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30 Nov 1940
  • German armed merchant cruiser Pinguin attacked British ship Port Wellington in the southern Indian Ocean overnight. 2 were killed and 87 were captured. Seeing some of the female captives were shivering in their nightgowns, Pinguin's First Officer personally returned to the burning wreck and retrieved clothes for the women. ww2dbase [Pinguin | CPC]
  • German submarine U-101 sank British ship Aracataca 400 miles northwest of Ireland at 0204 hours. 36 were killed and 34 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British motor torpedo boats MTB.30 and MTB.31 attacked an anchored German convoy off the mouth of the Scheldt River off the Netherlands. German ship Santos was damaged by a depth charge from MTB.31, while MTB.30 was damaged by gunfire. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British minesweeping trawler HMT Chestnut hit a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary in southern England, United Kingdom. The entire crew survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In Hubei Province, China, Chinese troops halted the offensive launched by the Japanese 11th Army five days prior. ww2dbase [Battle of Han River | Hubei | CPC]
  • Wang Jingwei of the Japanese-sponsored puppet government in Nanjing, China established diplomatic relationship with fellow puppet state Manchukuo. ww2dbase [Wang Jingwei | Nanjing | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Southampton, England, United Kingdom was bombed by 128 German bombers during the night causing extensive damage along the High Street and main shopping area. One bomb fell into an air-raid shelter killing all but three of the twenty-eight people taking shelter within. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | Southampton, England | AC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Nov 1940
Wang Jingwei signing an agreement with the Japanese over the recognition of the puppet nation of Manchukuo, Nanjing, China, 30 Nov 1940Wang Jingwei speaking at a ceremony in which the Japanese puppet states of Manchukuo and Nanjing recognized each other, Nanjing, China, 30 Nov 1940

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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