November 1940

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  Axis Nov-40 Allied Neutral
Vichy France Denmark Italy Germany Total Class Total Great Britain Free France Canada Australia New Zealand Poland Netherlands Norway USA Japan
2 0 6 3 9 Battleship 14 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 10
0 0 0 0 0 Fleet Carrier 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
0 0 0 0 0 Light Carrier 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
4 0 7 2 9 Heavy Cruiser 15 9 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 19 17
9 0 13 3 16 Light Cruiser 62 41 9 0 4 2 0 4 2 19 19
52 0 84 35 119 Destroyer 269 175 60 15 5 0 5 7 2 174 104
62 8 93 48 141 Submarine 144 53 69 0 0 0 1 21 0 82 53
1 0 0 0 0 Escort Carrier 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
13 0 32 9 41 Escorts 130 101 22 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 15
3 2 0 8 8 Other 57 47 3 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 0

 

Neutral
Class Soviet UnionArgentina BrazilChileColumbia Peru SwedenPortugal Spain Yugoslavia GreeceTurkey RomaniaThailand
Battleship 3 2 1 1 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
Light Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruiser 4 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 0
Light Cruiser 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
Destroyer 51 16 7 8 2 2 16 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarine 201 3 4 9 0 4 16 3 4 4 6 8 1 4
Escort Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 18 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Other 0 4 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 4

 

Friday 01 November 1940
Daily Report
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Eagle Fleet Carrier Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss from Italian aircraft in the Aegean Sea, causing underwater damage to the hull & contamination of aviation fuel 01/11/1940. Withdrawn for repair at Alexandra 05/11/1940  
 
Politics

Turkey declares neutrality in the Italio-Greek War

 
Saturday 02 November 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Intrepid Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a German mine, off Hartlepool, in the North Sea. Mine caused serious structural damage & disabled her 02/11/1940. She was towed to Hartlepool arriving 03/11/1940  
Germany U-31 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warship Antelope, NW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic, 2 dead, 44 survivors 02/11/1940  
 
Other

British & British Empire Featherweight Boxing Title Nelson Tarleton (GB) beat Tom Smith (GB) Pts 15, Liverpool Stadium, Liverpool.

 
Sunday 03 November 1940
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Great Britain Laurentic Armed Merchant Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-99, off Bloody Foreland, NW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic, the ship did not sink & British AMC Patroclus came to rescue her crew 03/11/1940  
 
Other

German Middleweight Boxing Title Jupp Besselmann (Germany) beat Hein Wieser (Germany) Pts 12, Sportpalast Schoeeberg, Berlin.

German Heavyweight Boxing Title Heinz Lazek (Germany) beat Walter Neusel (Germany) Pts 12, Sportpalast Schoenberg, Berlin.

Football International:Yugoslavia 2-0 Germany, Stadion Koturaška, Zagreb

 
Monday 04 November 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Laurentic Armed Merchant Cruiser Lost Torpedoed & sunk by German submarine U-99 which had returned, hit the ship with 2 torpedoes, 49 dead, 367 survivors, 54.09N 13.44W 04/11/1940  
Great Britain Patroclus Armed Merchant Cruiser Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-99, W of Ireland, in the North Atlantic, she had been sent to pick up survivors from British AMC Laurentic 53.43N 14.41W 04/11/1940. Patroclus & Laurentic survivors picked up by British warship Hesperus  
 
Tuesday 05 November 1940
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Great Britain Jervis Bay Armed Merchant Cruiser Lost Sunk by gunfire from German warship Admiral Scheer, 755 miles SW of Iceland, in the North Atlantic, this action saved 31 of 36 ships in Convoy HX 84, 65 survivors 53.41N 32.17W 05/11/1940  
 
Politics

President Roosevelt wins third term

Wednesday 06 November 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany T 06 Destroyer Lost Mined off Kinnaird Head, E of Aberdeen, in the North Sea, 45 dead, 57.50N 00.50W 06/11/1940  
 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night time British air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on various cities in Germany

