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9 Nov 1942
  • Vichy French government broke off diplomatic relations with the United States. ww2dbase [AC]
  • American troops continued to attack the French fort of Kasbah, French Morocco. Meanwhile, in French Algeria, the French garrison at Oran surrendered in the face of overwhelming British naval power and American airborne attack in its rear. French Admiral Darlan signed an armistice with American General Dwight Eisenhower, but fighting would continue for two more days. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Sidi Barrani, Egypt. ww2dbase [Second Battle of El Alamein | CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Kenneth Anderson was named the commanding officer of the British First Army in North Africa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Gardenia (Lieutenant M. M. Firth) sank in a collision with the minesweeping trawler HMS Fluellen off Oran, Algeria. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The US 7th Marine Regiment and the 2nd Brigade of the US Army 164th Infantry Regiment began an attack on the Japanese troops at Gavaga Creek, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler informed Italy, via Galeazzo Ciano, that he intended to occupy Vichy France soon. ww2dbase [Scuttling of the French Fleet | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Canada
  • German Abwehr spy, Werner Janowsky, landed from a submarine on the GaspĂ© peninsula in Quebec, Canada. Janowsky, a thirty-eight-year-old former French Foreign Legionaire had a wife living in Canada and knew the country well. He was swiftly apprehended by the Canadian police after arousing suspicion by trying to pay a New Carlisle hotel bill with time-expired Canadian currency. Janowsky would survive the war in British captivity. ww2dbase [Quebec | AC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Ariake at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
Hawaii Tunisia
  • German Luftwaffe combat aircraft consisting of 27 Bf 109G fighters from 1/JG53 and 24 Ju 87D Stuka dive bombers of II.StG 3 were transferred to Tunisia from Sicily, Italy. The Tunis airfields were found to be in good condition with concrete runways and revetments. Once a ground organisation had been created, relays of Ju 52/3m aircraft would commence the movement of ground troops into the region. On the front lines, Axis troops under Walter Nehring attacked Vichy French positions as Vichy French forces in North Africa were apparently switching sides to aide the Allies. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | CPC, AC]
United States Photo(s) dated 9 Nov 1942
Passenger of SOC Seagull aircraft dropped a message capsule as it flew over cruiser Augusta during Operation Torch, North Africa, Nov 1942Richelieu as appeared in the US Office of Naval Intelligence booklet ONI203, 9 Nov 1942, photo 1 of 2Richelieu as appeared in the US Office of Naval Intelligence booklet ONI203, 9 Nov 1942, photo 2 of 2Force H warships HMS Duke of York, HMS Nelson, HMS Renown, HMS Formidable, and HMS Argonaut underway off North Africa, Nov 1942
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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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