Baltimore hospital

Friday 17 November 1939
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Politics

IRA commence bomb attacks on the British mainland

Other

German Welterweight Boxing Title Gustav Eder (Germany) beat Hans Norbert (Germany) Ko 1, Neue Welt, Berlin.

Saturday 18 November 1939
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Other

Wartime Football International: Wales 2-3 England, Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

 
Sunday 19 November 1939
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Country Vessel Type Report description
U-49 Submarine Damaged Damaged by depth charge attack by French warship Sirocco in the English Channel, submarine escaped after an uncontrolled dive to 560 feet, forward torpedo tubes damaged 19/11/1939. Arrived at Kiel 29/11/1939  
 
Politics

Germans close off part of Warsaw to form an all Jewish Warsaw Ghetto

Monday 20 November 1939
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Naval

German forces lay mines in the Thames estuary

 
 
Politics

All Jewish assets in the General Government block all Jewish assets

Adolf Hitler issues Directive No 8, Further Preparations for Attack in the West

 
Tuesday 21 November 1939
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Gipsy Destroyer Lost Damaged by a mine whilst leaving Harwich for North Sea patrol, mine damaged ship amidships, the crew managed to beach her, 21 dead, 115 survivors 21/11/1939. Ship's back broken & was a constructive total loss
Belfast Light Cruiser Damaged 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
 
Politics

British Government declare a naval blockade on all German shipping

 
Wednesday 22 November 1939
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Thursday 23 November 1939
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Rawalpindi Armed Merchant Cruiser Lost Whilst patrolling between Iceland & Faroes gap, she was intercepted by German warships Gneisenau & Scharnhorst, and after a hopeless battle, the ship was left adrift, 238 dead, 11 survivors rescued, 37 survivors captured ship sank 3 hours later, 23/11/1939
 
News

Polish Jews ordered to wear Star of David armbands

 
Friday 24 November 1939
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Military

Japanese forces capture Nanking in China

 
Saturday 25 November 1939
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Other

International Olympic Committee announced the cancellation of the 1940 Winter Olympics scheduled to be held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Other

European Bantamweight Boxing Title Gino Cattaneo (Italy) beat Ernst Weiss (Germany) Pts 15, Deutschlandhalle, Berlin.

Sunday 26 November 1939
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Military

Soviet forces shell Russian village of Mainila, near the Finnish border and then blamed Finnish forces for the shelling

 
Other

Football International: Germany 5-2 Italy, Olympiastadion, Berlin

 
Monday 27 November 1939
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Tuesday 28 November 1939
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Wednesday 29 November 1939
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Country Vessel Type Report description
U-35 Submarine Lost 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. The crew later imprisoned in the Tower of London for a short time  
 
Politics

Adolf Hitler issues Directive No 9, Instructions for Warfare against the Economy of the Enemy. This directive focused on attacking British war effort, shipping, sea lanes and ports; such as London and Liverpool

The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Finland

 
Thursday 30 November 1939
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Politics

The Soviet Union invades Finland

Military

Start of Winter War. The Soviet Union attacks Finland