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5 Nov 1942
  • German government ordered that all Jews in concentration camps within Germany were to be deported to Auschwitz and Majdanek camps. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • British tanks attempted, in failure, to out-flank the retreating Axis forces in Egypt. ww2dbase [Second Battle of El Alamein | CPC]
  • The US 8th Marine Regiment and the 1st Battalion of US 10th Marine Regiment arrived at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. US Navy Construction Battalion personnel arrived at Aola Bay, about 40 miles east of the Lunga River, to begin construction of a new airfield; they were guarded by two US Army battalions and a number of US Marine raiders. Finally, also on the same date, US Marine Major General Vandegrift ordered the US Marine 2nd Raider Battalion to move toward Koli Point in an attempt to cut off any Japanese fleeing east. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • German intelligence reported that a large Allied fleet had departed Gibraltar. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | CPC]
  • British freighter Chulmleigh of Operation FB got stuck on a reef off Norway at 2300 hours. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland deployed off Azores with HMS Norfolk to cover US landings on Atlantic coast. On release returned to Northern Patrol. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • Isaac Sweers was ordered to escort HMS Nelson to Gibraltar. ww2dbase [Isaac Sweers | CPC]
  • USS Nicholas departed Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides bound for Auckland, New Zealand escorting Army transport ship USAT Maui. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Damaged merchant ship Silverwillow sank in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [HM]
  • Leonardo da Vinci continued to attack Greek freighter Andreas in the Atlantic Ocean, which she had been pursuing since the previous date. At 0007 hours, the Italian submarine sank Andreas with gunfire. The Italians picked up Greek Chief Officer Spyros Andrea Phocas, Estonian sailor Josep Meister, British sailor Richard Bradstow Kewley, British gunner James Jones, and British gunner Edward Boscall as prisoners. 5 survivors reached Trinidad and 19 survivors reached Fortaleza, Brazil. 20 were killed in the sinking. ww2dbase [Leonardo da Vinci | CPC]
  • Alpino Bagnolini sighted a freighter in the Atlantic Ocean at 0520 hours. She identified the target as a Spanish ship and thus did not pursue. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Madagascar New Hebrides Pacific Ocean
  • At sea, USS Honolulu joined with the San Diego detachment of the convoy escorted by carrier USS Altamaha and continued on toward New Caledonia. ww2dbase [Honolulu | DS]

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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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