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26 Nov 1942
  • Yugoslavian Partisans convened the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia at Bihac in northwestern Bosnia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British 36th Brigade reached Jefna, Tunisia and ran into a German ambush, suffering heavy casualties. Meanwhile, British 11th Brigade captured Majaz al Bab unopposed. The 1st Battalion of US 1st Armored Regiment boldly raided the Axis airfield at Djedeida, shooting up 23 Ju 87 dive bombers and 14 Bf 109 fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Germany
  • German government ordered that all Jewish forced laborers in the armament industry in Germany were to be deported to Auschwitz and Majdanek camps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Skipjack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Russia
  • Low cloud ceiling of 200 meters and periodic snow showers hindered German ability to supply troops in Stalingrad, Russia on this day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The composition of Soviet penal units was standardized by Georgy Zhukov's order, "The Status of Penal Units of the Army". These penal battalions, or shtrafbats, would have an official strength of 360 former Gulag prisoners plus a small heavily armed guard detachment. The former prisoners would only be issued with weapons and ammunition immediately before going into action. They were typically required to serve in the penal battalion for between one and three months, and would be eligible to transfer to a Red Army unit if they were to sustain a combat wound. The official view was that, as the men were unreliable, they were highly expendable and should be used to reduce losses in regular units. It is estimated that some 500,000 military personnel and Gulag prisoners were sentenced to service in penal battalions during the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United States
  • While stationed at Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States, Robert Johnson and fellow members of the USAAF 61st Fighter Squadron received orders for overseas duty. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1942
USMC Lieutenant Colonel W. W. Stickney preparing to cut a Thanksgiving holiday cake with a captured Japanese sword, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, circa 26 Nov 1942

26 Nov 1942 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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