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20 Nov 1943
  • US Marines invaded Makin and Tarawa atolls in the Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • On Samos Island, Greece, nearly 5,000 British prisoners were taken by the Germans. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The Soviet Army began an advance on Kirovograd, Ukraine after breaking through German lines near Kremenchug. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Hitler refused permission for the German Armeegruppe Nord to withdraw to the Panther-Wotan Line. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Jews in northern Italy were ordered to be sent to concentration camps. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived at Cairo, Egypt and checked into the Mena House hotel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • The headquarters of USAAF 49th Fighter Group was transferred out of Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Marine Corps Major General Ralph Mitchell was named Commander Air Solomons and was placed in charge of all US naval and Marine aviation units in the Solomon Islands region. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands Gilbert and Ellice Islands
  • USS New Mexico shelled Japanese positions at Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • USS Portland shell shore positions on Betio Island at Tarawa Atoll in support of the US Marine landings. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Alabama provided naval gunfire support for the US landing at Betio, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Mingo arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • British Eighth Army crossed the Sangro River in Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Japan Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) sent raids back to the airfield at Jaluit, Marshall Islands and some of her planes also supported the troops on Makin, Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • Alexander Foote, a young English adventurer and International Brigade veteran, who had been recruited by Moscow as a spy with the Lucy Ring, was arrested by the Swiss Police. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • British Fascist Sir Oswald Mosley and Lady Diana Mosley were released from imprisonment. They would stay with Lady Diana's sister Pamela Mitford after their release, followed shortly after by a stay at the Shaven Crown Hotel in Shipton-under-Wychwood. He then purchased Crux Easton, near Newbury, England, United Kingdom, with Diana. He and his wife became the subject of much media attention, but the war had ended what remained of his political reputation. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • The FIDO (Fog Intensive Dispersal Operation) scheme was first instigated to effect the safe landing of RAF bombers. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • USS Parche was commissioned into service with Commander Lawson Ramage in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Nov 1943
Japanese soldiers assaulting the city of Changde, Nov 1943F6F Hellcat fighter of US Navy VF-5 preparing to launch off Yorktown (Essex-class) to attack a target in the Marshall Islands, 20 Nov 1943Battleship Colorado bombarding Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 20 Nov 1943; note Camouflage Measure 32, Design 3DAdmiral William Halsey and Commander Joseph Clifton at a party for officers at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, circa Nov 1943
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20 Nov 1943 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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