12 Nov 1939
  • German submarine U-41 sank British trawler Cresswell by gunfire off the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom at 0700 hours; 6 were killed, 8 survived and rescued by U-41. At 1000 hours, U-41 struck agin, sinking Norwegian tanker Arne Kjøde; 34 survived in 2 lifeboats, but one of them would soon capsize, killing 5. ww2dbase [Start of the Battle of the Atlantic | CPC]
  • British and French governments politely rejected the offer from Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and King Leopold of Belgium to mediate toward the end of the war. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Westerwald completed supporting German cruiser Deutschland in the Arctic Sea. ww2dbase [Deutschland | Nordmark | CPC]

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