15 Nov 1939
  • Repair ship Akashi was assigned to the Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Anticipating Adolf Hitler's wishes, Erich Raeder asked his staff officers to evaluate the possibility of an invasion of Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Koichi Shiozawa was promtoed to the rank of admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Boshiro Hosogaya succeeded Vice Admiral Ichiro Sato as the commanding officer of the Ryojun Military Port (previously known as Port Arthur; now Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China), Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. Rear Admiral Isamu Takeda was named Hosogaya's chief of staff. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Korea
  • Vice Admiral Tamotsu Takama was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jews living in Reichsgau Wartheland (former Polish territory, annexed into Germany) began to be deported into the General Government region of former Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Ibo Takahashi was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. Rear Admiral Akira Matsuzaki was named his Chief of Staff. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Raizo Tanaka stepped down as the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Squalus was decommissioned from service at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Nov 1939
Italian battleship Impero being preparing for launching, Genoa, Italy, 15 Nov 1939The Launching of Italian battleship Impero, Genoa, Italy, 15 Nov 1939

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

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