7 Nov 1938
  • Italy organized the Milizia Artiglieria Contraerea, which were anti-aircraft and coastal artillery militia units. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Two of the three Wellesley aircraft that had taken off from Ismailia, Egypt two days prior reached Darwin, Australia, breaking the world's absolute distance record. ww2dbase [Wellesley | Darwin, Northern Territory | AC]
  • French Jew Herschel Grynszpan, whose parents were recently expelled from Germany into Poland, assassinated German consular aide Ernst Vom Rath in Paris. ww2dbase [Kristallnacht | Paris | CPC]
  • German diplomat Ernst vom Rath was shot three times with a revolver by Herschel Grynszpan in Paris, France. ww2dbase [Ernst vom Rath | Paris | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille was accepted into flight training and was given the rank of Flieger. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Nov 1938
Herschel Grynszpan under arrest after shooting German diplomat Ernst vom Rath, Paris, France, 7 Nov 1938

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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