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7 Nov 1942
  • In the morning, British 7th Armoured Division clashed with the German 21st Panzer Division about 24 kilometers southwest of Sidi Haneish, Egypt. British tanks won the engagement, destroying many tanks and guns, but failed to prevent the Germans from withdrawing to Mersa Matruh. ww2dbase [Second Battle of El Alamein | CPC]
  • Vichy French General Antoine Béthouart attempted a failed coup d'etat in North Africa, which alarmed defenses. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | CPC]
  • USS Gar ended her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • The US Marine Corps chief Major General Thomas Holcomb approved the establishment of a women's reserve. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Marine Corps Brigadier General Louis Woods relieved US Marine Corps Brigadier General Roy Geiger as the commander of air operations at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • German destroyer Z27 sank Soviet ship Donbass; 49 were kiled, 16 survived and captured by the Germans. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 torpedoed and sunk the British freighter Ocean Justice off the coast of Trinidad. All 56 men aboard survived. ww2dbase [U-505 | DS]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Tenryu departed Shortland Island, Solomon Islands with supplies for troops fighting on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Shortland Island | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Truk | CPC]
Germany
  • Adolf Hitler departed the Wolfsschanze headquarters at Rastenburg, Ostpreußen, Germany (now Ketrzyn, Poland) for München, traveling aboard his private train Amerika. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Rastenburg, Ostpreußen | CPC]
Italy
  • Marcello-class Italian submarine Emo departed Cagliari, Sardegna, Italy in response to the Allied landing in North Africa. ww2dbase [Cagliari, Sardegna | HM]
Japan Philippines Poland Photo(s) dated 7 Nov 1942
US Army troops of the 3rd Infantry Division drew ammunition on board USS Joseph T. Dickman (AP-26), off Morocco, 7 Nov 1942B-24 bombing photo of Holtz Bay, Attu Island, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 7 Nov 1942; note A6M2-N floatplanesCovenanter tank entraining onto a warflat wagon, Britain, 7 Nov 1942

7 Nov 1942 Interactive Map

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