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11 Nov 1942
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Buin, Bougainville. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Germany withdrew 25 submarines from the North Atlantic to attack the Allied shipping off North Africa; on the same day, submarine U-173 damaged destroyer USS Hambleton, oiler USS Winooski and troopship USS Joseph Hewes near Casablanca, French Morocco, sinking Joseph Hewes and killing 100. On land, the French garrison at Casablanca officially surrendered to the Americans. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | AC]
  • German 13.Panzer Division managed to avoid encirclement near Ordshonikidse, Ukraine. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied troops pushed all Axis troops out of Egypt. ww2dbase [Second Battle of El Alamein | CPC]
  • British 36th Infantry Brigade landed at Bougie, Algeria unopposed. ww2dbase [Advance into Tunisia | CPC]
  • Bernard Montgomery was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Bernard Montgomery | CPC]
  • ww2dbase [Enterprise | CPC]
  • The Japanese force at Gavaga Creek, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, under a combined US Marine and US Army attack since 9 Nov, began to fall back toaward the Metapona River to avoid envelopment. Meanwhile, the US Army 182nd Infantry Regiment (less the 3rd Batalion) arrived at Guadalcanal. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack attacked a Japanese transport off the Palau Islands; all four torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Skipjack | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was named the commanding officer of the Sasebo Naval District. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was assigned to the 8th Fleet. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Alaska
  • USS S-31 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [S-31 | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS Helena made rendezvous with a convoy of transports off San Cristobal, Solomon Islands and escorted the convoy to Guadalcanal. ww2dbase [Helena (St. Louis-class) | CPC]
France
  • Vichy France became occupied by German and Italian troops in order to defend against a potential Allied invasion. The American embassy in Vichy was seized by German troops by force. ww2dbase [Scuttling of the French Fleet | TH, CPC]
  • Italian naval infantry landed on Corsica, France in Operation C2. ww2dbase [AC, CPC]
French Morocco
  • TBF Avengers from escort carrier USS Suwannee, using aerial depth charges, attacked and sank a Vichy-French submarine southwest of Casablanca in what would be the first successful attack of an enemy submarine by aircraft from an escort carrier. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | J. J. Clark | DS]
Japan
  • Captain Takahiko Kiyota, commanding officer of Nachi, was promoted to the rank of rear admiral in preparation for assignment as a cruiser division commander. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Haddock fired 4 torpedoes at transport Venice Maru in the Yellow Sea, sinking her with one hit. ww2dbase [Haddock | CPC]
Portugal
  • ww2dbase [HM]
Russia
  • German 6.Armee succeeded in reaching the Volga River in Stalingrad, Russia, with a 600-yard frontage near the Red October steel factory. In Germany, Hitler announced during Beer Hall Putsch celebration that Stalingrad, Russia was almost in German hands, but that he did not want to keep the city just because of its name. ww2dbase [Battle of Stalingrad | TH]
United States
  • USS Alabama began her shakedown cruise in the Chesapeake Bay on the east coast of the United States. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Nov 1942
B-17F Fortress flying past Mt. Bagana on Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Nov 11, 1942. This aircraft is returning from bombing Buka Island and is on its way to bomb Shortland Harbor at opposite the end of BougainvilleAerial photograph from a USS Ranger plane showing three badly damaged French warships beached at Casablanca, French Morocco, 11 Nov 1942. They were damaged in the Battle of Casablanca 8 Nov 1942

11 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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