2 Nov 1944
  • Satoshi Inoguchi passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Canadian forces captured Zeebrugge, which was the last pocket of German occupation in Belgium. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Canadian 2nd Division withdrew from its Walcheren, the Netherlands bridgehead. Nearby, Allied troops captured Wissenkerke and Zoutelande. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • All eligible German males were ordered to enlist in the Volkssturm under penalty of military court-martial. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Bombers of the No. 550 Squadron RAF attacked Düsseldorf, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Colsay was sunk by a German "Neger" human torpedo at Ostend, Belgium. ww2dbase [AC]
  • In accordance with Dwight Eisenhower's plan, Bernard Montgomery ordered a complete redeployment of his Army Group in Europe. First Canadian Army now assumed responsibility for the front from the sea to the Reichsward near Kleve in Germany, whilst Second British Army was ordered to clear the Germans west of the Maas River from the huge pocket between Venray and Roermond in the Netherlands, and then to take over the American front north of Geilenkirchen in Germany known as the Heinberg Salientl. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • British Army Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Captain (temporary Major) Robert Henry Cain was awarded the Victoria Cross for effectively using a PIAT anti-tank launcher against German tanks on multiple occasions between 19 and 25 Sep 1944 during the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Franklin arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands for temporary repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ticonderoga departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Germany
  • About 12 Me 163 rocket fighters of German Jagdgeschwader 400 fighter wing intercepted a group of US bombers escorted by P-51 fighters east of Leipzig, Germany. The Germans shot down two bombers, while the American fighters shot down four Me 163 rocket fighters; the four German pilots shot down were Oberfeldwebel Horst Rolly, Oberfeldwebel Herbert Straznicky, Oberfeldwebel Gunther Andreas, and Jacob Bollenrath (rank unknown). Bollenrath's fighter would be the final Me 163 downing by a P-51 fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hungary
  • Soviet units entered the suburbs of Budapest, Hungary. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Barbero sank Japanese transport Kuramasan Maru in the Dutch East Indies, hitting her with 2 of 9 torpedoes fired., ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • Nachi's repairs in the drydock at No. 103 Repair Facility at Cavite, Philippine Islands was completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The US X Corps captured the coastal town of Carigara, Philippines at the head of the Leyte valley which would permit an advance on the port of Ormoc from two directions thereby cutting the Japanese reinforcement route. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Poland
  • Viktor Abakumov reported to Lavrentiy that up to 1 Nov 1944 his SMERSH personnel in Poland had arrested 499 persons, 82 of whom were already transferred to the Soviet Union while the remaining were detained at the Bialystok city prison in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Allied convoy RA-61 departed the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Four German V-2 rockets hit London, England, United Kingdom on this date. One of them hit outside of a mental hospital at Banstead, killing 3 and seriously injuring 11. Another hit Deptford, killing 31. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Yugoslavia
  • After halting the Soviet advance near Kresevo, Yugoslavia, German 2.Panzerarmee established a defensive line west of Belgrade. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]

2 Nov 1944 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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