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13 Nov 1939
  • German destroyers Z20, Z18, Z19, and Z21 mined the mouth of the River Thames in southern England, United Kingdom before dawn. At 0526 hours, British cruiser HMS Adventure hit one of the mines and was damaged, killing 23. At 0820 hours, British destroyer Blanche also hit one of the mines and was badly damaged, killing 1 and wounding 12; as Blanche sank while under tow by tugboat Fabia, she became the first British destroyer lost to enemy action in WW2. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Finnish diplomats Paasikivi and Tanner departed Moscow, Russia after all negotiation attempts failed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler again postponed the invasion of France; the next date for decision was to be 22 Nov 1939. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Prince Nagahisa's daughter Princess Hatsuko was born. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Romania
  • King Carol II of Romania offered to mediate peace between Germany and the western powers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers struck the Shetland Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom but did little damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 13 Nov 1939
Light cruiser Jintsu during post-modernization trials, Kure, Japan, 13 Nov 1939

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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