 
Thursday 07 November 1940
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Great Britain Swordfish Submarine Lost Mined by a German mine, 12 miles S of St. Catherine's Point, off the Isle of Wight. Mine had split the pressure hull just forward of the deck gun, 36 dead, 0 survivors 07/11/1940  
 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night time British air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on Krupp Works at Essen

 
Other

Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Washington, USA collapsed

Friday 08 November 1940
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Italy Comandante Faa Di Bruno Submarine Lost Depth charged by Canadian warship Ottowa & British warship Harvester, in the North Atlantic, whilst attacking convoy HX-84 08/11/1940  
 
Saturday 09 November 1940
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Politics

Neville Chamberlain dies of bowel cancer

 
Sunday 10 November 1940
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Politics

The American ambassador to the United Kingdom Joseph P Kennedy states in the Boston Sunday Globe that democracy is finished in England

 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night time British air raid, 100+ aircraft attack on Gelsenkirchen & various targets in France

 
Monday 11 November 1940
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Italy Nicola Fabrizi Destroyer Damaged Damaged by gunfire from British & Australian warships, during the Battle of the Strait of Otranto. Hit several times she was able to retire towards Valona, 11 dead, 17 injured 11/11/1940  
 
Tuesday 12 November 1940
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Italy Andrea Doria Battleship Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Illustrious at Taranto harbour. Torpedo hit made a 36' x 26' hole in her hull. The ship had to be run aground to save her from sinking 12/11/1940.
Italy Caio Duilio Battleship Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Illustrious at Taranto harbour. Torpedo hit below her second turret, flooding her forward magazine, 3 dead 12/11/1940.
Italy Conte Di Cavour Battleship Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Illustrious at Taranto harbour. Torpedo hit aft the second funnel below the bridge making a 39' x 26' hole in her hull. The ship sank in shallow water in the harbour, 17 dead 12/11/1940.  
Italy Littorio Battleship Damaged Damaged by 3 torpedoes from Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Illustrious at Taranto harbour. Hit twice on the starboard side and once on the port side. The ship was beached to save her despite extensive flooding. Her bow was below was submerged up to her forward turret, 32 dead 12/11/1940
 
Politics

Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov meets Adolf Hitler and Joachim von Ribbentrop in Berlin. Hitler talked about spheres of interest whilst Molotov expresses Soviet interest in Finland, Bulgaria, Romania, the Dardanelles and the Bosporus.

Military

Battle of Gabon won by British forces over Vichy French forces

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night time British air raid, 100+ aircraft attack on Gelsenkirchen & various targets in France

 
Wednesday 13 November 1940
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Poland Garland Destroyer Damaged Damaged in storm suffering major structural damage whits escorting British warship Revenge in the North Atlantic, 2 dead 13/11/1940  
Soviet Union D 01 Dekabrist Submarine Lost Lost during training dive, exceeded crush depth, in Molotovska Bay 13/11/1940  
 
Politics

Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov and Adolf Hitler meet again in Berlin. Hitler deflects Soviet interest in Finland

 
Military

Greco-Italian War: End of the Battle of Pindus in Greek victory

 
Thursday 14 November 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Opening night of the Luftwaffe night bombing raids on British cities

The Blitz: Large night time German air raid, 450+ aircraft attack Coventry. Heavy damage cross the city, Coventry Cathedral destroyed and more than 2/3rds of the buildings in the city damaged.

Greco-Italian War: Greek forces advance into Albania

The Bomber Offensive: Minor evening British air raid, 35 Blenheim aircraft attacking known Luftwaffe airfields in France & Belgium. This attack was launched in response to the intelligence of a large scale attack on an as yet unknown English city. The target turned out to be Coventry.

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night time British air raid, 80+ aircraft attack on Berlin & Hamburg

Friday 15 November 1940
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Politics

Warsaw Jewish ghetto is closed to the rest of the city

The Soviet Union invited to join the Tripartite Pact and share in spoils of victory

 
Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 120+ aircraft attack on London

 
Other

The Jewish Warsaw Ghetto is sealed off from the rest of the city.

