28 Nov 1941
  • The German 3.Panzerkorps evacuated Rostov-on-Don, Russia due to lack of supplies; the city was reoccupied by Soviet forces later on the same day. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The air echelon of US Marine Fighter Squadron 211 secretly flew 12 F4F-3 fighters from Ewe to Ford Island for further transfer to USS Enterprise. Later on the same day, USS Enterprise set sail for Wake Island. En route, Captain G. D. Murray of the USS Enterprise informed his subordinates that the carrier was now operating under war conditions. ww2dbase [Enterprise | CPC]
  • US Navy Commander W. S. Cunningham relieved US Marine Corps Major James P. S. Devereux as the overall commanding officer of Wake Island. 9 US Navy officers and 58 sailors arrived with Cunningham aboard seaplane tender USS Wright. ww2dbase [Battle of Wake Island | CPC]
  • German 7th Panzer Division crossed the Yakhroma bridge over the Moskva-Volga canal 37 miles north of Moscow, Russia at 0330 hours, but it would be driven back at the end of the day. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | CPC]
  • British 7th Armored Division attacked German 15th Panzer Division with numerical superiority, but the Germans continued to press on toward Tobruk, Libya. Nearby, commanding officer of the German 21st Panzer Division General Johann von Ravenstein was captured by troops of the New Zealand 2nd Infantry Division. ww2dbase [Operation Crusader | CPC]
  • While being shadowed by German submarine U-95, Dutch submarine O-21 fired two stern torpedoes at its stalker 125 miles east of Gibraltar, sinking the German boat; 35 were killed, 12 survived and captured. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Navy-chartered passenger liner President Harrison departed from Shanghai, China for the Philippine Islands with the final elements of the US 4th Marine Regiment. ww2dbase [Shanghai | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Germany
  • A state funeral was held for Werner M√∂lders in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Werner M√∂lders | Berlin | CPC]
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop met with Hiroshi Oshima in Berlin, Germany, promising that Germany would declare war on the United States should Japan and the US enter a state of war; Ribbentrop, however, did not know Japan was planning on starting the war soon. ww2dbase [Joachim von Ribbentrop | Berlin | CPC]
  • Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini arrived in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Katori observed an American convoy of five transports escorted by a Brooklyn-class cruiser 160 miles east of Saipan, Mariana Islands at about 1700 hours. ww2dbase [Katori | CPC]
Russia Taiwan Photo(s) dated 28 Nov 1941
Page 1 of a US Army alert order dated 28 Nov 1941 issued to west coast commands indicating the rising tensions with Japan. The first paragraph is a repeat of the alert issued by George Marshall in Washington, DC.US 4th Marine Regiment gathering at the quays along Huangpu River, Shanghai, China as the unit prepared to leave the International Settlement for the Philippines, 28 Nov 1941Martin Bormann, Julius Schaub, Adolf Hitler, Karl Brandt, and Erhard Milch at the funeral service of Werner Mölders at the Reich Air Ministry, Berlin, Germany, 28 Nov 1941

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