November 1941

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The following events occurred in November 1941:

November 1, 1941 (Saturday)[edit]

November 2, 1941 (Sunday)[edit]

November 3, 1941 (Monday)[edit]

November 4, 1941 (Tuesday)[edit]

November 5, 1941 (Wednesday)[edit]

November 6, 1941 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Joseph Stalin made a radio address broadcast worldwide declaring that Hitler's "crazy plan" to draw Britain and the United States into a coalition to destroy the Soviet Union had failed. Stalin said that a coalition of the United States, Britain and the USSR was "now a reality" and expressed his hopes that a "second front" would be established "in the near future."[12]
  • Between 15,000 and 18,000 Jews were taken to the Sosenki forest outside of Rovno and massacred over the next two days.[13]
  • Frostbite began to appear among German troops on the Eastern Front.[5]
  • German submarine U-595 was commissioned.
  • Born: Doug Sahm, musician and founder of the Sir Douglas Quintet, in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1999)

November 7, 1941 (Friday)[edit]

  • The Soviet hospital ship Armenia was sunk by German bombers while evacuating civilians and wounded soldiers from Crimea. As many as 7,000 people were killed in the sinking, making it one of the worst maritime disasters in history.
  • In an important symbolic event, Soviet troops marched in Red Square to commemorate the anniversary of the October Revolution as per the annual tradition. Soldiers taking part in the parade marched straight on to the front line.[14]
  • The United States Senate voted 50 to 37 to amend the Neutrality Act to allow merchantmen to be armed and permit U.S. ships to enter combat zones.[15]
  • The cargo ship MV Nottingham was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by German submarine U-74.
  • Senior commanders of the Japanese Army and Navy were informed that the start of war against Britain and the United States was tentatively set for December 8 (Japanese time).[16]
  • Bette Davis became the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[17]
  • Born: Angelo Scola, cardinal, in Malgrate, Italy
  • Died: Albin Zollinger, 46, Swiss writer

November 8, 1941 (Saturday)[edit]

November 9, 1941 (Sunday)[edit]

November 10, 1941 (Monday)[edit]

November 11, 1941 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • A general election was held in the Philippines. Incumbent President Manuel L. Quezon won an unprecedented second term.
  • German submarine U-580 sank in the Baltic Sea after a collision with the target ship Angelburg.
  • President Roosevelt gave an Armistice Day address at Arlington National Cemetery. "Our observance of this Anniversary has a particular significance in the year 1941," the president said. "For we are able today as we were not always able in the past to measure our indebtedness to those who died ... Whatever we knew or thought we knew a few years or months ago, we know now that the danger of brutality and tyranny and slavery to freedom-loving peoples can be real and terrible. We know why these men fought to keep our freedom - and why the wars that save a people's liberties are wars worth fighting and worth winning - and at any price."[21]
  • The Australian War Memorial was opened in Canberra.
  • Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees was named the American League's Most Valuable Player. DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak beat out Ted Williams' .406 batting average, 291 points to 254.[22]
  • Died: Charles Huntziger, 61, French army general (plane crash)

November 12, 1941 (Wednesday)[edit]

November 13, 1941 (Thursday)[edit]

  • The British aircraft carrier Ark Royal was torpedoed and severely damaged off Gibraltar by the German submarine U-81.
  • The Soviet cruiser Chervona Ukraina was sunk at Sevastopol by German aircraft.
  • U.S. Congress voted 212 to 194 to abolish combat zones, thereby allowing U.S. ships to carry goods directly to ports of belligerent countries.[15]
  • German submarine U-596 was commissioned.
  • Born: Mel Stottlemyre, baseball player and coach, in Hazleton, Missouri (d. 2019)

November 14, 1941 (Friday)[edit]

November 15, 1941 (Saturday)[edit]

  • The Germans renewed the drive on Moscow after a three-week lull. The Soviets were pushed back from the Volga Reservoir north of the capital but with temperatures dropping to -20 Celsius across the Eastern Front, the German advance was very slow.[5]
  • German submarine U-583 sank in the Baltic Sea with no survivors after a collision with U-153.
  • German submarines U-173 and U-459 were commissioned.

November 16, 1941 (Sunday)[edit]

November 17, 1941 (Monday)[edit]

November 18, 1941 (Tuesday)[edit]

November 19, 1941 (Wednesday)[edit]

November 20, 1941 (Thursday)[edit]

  • The German Afrika Korps gave battle over a broad area around Sidi Rezegh.[24]
  • Talks opened in Washington, D.C. between U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull, Japanese ambassador Kichisaburō Nomura and special Japanese envoy Saburō Kurusu. The Japanese demanded that the Americans withdraw from China, lift all sanctions directed against Japan and halt the U.S. naval buildup in the Pacific.[27]
  • The British cargo ship Empire Dorado collided with the Greek cargo ship Theomitor in the Atlantic Ocean. Empire Dorado was taken in tow by a Royal Navy ship but sank two days later.
  • German submarine U-597 was commissioned.
  • Died: Kurt von Briesen, 55, German general (killed by Soviet aircraft near Izium)

November 21, 1941 (Friday)[edit]

November 22, 1941 (Saturday)[edit]

November 23, 1941 (Sunday)[edit]

November 24, 1941 (Monday)[edit]

November 25, 1941 (Tuesday)[edit]

November 26, 1941 (Wednesday)[edit]

November 27, 1941 (Thursday)[edit]

November 28, 1941 (Friday)[edit]

November 29, 1941 (Saturday)[edit]

November 30, 1941 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Gerd von Rundstedt approved a German retreat to the Mius River following the defeat at Rostov.[18]
  • Axis forces attacked again at Sidi Rezegh, battering the New Zealand 24th and 26th Battalions as the Germans launched a new drive on Tobruk.[5]
  • The first day of the Rumbula massacre occurred near Riga, Latvia. A total of about 25,000 Jews were killed on this day and December 8.
  • German submarine U-206 was lost in the Bay of Biscay on or around this date, probably to a naval mine.
  • The romantic comedy film Two-Faced Woman starring Greta Garbo (in her final role) and Melvyn Douglas was released.
  • Died: Esmond Romilly, 23, British socialist (shot down over the North Sea)


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