 
Saturday 16 November 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 110+ aircraft attack on London

The Bomber Offensive: Major night time British air raid, 130+ aircraft attack on Hamburg

 
Sunday 17 November 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 270+ aircraft attack on Southampton. Small Italian air raid on Harwich

 
Other

Football International:Germany 1-0 Denmark, Bahrenfelder Stadion, Hamburg

 
Monday 18 November 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Large night time German air raid, 120+ aircraft attack on London

 
Tuesday 19 November 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Netherlands O 22 Submarine Lost Mined by German drift mine 40 miles SW of the Norwegian coast, in the North Sea, 42 Dutch dead, 3 British dead, 0 survivors 57.55N 05.31E 19/11/1940  
 
Military

The Blitz: Large night time German air raid, 450+ aircraft attack on Birmingham.

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night time British air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on Skoda Works at Pilsen in the German-occupied Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia

 
Wednesday 20 November 1940
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Politics

Hungary joins the Tripartite Pact

 
Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 110+ aircraft attack on Birmingham.

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night time British air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on Duisburg

 
Thursday 21 November 1940
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Politics

Belgian government-in-exile declares war on Italy

 
Friday 22 November 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 200+ aircraft attack on Birmingham.

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night time British air raid, 90+ aircraft attack on Dortmund

 
Other

World Lightweight Boxing Title Lew Jenkins (USA) beat Pete Lello (USA) Ko 2, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

 
Saturday 23 November 1940
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Politics

Romania joins the Tripartite Pact

 
Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 120+ aircraft attack on Southampton

 
Sunday 24 November 1940
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Politics

The Slovak Republic joins the Tripartite Pact

 
Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 240+ aircraft attack on Bristol

 
Monday 25 November 1940
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Politics

The Soviet Union gives its terms to join the Tripartite Pact including substantial new territorial gains

 
Military

The Blitz: Minor night time German air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on Bristol & Avonmouth

 
Tuesday 26 November 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Minor night time German air raid, 30+ aircraft attack on Bristol & Avonmouth

 
Wednesday 27 November 1940
Daily Report
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Berwick Heavy Cruiser Damaged Damaged by gunfire from Italian warships, during Battle of Spartivento, ship's Y turret knocked out by 8" shell, all occupants killed 27/11/1940  
Italy Lanciere Destroyer Damaged Damaged by gunfire from British warship Manchester, during the Battle of Cape Spartivento. She was hit & near-missed by several 6" shells, knocking out her engines. Her crew got her underway, but when she broke down again she had to be towed by Italian warship Ascari to Cagliari 27/11/1940  
 
Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 110+ aircraft attack on Plymouth

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night time British air raid, 60+ aircraft attack on Cologne

 
Thursday 28 November 1940
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Germany U-104 Submarine Lost Missing NW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic, 49 dead, 56.28N 14.13W 28/11/1940. Possible victim of the British Northern Barrage defensive minefield.  
 
Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 270+ aircraft attack on Liverpool & Birkenhead

 
Other

Fritz Hippler's anti-Semitic pseudo-documentary The Eternal Jew premieres in Germany

Friday 29 November 1940
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Great Britain Javelin Destroyer Damaged Damaged by torpedoes from German destroyers during night action of Start Point in the English Channel, torpedoes hit forward & stern, causing extensive fires during which the magazine exploded, only 155' of original 353' remained, towed by tug back to Plymouth, 46 dead 29/11/1940  
 
Military

The Blitz: Massive overnight air raid on Liverpool

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 370+ aircraft attack on London. Small Italian air raid on Ipswich

 
Saturday 30 November 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Overnight air raid on Southampton

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 180+ aircraft attack on Southampton

 
Other

Annual American Army-Navy Game: Navy 14-0 Army, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia