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5 Nov 1940
  • Roosevelt was re-elected as President of the United States. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | TH]
  • German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer approached Allied convoy HX-84 in the North Atlatic in the late afternoon, and British armed merchant cruiser Jervis Bay moved in to intercept. Hopelessly outgunned, Jervis Bay was sunk within 15 minutes of the gun battle; 190 were killed and 65 survived; Captain Fegen of Jervis Bay would be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his efforts to slow Admiral Scheer. Nevertheless, Admiral Scheer was able to sink 5 additional British ships in the convoy before the convoy scattered and escaped, killing an additional 208 sailors. ww2dbase [Admiral Scheer | TH]
  • Free French troops captured LambarĂ©nĂ©, French Equatorial Africa (in present day Gabon) about 100 kilometer inland up the OgoouĂ© River. Meanwhile, Free French, Foreign Legion, and Colonial troops set sail from Douala, French Cameroun for another Vichy-held city in French Equatorial Africa, Libreville. ww2dbase [Battle of Gabon | CPC]
  • German submarine U-99 sank British tanker Scottish Maiden 180 miles northwest of Ireland at 0255 hours, killing 16; she was carrying 3,000 tons of diesel oil and 6,500 tons of marine fuel. British destroyer HMS Beagle picked up 28 survivors. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Greek cavalry troops under General Georgios Stanotas began a new attack on the enveloped Italian Julia Division in the Vovousa valley in northern Greece. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | CPC]
  • British cruisers Sydney and Ajax departed Alexandra, Egypt to land supplies at Suda Bay, Crete, Greece. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | HM]
  • British cruisers Sydney and Ajax landed supplies at Suda Bay, Crete, Greece and then joined the Mediterranean Fleet at sea. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | HM]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Alessandro Malaspina sighted British auxiliary cruiser HMS Salopian in the Atlantic Ocean at 0710 hours. She was sighted in return, and the auxiliary cruiser changed course to intercept. The Italian submarine dove after being fired upon by deck guns at 0740 hours. At 0930 hours, the Italians recorded that propeller noises could no longer be heard. After confirming that the British ship had indeed departed the area, Alessandro Malaspina set course for Bordeaux, France. ww2dbase [Alessandro Malaspina | CPC]
  • While at Alexandria, Egypt, a leak was found in the fuel system of HMS Eagle, requiring her to receive repairs; the damage was caused by near misses by Italian bombers on 12 Oct 1940. ww2dbase [Eagle | Alexandria | CPC]
  • Hermann Göring issued an order to loot the art treasures at the Louvre museum in Paris, France, which were to be distributed to German museums and private collections of Nazi leaders, with a large portion of the art reserved for himself. ww2dbase [Hermann Göring | Paris | CPC]
  • Comandante Cappellini departed Pauillac, Aquitaine, France at 0825 hours, and arrived at Bordeaux, France at 1115 hours. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | Pauillac, Aquitaine | CPC]
United States

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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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