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Soviet Union
With German forces driven back from the southern outskirts of the city, Soviets announce lifting of the siege of Leningrad
   Siege of Leningrad, 1941-1944

Russian Front
Soviet 8th Army captures Tosno and Valosovo
   Baltic flank of the Russian front, 1943-1945

According to Soviet reckoning, Rovno - Lutsk offensive commences this date
   Liberation of the Ukraine and operations on the central front, 1943-1944

Soviet 60th Army attacking around Rovno
   Liberation of the Ukraine and operations on the central front, 1943-1944

Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army captures Shpola
   Liberation of the Ukraine and operations on the central front, 1943-1944

Soviet 6th Tank Army captures Lysyanka
   Liberation of the Ukraine and operations on the central front, 1943-1944

Germany
Hitler addresses assembled high-ranking military leaders: If worse comes to the worst....
   Hitler's relations with the military
   Adolf Hitler

Manstein replies to Hitler from the audience: And so it shall be, mein Fuehrer
   Hitler's relations with the military
   Adolf Hitler
   Field Marshal Erich von Manstein

RAF Bomber Command sends 515 aircraft to attack Berlin overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions
   Strategic bombing of Berlin

France
French Resistance forces raid aircraft engine factory
   Germany: Occupied territories
   France: Occupation, collaboration and resistance
   France: Resistance and special operations

RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force Ranger operations
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   2nd Tactical Air Force: Operations and missions

US 15th Air Force attacks airfields at Montpelier, Salon de Provence, and Istres le Tube with 159 bombers
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Fifteenth Air Force: Operations and missions

North Sea
RAF Bomber Command sends 101 aircraft on minelaying operations overnight
   Strategic bombing of Germany and occupied Europe
   Air operations in Northwest Europe, 1939-1944
   Bomber Command: Operations and missions

United Kingdom
Convoy UC 11 departs Liverpool for New York City
   Atlantic convoys

Yugoslavia
Allied commandos raid Hvar overnight
   Yugoslavia: Partisans and special operations

Italy
II Corps of US 5th Army attacking across the Rapido River
   Battles of Cassino, January - May 1944

British 10th Corps of US 5th Army attacking from Garigliano River bridgehead
   Battles of Cassino, January - May 1944

German 10th Army attacking French Expeditionary Corps of US 5th Army around Belvedere Hill
   Battles of Cassino, January - May 1944

US 12th Air Force provides close support to 5th Army attacks
   Battles of Cassino, January - May 1944
   Battle of Anzio, January - June 1944
   Air operations in the Italian campaign, 1943-1945

US VI Corps making mostly unsuccessful attacks along the Anzio beachhead
   Battle of Anzio, January - June 1944

Luftwaffe aircraft intensify attacks on Allied shipping off Anzio
   Battle of Anzio, January - June 1944
   Naval operations in Italian waters, 1943-1945
   Air operations in the Italian campaign, 1943-1945

US 12th Air Force supports Anzio beachhead, claiming 28 air-to-air victories
   Battle of Anzio, January - June 1944
   Air operations in the Italian campaign, 1943-1945

US 12th Air Force attacks Velletri, Colleferro, Ceprano, Terni, and other targets
   Battles of Cassino, January - May 1944
   Battle of Anzio, January - June 1944
   Air operations in the Italian campaign, 1943-1945

RN cruiser Mauritius and destroyer Kempenfelt bombard Formia
   Naval operations in Italian waters, 1943-1945

United States
Report issued on Japanese atrocities in the Philippines
   Japan: War crimes, atrocities, and trials
   Japanese-American relations

Chennault proposes major air offensive in China and against Japanese home islands
   China - Burma - India theater and the Indian Ocean, 1941-1945: Politics and diplomacy
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater
   General Claire Chennault

House of Representatives introduces resolutions calling for free and democratic Jewish commonwealth in Palestine
   United States: The Holocaust
   United States: Politics

Hawaiian Islands
Nimitz hosts strategy conference with representatives from Central Pacific, South Pacific, and Southwest Pacific
   Hawaii
   Pearl Harbor
   United States: Strategy in the Pacific war
   Admiral Chester Nimitz

Pacific Ocean
IJN gunboat Kasagi Maru sunk by USN submarine Swordfish
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   United States submarine war against Japan, 1941-1945

Japanese vessel Kosei Maru sunk by USN submarine Thresher
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   United States submarine war against Japan, 1941-1945

Japanese vessel Kikuzuki Maru sunk by USN submarine Thresher
   Naval operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area
   United States submarine war against Japan, 1941-1945

Nauru Island
US 7th Air Force attacks Japanese garrison
   Air operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area, 1941-1945
   Nauru Island

Marshall Islands
US 7th Air Force attacks Maloelap Atoll, Wotje Atoll, and Mille Atoll
   Operations in the Marshall Islands
   Air operations in the Central and Western Pacific Area, 1941-1945

New Guinea
In the Dumpu-Bogadjim sector, Australian 18th Infantry Brigade attacking Crater Hill against heavy resistance
   Operations in Northeast New Guinea and Netherlands New Guinea, 1943-1945

US 5th Air Force and RAAF aircraft attack Madang and Bogia
   Operations in Northeast New Guinea and Netherlands New Guinea, 1943-1945
   Air operations in Australia, New Guinea, and the Bismarcks, 1942-1945

Bismarck Archipelago
US 13th Air Force and AirSols aircraft attack Rabaul on New Britain with fighters claiming more than 20 victories
   Air siege of Rabaul
   Operations in the Bismarcks, 1943-1945
   Air operations in Australia, New Guinea, and the Bismarcks, 1942-1945

Admiralty Islands
US 5th Air Force attacks Manus Island
   Operations in the Admiralty Islands, 1944
   Air operations in Australia, New Guinea, and the Bismarcks, 1942-1945

East Indies
US 5th Air Force aircraft attack Dili on Timor Island
   Operations in the East Indies, 1942-1945
   Air operations in the East Indies

Burma
In the Arakan, Indian 161st Infantry Brigade attacking Razabil west of the Mayu Range
   Arakan campaign, 1943-1944

RAF aircraft attack Japanese installations at Mawlaik
   Arakan campaign, 1943-1944
   Air operations in the China - Burma - India theater


Dates are local to the time zone in which the event occurred, but discrepancies and inconsistencies abound throughout the sources, especially when events ocurred shortly before or after midnight.

Entries on file for this date: 40
Total entries on file: 62,072
Updated: 17:14 Pacific Time on 13 November 2014

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Argyle. Chronology of World War II
Brown. Warship Losses of World War Two
Browning. US Merchant Vessel Casualties of World War II
Carter and Mueller. Combat Chronology, 1941-1945
Cressman. The Official Chronology of the US Navy in World War II
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Goralski. World War II Almanac, 1931-1945
Hague. The Allied Convoy System
Hammel. Air War Europa
Hammel. Air War Pacific
Hauner. Hitler: A Chronology of His Life and Time
Kay. Chronology: New Zealand in the War, 1939-1946
Middlebrook and Everitt. Bomber Command War Diaries
Niestle. German U-Boat Losses during World War II
Rohwer. Allied Submarine Attacks of World War Two
Rohwer. Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two
Rohwer. Chronology of the War at Sea
Salmaggi and Pallavisini. 2194 Days of War
Sommerville. World War II Day by Day
Swain. A Chronology of Australian Armed Forces at War, 1939-45
Taylor. Barbarossa to Berlin (two volumes)
Williams. Chronology, 1941-1945
Young. Britain's Sea War

Various other Chronology volumes also served as sources.

Many additional volumes were consulted for specific topics.
 

 

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