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25 Nov 1940
  • During the night 5 British aircraft attacked battleship Tirpitz in bad weather conditions; they scored no hits. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German armed merchant cruisers Orion and Komet stopped New Zealand ship Holmwood 500 miles east of New Zealand, capturing 17 crew, 12 passengers (civilians from the Chatham Islands), and 1,370 sheep. Holmwood was then sunk by gunfire, killing 1 horse. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A Hitler decree (the basic law of social housing construction) gave Robert Ley's German Labour Front the project of building 6 million homesteads, at the rate of 300,000 per year. Priority was given to providing homes for German families with children and Hitler alone kept personal responsibility for deciding how many houses should be built. The decree stated that houses were to have a minimum floor area of 62 square metres, a kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom, hallway and balcony. Each home was also to have an air-raid shelter built to resist a direct hit and large enough to house everyone in the family. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Jewish paramilitary group Irgun destroyed British liner Patria in Haifa Harbor, Palestine as Patria began to embark Central European Jewish refugees. 213 refugees were killed along with 50 of the 130 British crew. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British minesweeping trawler HMT Conquistador collided with another vessel and sank in the Thames Estuary in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British minesweeping trawler HMT Kennymore hit a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary in southern England, United Kingdom, killing 4. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British motor launch ML-111 hit a mine and sank 10 miles off Grimsby in the Humber Estuary in England, United Kingdom, killing 2. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Talisman disabled a German tanker with a torpedo and captured the French trawler Le Clipper in the Bay of Biscay 10 miles south of Lorient, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
China
  • Japanese 11th Army launched an offensive in Hubei Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Gibraltar
  • Operation Collar: British Royal Navy Force H under Admiral Somerville departed from Gibraltar to escort Allied convoy ME4 to Malta. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The prototype of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito unarmed light bomber was flown for the first time from Hatfield Aerodrome, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. The aircraft was flown by Geoffrey de Havilland, accompanied by engineer John E. Walker. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Nov 1940
A lance corporal of the British Army East Surrey Regiment posed with a Thompson sub-machinegun, Chatham in Kent, England, United Kingdom, 25 Nov 1940

25 Nov 1940 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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