26 Nov 1914

  • Robert Greim was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class medal. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Nov 1916

United States
  • Henry Arnold took his first solo flight since his leave of absence from the Aviation Section of the US Army Signal Corps in 1912. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Nov 1920

  • Edmund Herring arrived in Melbourne, Australia. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Nov 1924

26 Nov 1935
  • Filipp Golikov was promoted to the rank of brigade commander. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Nov 1936

  • The consturction of the Taihoku City Hall in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan was completed. It had cost 980,000 yen to build. [CPC]
26 Nov 1937

  • The Xicheng defensive line between Shanghai and Nanjing in China was overrun by Japanese troops. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Nov 1938
  • Oswald Mosley's son Oswald Alexander Mosley was born. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Nov 1939
  • Soviet troops fired 7 mortar shells into a field near the village of Mainila, Russia at 1430 hours, claiming the Finnish Army was responsible for the attack. At 2100 hours, the Soviets issued the demand to Finnish ambassador Yrjo-Koskinen for the Finnish Army to move back 20 to 25 kilometers from the border. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1939
Lord Gort and Lieutenant General Pownall study a map at GHQ in the Chateau at Harbarcq, France, 26 Nov 1939
26 Nov 1940
  • 10 more old US Navy destroyers were handed over to the British Royal Navy. [CPC]
  • German aircraft torpedoed and sank Free French armed patrol ship Medoc, captained by Polish Commander Stankiewicz and manned by a mostly British crew, in the English Channel. The entire crew of 41, 3 Polish and 38 British, was killed. [CPC]
  • Lord Rothermere, the proprietor of the Daily Mail and a former Air Minister, passed away. He had championed the advancement of British aviation from the early days of flight. [AC]
  • James Lacey was awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Medal. [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Libya
  • Eight Swordfish aircraft from British aircraft carrier HMS Eagle attacked Tripoli, Libya at 0520 hours. [Main Article | CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • Operation Collar: Aircraft from British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious raided the Italian seaplane base in Port Laki, Leros, Dodecanese Islands to distract Italian forces while Allied convoy ME4 sailed for Malta from Gibraltar, but the Italians did not fall for the feint and launched a powerful fleet westward to intercept the convoy. [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British 27th Armoured Brigade was established, under the command of Brigadier C. W. Norman, from the conversion of the 1st Armoured Reconnaissance Brigade. The Brigade would be mainly employed in the trialing of specialised armoured vehicles. [AC]
  • No. 826 and No. 829 Squadrons of the British Fleet Air Arm embarked on carrier HMS Formidable for convoy escort duties to Cape Town, South Africa. [Main Article | AC]
26 Nov 1941
  • The Japanese carrier fleet departed Hitokappu Bay, Kurile Islands, Japan for Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. At Pearl Harbor, Joseph Rochefort sent a report for his superiors that his cryptanalytic team had detected Japanese fleet movements and that the Japanese warships were seemingly staging for actions in the South Pacific. [Main Article | CPC]
  • US intelligence detected Japanese troop movements in Indochina. In response, US Secretary of State Cordell Hull submitted the final proposal to Japanese diplomats for readjustment of US-Japanese relations, demanding the Japanese to withdraw all troops from China and Indochina, and with full expectation that the Japanese were not going to entertain this demand in any way. [Main Article | CPC]
  • American aircraft ferry USS Kitty Hawk was commissioned into service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • German and Italian forces fought the New Zealand 5th Brigade en route to Fort Capuzzo, Libya. Meanwhile, Erwin Rommel's staff recalled the troops at Sidi Rezegh, Libya, allowing British 7th Armoured Division to capture the town. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops re-opened the Tula-Moscow rail line in Russia. [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Libya, Lieutenant Colonel H. C. J. Yeo took the British 44th Royal Tank Regiment on a spectacular night attack which broke through the besiegers' lines and effected a link up with the Tobruk garrison. Many had suggested that the attack was impossible, but Colonel Yeo and his men had proven them wrong, and reinforced the matter with a similar operation against Barcia on 1 Jan 1942. [Main Article | AC]
  • The keel of submarine Pompon was laid down. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kyushu, Japan. [Main Article | CPC]
French Syria and Lebanon
  • Free French General Georges Catroux announced that France would place Syria and Lebanon on a course for full independence. [CPC]
  • Akagi, flagship of Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo's First Air Fleet, departed Hitokappu Bay in the Kurile Islands leading the Carrier Striking Force ("Kido Butai") in the "Hawaii Operation", the surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • With Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo's First Air Fleet, Shokaku departed Hitokappu Bay in the Kurile Islands for the Hawaii Operation, the attack on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Kaga departed Hitokappu Bay, Etorofu Island, Kurile Islands. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Naka became the flagship of Rear Admiral Shoji Nishimura of Japanese 4th Destroyer Squadron; she departed the Terashima Strait near Sasebo, Japan. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday in Warm Springs, Georgia, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1941
Atlanta running trials off Rockland, Maine, United States, 26 Nov 1941Sailors of carrier Zuikaku winching up the anchor on the quarter-deck after leaving Hitokappu Bay, Itrup, Kurile Islands, 26 Nov 1941; she was en route to attack Pearl Harbor
26 Nov 1942
  • Yugoslavian Partisans convened the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia at Bihac in northwestern Bosnia. [CPC]
  • British 36th Brigade reached Jefna, Tunisia and ran into a German ambush, suffering heavy casualties. Meanwhile, British 11th Brigade captured Majaz al Bab unopposed. The 1st Battalion of US 1st Armored Regiment boldly raided the Axis airfield at Djedeida, shooting up 23 Ju 87 dive bombers and 14 Bf 109 fighters. [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Germany
  • German government ordered that all Jewish forced laborers in the armament industry in Germany were to be deported to Auschwitz and Majdanek camps. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her fifth war patrol. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • While stationed at Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States, Robert Johnson and fellow members of the USAAF 61st Fighter Squadron received orders for overseas duty. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1942
USMC Lieutenant Colonel W. W. Stickney preparing to cut a Thanksgiving holiday cake with a captured Japanese sword, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, circa 26 Nov 1942
26 Nov 1943
  • Kiyoto Kagawa passed away. [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops withdrew from Gomel, Byelorussia. [TH]
  • The British troopship, Rohna, sailing from Algiers with 2,000 American soldiers and a crew of 200, was sunk by a glider bomb dropped from a German aircraft. 1,015 troops and 102 crew were killed. [AC]
  • Robert Johnson became a flight leader with the USAAF 61st Fighter Squadron. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ray sank a Japanese transport north of New Guinea, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired. Several hours later, she struck again, sinking another ship with 4 of 6 torpedoes fired. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese tanker San Ramon Maru south of Japan, hitting her with two of three torpedoes fired. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS S-35 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska, continuing her seventh war patrol. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Cairo Conference ended with Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Chiang Kaishek agreeing that Japanese-occupied northeastern China (Manchuria), Taiwan, and the Pescadores islands were to be returned to the Republic of China. The Anglo-Americans were, however, unable to persuade Chiang to re-instate his pledge to send Chinese troops in an invasion into northern Burma. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAAF launched its heaviest raid on Bremen, Germany, while the RAF hit Berlin, Germany for the fifth night in a row with 443 Lancaster and 7 Mosquito aircraft. Stuttgart, Germany was attacked in diversion by 84 aircraft. 34 RAF aircraft were lost during this night. [Main Article | TH]
  • The turbojet powered Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter was demonstrated at Insterburg, Ostpreußen, Germany (now Chernyakhovsk, Russia) before Adolf Hitler, who, to everyone's surprise, insisted that it should be developed as a bomber. [Main Article | AC, CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • During the night, USS Alabama fired anti-aircraft guns against incoming Japanese raids. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy RA-54B departed Arkhangelsk, Russia. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Nov 1944
  • Germany began V-1 and V-2 rocket attacks on Antwerp, Belgium. [CPC]
  • USS Making crossed the Equator. In the line cross ceremony, 800 pollywogs, including Rear Admiral Calvin Durgin and Captain William Whaley, were hazed and initiated by shellbacks who had previously crossed the line. [Main Article | DS]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Astoria arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Karl von Le Suire was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. [Main Article | CPC]
  • US troops captured Monte Belvedere and Monte Castello 61 kilometers southwest of Bologna, Italy; a subsequent German counterattack would recapture Monte Castello. [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wasp set sail for Ulithi, Caroline Islands as US Army Air Forces took over the responsibility of providing air cover for troops operating on Leyte, Philippine Islands. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heinrich Himmler ordered the destruction of the crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in attempt to hide evidence of mass killings. Dismantling work of Crematorium II of Auschwitz Concentration Camp began on the same day. First, the motor that pumped the air out of the gas chamber was removed and sent to Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Then, pipes were removed and sent to Gross-Rosen Concentration camp. Other equipment were removed in order and shipped into various parts of Germany. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's shop on New Cross High Street, London, England, United Kingdom, killing 168 shoppers. [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1944
Burial at sea for the officers and men of carrier Intrepid who lost their lives during operations off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 26 Nov 1944Special attack damaged USS Essex, late Nov 1944; note Oerlikon cannon and ammunition cans
26 Nov 1945
  • Douglas MacArthur confirmed that Emperor Showa of Japan would not be forced to abdicate the throne. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph McNarney was made the commanding general of US Forces in the European Theater, succeeding Dwight Eisenhower. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chinese Nationalist troops captured the Shanhai Pass of the Great Wall in northeastern China. [CPC]
  • The Soviet Governmental Commission on Nuremberg Trials ordered the Soviet prosecution team in Nürnberg, Germany not to discuss issues such as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the annexation of the Baltic States, Polish borders, etc. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1945
Joachim von Ribbentrop in imprisonment, Nürnberg, Germany, 26 Nov 1945
26 Nov 1947

  • Gusztáv Jány passed away in Budapest, Hungary. [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Wolverine was transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal. [Main Article | DS]
26 Nov 1952
  • USS Tirante was recommissioned into service at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Nov 1952
USS Tirante underway off Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 26 Nov 1952
26 Nov 1958

United States
  • USS Wasp departed Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island, United States. [Main Article | CPC]
26 Nov 1970

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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