Thursday 16 November 1939
|TBD-1 Devastator 5-T-7 of VT-5 in flight over Southern California November 16, 1939.|
Battle of the Atlantic: A pack of Allied warships is searching for the Admiral Graf Spee in the South Atlantic on 16 November 1939, but it has disappeared into the Indian Ocean for the time being.
While sailing south from Madagascar, the Admiral Graf Spee stops the Dutch vessel SS Mapia. Captain Langsdorff allows it proceed unmolested due to its neutral status. He knows that the Mapia will report his position, but Langsdorff has decided to return to the South Atlantic anyway due to lack of targets. He figures that the information the ship gives to the authorities about his position will be misleading.
U-43 (Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Ambrosius) sinks the 4,915 ton British freighter Arlington Court. Seven perish and there are 28 survivors.
US freighter Lafcomo is detained by British authorities at Weymouth, while the freighter West Harshaw is detained at Ramsgate.
The French report that they have seized 203,297 tons of contraband through 10 November 1939.
Convoy OA 36 G departs from Southend, and Convoy OB 36 departs from Liverpool.
German Resistance: The authorities in Prague declare martial law in Prague following days of unrest. The authorities are said to be using every sort of remedy to quell the demonstrators' violence. Hitler says to end the protests or shoot the protesters and burn the city to the ground.
Peace Talks: The offer of Romanian King Carol to mediate in the European conflict is rejected by both sides just as the offer of the Dutch and Belgian crowns was previously.
Great Britain homefront: Inflation is beginning to bite, with prices up 2.5% in October, a 30% annual rate.
American Homefront: Gangster Al Capone is released from Alcatraz having served seven years, six months and 15 days, and having paid all of the back taxes for which he was convicted. He is showing signs of mental illness (paresis) deriving from syphilis.
China: Having taken the last Chinese-held port, the Japanese 21st Infantry Division and Taiwan Brigade now are advancing north toward Nanning. This is known as the Battle of South Kwangsi.
|Al Capone mug shot.|
November 1939November 1, 1939: The Jet Flies Again
November 2, 1939: The Soviets Devour Poland
November 3, 1939: Amending the Neutrality Act
November 4, 1939: Roosevelt Signs Neutrality Laws
November 5, 1939: The Spirit of Zossen
November 6, 1939: First Dogfight
November 7, 1939: More Lies About SS Athenia
November 8, 1939: Hitler Almost Killed
November 9, 1939: The Venlo Incident
November 10, 1939: Dutch Panic
November 11, 1939: Poignant Armistice Day
November 12, 1939: Peace Efforts Made and Rejected
November 13, 1939: First Bombing of Great Britain
November 14, 1939: The Dyle Plan
November 15, 1939: Elser Confesses to the Bürgerbräukeller Bombing
November 16, 1939: Martial Law in Prague
November 17, 1939: International Students Day
November 18, 1939: Magnetic Mines
November 19, 1939: Walls Around the Warsaw Ghetto
November 20, 1939: First RN Submarine Victory
November 21, 1939: Salmon & Gluckstein on the Prowl
November 22, 1939: British Recover A Magnetic Mine
November 23, 1939: HMS Rawalpindi Sunk
November 24, 1939: Japanese Enter Nanning
November 25, 1939: The Olympics are a War Casualty
November 26, 1939: Soviets Stage an "Incident" at Mainila
November 27, 1939: German Marriage Becomes Perilous
November 28, 1939: Judenrats in Poland
November 29, 1939: The Soviets Prepare to Invade Finland
November 30, 1939: Winter War Begins