11 May 1939
  • The US Navy placed an order for the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver carrier-borne dive-bomber. ww2dbase [SB2C Helldiver | AC]
  • Small Mongolian and Manchukuo cavalry units clashed near the village of Nomonhan in the border region. ww2dbase [Battle of Khalkhin Gol | Nomonhan, Mongolia | CPC]
  • A Chinese man shot a Japanese citizen on Gulangyu island, an international settlement off Xiamen, China, giving the Japanese to dispatch a Special Naval Landing Force detachment near Gulangyu. ww2dbase [Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
  • American gunboat USS Asheville departed Gulangyu island, an international settlement off Xiamen, China. ww2dbase [Fujian, Xiamen | CPC]

11 May 1939 Interactive Map

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

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