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26 Nov 1941
  • American aircraft ferry USS Kitty Hawk was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kyushu, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Pompon was laid down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Japanese carrier fleet departed Hitokappu Bay, Kurile Islands, Japan for Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. At Pearl Harbor, Joseph Rochefort sent a report for his superiors that his cryptanalytic team had detected Japanese fleet movements and that the Japanese warships were seemingly staging for actions in the South Pacific. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US intelligence detected Japanese troop movements in Indochina. In response, US Secretary of State Cordell Hull submitted the final proposal to Japanese diplomats for readjustment of US-Japanese relations, demanding the Japanese to withdraw all troops from China and Indochina, and with full expectation that the Japanese were not going to entertain this demand in any way. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German and Italian forces fought the New Zealand 5th Brigade en route to Fort Capuzzo, Libya. Meanwhile, Erwin Rommel's staff recalled the troops at Sidi Rezegh, Libya, allowing British 7th Armoured Division to capture the town. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops re-opened the Tula-Moscow rail line in Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Libya, Lieutenant Colonel H. C. J. Yeo took the British 44th Royal Tank Regiment on a spectacular night attack which broke through the besiegers' lines and effected a link up with the Tobruk garrison. Many had suggested that the attack was impossible, but Colonel Yeo and his men had proven them wrong, and reinforced the matter with a similar operation against Barcia on 1 Jan 1942. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Lieutenant General Neil Ritchie DSO, MC (1897-1983) was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the British Eighth Army in North Africa. ww2dbase [AC]
French Syria and Lebanon
  • Free French General Georges Catroux announced that France would place Syria and Lebanon on a course for full independence. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Kaga departed Hitokappu Bay, Etorofu Island, Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Akagi, flagship of Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo's First Air Fleet, departed Hitokappu Bay in the Kurile Islands leading the Carrier Striking Force ("Kido Butai") in the "Hawaii Operation", the surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • With Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo's First Air Fleet, Shokaku departed Hitokappu Bay in the Kurile Islands for the Hawaii Operation, the attack on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Naka became the flagship of Rear Admiral Shoji Nishimura of Japanese 4th Destroyer Squadron; she departed the Terashima Strait near Sasebo, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday in Warm Springs, Georgia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1941
Atlanta running trials off Rockland, Maine, United States, 26 Nov 1941Sailors of carrier Zuikaku winching up the anchor on the quarter-deck after leaving Hitokappu Bay, Itrup, Kurile Islands, 26 Nov 1941; she was en route to attack Pearl Harbor

26 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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