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18 Nov 1939
  • HMS Cumberland deployed with Force G ships off coast of Brazil in search for Admiral Graf Spee. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • At Salzburg, Austria, Adolf Hitler told the Italian Foreign Minister Count Galeazzo Ciano that Benito Mussolini's invasion of Albania was to blame for the Royal Air Force being allowed to establish bombers in Greece within reach of Germany's main fuel supply, the oil fields of Ploesti, Romania. In reality, Ioannis Metaxas's government refused to allow the British to threaten the Romanian oilfields in order to avoid provoking the Germans. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Salzburg | AC]

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