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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]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Damaged merchant ship Silverwillow sank in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [HM]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Tenryu arrived at Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands and disembarked supplies. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
Madagascar

5 Nov 1942 Interactive Map

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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