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20 Nov 1941
  • Kurt von Briesen passed away. ww2dbase [Kurt von Briesen | CPC]
  • German troops captured Rostov, Russia. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | TH]
  • The Norwegian government-in-exile officially endorsed the resistance movement Milorg. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Japanese ambassador to the US Nomura presented Japan's final proposal to keep peace in Asia and the Pacific. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | CPC]
  • HMAS Sydney sank some time after midnight from the damage sustained in the engagement with German raider Kormoran; all 645 aboard were lost. Kormoran, likewise heavily damaged, was abandoned at 1900 hours and was scuttled three hours later; 81 were killed and 318 survived. ww2dbase [Sydney | CPC]
  • The daily bread rations in besieged Leningrad, Russia was reduced to 500 grams for military personnel, 250 grams for engineers and technical workers, 125 grams for other workers and children. The situation was hoped to be improving soon, however, as the first successful crossing of the frozen Lake Ladoga was made with horse-drawn sleighs, hoping to bring back food from Kobona. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | CPC]
  • One of the ships of Allied convoy PQ-3 struck an iceberg and another developed mechanical problems; both were turned back toward Iceland. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • In Vilnius, Lithuania, 3 prisoners of war were executed as later reported by the Jager Report on 1 Dec 1941. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Comandante Cappellini sighted an aircraft in the Atlantic Ocean at 1230 hours and submerged to avoid detection. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | CPC]
  • The Japanese-controlled Ryojun Military Port (previously known as Port Arthur; now Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China), Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China was upgraded to the status of a Guard District. ww2dbase [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
  • Crown Prince Yi Un was assigned to Guangdong Province, China. ww2dbase [Yi Un | Guangdong | CPC]
  • The British 7th Armoured Brigade repulsed a counter attack launched by the German 90th Light Infantry Division and the Italian Bologna Division. In the afternoon, the British 4th Armoured Brigade engaged with heavier tanks of the German 15th Panzer Division, losing several American-built M3 tanks. After dark, British cruisers HMS Ajax and HMS Neptune and Australian cruiser HMAS Hobart bombarded Bardia, Libya. ww2dbase [Operation Crusader | CPC]
  • Ed Dyess arrived in Manila, Philippines. ww2dbase [Ed Dyess | Manila | CPC]
Poland Taiwan
  • The Japanese naval base at Mako in Pescadores Islands, Taiwan was upgarded to full Guard District status. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Nov 1941
Russian sanitation detachment on Kirov Street in Moscow, Russia, 20 Nov 1941

20 Nov 1941 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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