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17 Nov 1942
  • American troops captured Gafsa, Tunisia and British 36th Brigade engaged German forces at Djebel Abiod, Tunisia. German General Walter Nehring arrived in Tunis, Tunisia to lead a counterattack against the Allies. The Italians formally absorbed the French Protectorate of Tunisia into the borders of Italian North Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Admiral Sir Max Horton was appointed the Commander-in-Chief of Western Approaches Command. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Archibald Wavell gave up the amphibious component to the planned assault on Arakan Peninsula, Burma (largely due to the lack of landing craft, the majority of which were assigned to Operation Torch in North Africa and to the Pacific Theater), and told Noel Irwin to focus on ground assault through Mayu Hills only. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • The Americans launched ten bombers to attack Rabaul, New Britain, but due to stormy weather only five of them arrived over the Japanese base, and only one was successful in dropping its payload, hitting nothing. One of the ten airfield failed to return after the mission, having disappeared en route. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Allied troops advanced in Australian Papua towards Buna and Gona. Meanwhile, the 3rd Battalion of Japanese 229th Infantry Regiment and 300 reinforcements landed near Gona. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, AC]
Caroline Islands Egypt
  • The Stoneage convoy departed Alexandria, Egypt for Malta. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was granted audience with Emperor Showa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy QP-15 departed Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. It was consisted of 28 freighters and was escorted by one anti-aircraft vessel, five minesweepers, four corvettes, and two destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • British Admiral Max Horton was appointed Commander-in-Chief Western Approaches Command with his Headquarters at Northways, North London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • French Ambassador to the United States Gaston Henri-Haye arrived at Hotel Hershey, his place of internment, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Nov 1942
View of the War Relocation Authority camp, looking northwest from the hospital, near Jerome, Arkansas, United States, 17 Nov 1942, photo 1 of 2Japanese-Americans working at the post office inside of Jerome War Relocation Center, Arkansas, United States, 17 Nov 1942Japanese-American dentist and patient, Jerome War Relocation Center, Arkansas, United States, 17 Nov 1942Japanese-Americans Dr. K. H. Taria and pharmacist Tom Arase at work, Jerome War Relocation Center, Arkansas, United States, 17 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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