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November 1938

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Events On This Day

Hans Langsdorff
Takes command of the Pocket Battleship Admiral Graf Spee on 1 November 1938 to 17 December 1939

On 2 November 1938, Arising from The Munich Agreement Hungary is awarded the Felvidek region of South Slovakia and Ruthenia.

T9 Torpedo boat
Launched 3 November 1938

On 4 November 1938, At a public meeting in Epping, Winston Churchill narrowly survives an attempt by fellow Conservative and constituent Sir Colin Thornton-Kemsley to remove him from Parliament.

On 7 November 1938, Ernst von Rath, the Third Secretary at the German Embassy in Paris, is assassinated by Herschel Grynszpan.

On 9 November 1938, In Germany, the night of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) begins as National Socialists activists and sympathisers loot and burn Jewish businesses the all night affair sees 7,500 Jewish businesses destroyed, 267 synagogues burned, 91 Jews killed, and at least 25,000 Jewish men arrested.

Erwin Rommel Erwin Rommel became the commanding officer of the military academy at Wiener Neustadt in southern Germany on November 1938.

M4 Minesweeper
Commissioned 10 November 1938

Z23 Destroyer
Laid down 15 November 1938

On 16 November 1938, Britain formally recognised Italy's control of Ethiopia. In return Benito Mussolini agreed to withdraw 10,000 troops from Spain.

On 16 November 1938, End of the Battle of the Ebro.

T16 Torpedo boat
Launched 23 November 1938

Adolf Hitler on 24 November 1938, ordered the Wehrmacht General Staff to prepare plans for the invasion of the Free City of Danzig, but careful to include that it was not to include war with Poland.

On 30 November 1938 Benito Mussolini and his Foreign Minister Count Galeazzo Ciano order spontaneous demonstrations in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, demanding that France cede Tunisia, Nice, Corsica and French Somaliland to Italy. This begins an acute crisis in Franco-Italian relations that lasts until March 1939.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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