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29 Nov 1940
  • General Freyberg's British and New Zealand troops occupied all of Crete. ww2dbase [Bernard Freyberg | TH]
  • Draft plan issued by German military leaders for the invasion of the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [TH]
  • New Zealand cruiser HMNZS Leander bombarded a factory and a radio station at Banda Alulu, Italian Somaliland at 1038 hours. Italian aircraft counterattacked without success. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Delfino attacked Greek destroyer Spetsai south of Piraeus near Athens, Greece, without success. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British minesweeping trawler HMT Calverton hit a mine and sank in the mouth of the Humber Estuary in England, United Kingdom, killing 2. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German destroyers Galster, Lody, and Beitzen departed from Brest, France and raided British shipping off southern England, United Kingdom. British tug Aid, Free French tug Abeille, and British barge BHC10 were attacked and sunk. Royal Navy destroyers HMS Javelin, HMS Jersey, HMS Jackal, HMS Jupiter, and HMS Kashmir intercepted the raiders and engaged in combat 20 miles south of The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. HMS Javelin was seriously damaged by torpedo and gunfire, killing 46 aboard and causing her to lose both her bow and her stern, but she would be successfully towed to Devonport for repairs. The Germans suffered no casualties. ww2dbase [Brest, Bretagne | CPC]
South Africa
  • HMS Hermes arrived at Freetown, South Africa. ww2dbase [Hermes | Freetown | CPC]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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