CBI - China: Day 59 of 154 of the Japanese Invasion of Manchuria.
1936 — , November 15
Spain: Day 122 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
CBI - China: Day 27 of 29 of the 1st Battle of Suiyuan.
1937 — , November 15
Spain: Day 487 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
CBI - China: Day 132 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 95 of 106 of the 2nd Battle of Shanghai.
1938 — , November 15
Germany:Jewish pupils are expelled from all non-Jewish German schools.
Spain: Day 852 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
CBI - China: Day 497 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 35 of 81 of Japan's Operation GUANGDONG.
1939 — , November 15
Atlantic: The German pocket-battleship GRAF SPEE sinks the merchantman AFRICA SHELL off Mozambique (a country in southeast Africa).
CBI - China: Day 862 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 1 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.
1940 — , November 15
Poland: The Warsaw Ghetto, containing over 400,000 Jews, is sealed off with the completion of a wall begun in October and built by forced Jewish labor.
Jews building the ghetto wall, Warsaw, October 1940
The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II.
The death toll among the Jewish inhabitants of the Ghetto, between deportations to extermination camps, Grossaktion Warschau, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and the subsequent razing of the ghetto, is at least 300,000.
Over 100,000 of the Ghetto's residents died due to rampant disease or starvation, as well as random killings, even before the Nazis began massive deportations of the inhabitants.
Russian Front - South: Day 17 of 248 of the Siege of Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula.
MTO - Libya: Day 220 of 256 of the Siege of Tobruk.
East Africa: Day 524 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
CBI - China: Day 1,593 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
1942 — , November 15
PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 101 of 187 of the Battle of Guadalcanal. Day 4 of 4 of the Naval Battle off Guadalcanal. After another night action, the US Navy loses three destroyers in exchange for the Japanese battleship KIRISHMA and four transport ships. The battle ends as an Allied victory.
Crewmen of a US Coast Guard combat transport go for a swim under the hull of the beached KINUGAWA MARU on 11 Nov 43, nearly one year after she was attacked
Dawn on the 15th of November found the Japanese transport ship KINUGAWA MARU and three of her counterparts just offshore of Guadalcanal, still offloading troops and supplies. US Marine shore batteries opened fire on the stationary transports, and quickly had two of the four ablaze and under heavy, accurate fire. Air strikes were called in from Henderson Field and the Destroyer USS MEADE, on patrol at the time, swept in from Ironbottom Sound and raked the Japanese MARUs with 5-inch shellfire.
By noon, the attacks were joined by aircraft from the USS ENTERPRISE which had all four transports heavily damaged, on fire and sinking. The Captain of the KINUGAWA MARU elected to beach his ship with the remaining engine power she had before her boiler room flooded, and the ship was run ashore here.
Her crew and the remaining soldiers aboard abandoned ship into the shallow waters and escaped ashore, leaving the KINUGAWA MARU to her fate, burning and slowly settling by the Stern. An American fighter from Guadalcanal put a bomb into her Stern cargo hold in the evening of November 15th, and the KINUGAWA MARU finally sank shortly thereafter.
The wreck of the KINUGAWA MARU remained in her partially sunken state until the 1960's when a partial salvage of the ship was conducted, but by that time she had slipped into deeper waters on the shoreline. Today she is a popular wreck dive site in Guadalcanal.
Russian Front - North: Day 434 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
Russian Front - North: Day 195 of 658 of the Siege of the Kholm Pocket, USSR lays siege to the Kholm Pocket but the Germans hold out for a about a year and a half.
Russian Front - South: Day 141 of 150 of Germany's CASE BLUE, the failed offensive to take the Caucasus oil fields.
Russian Front - South: Day 85 of 165 of the Battle of Stalingrad, bloodiest battle in human history.
MTO - North Africa: Day 8 of 9 of Operation TORCH, the invasion of Morocco and Algeria. The US 12th Air Force provides air support. British 1st Army reaches Taberka, Tunisia.
MTO - Libya: British 8th Army captures Derna and the Martuba airfields. US 9th Air Force B-24s attack a motor convoy near Bengasi.
CBI - China: Day 1,958 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
PTO - Alaska: Day 162 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands. The US and Canada will defeat the Japanese invaders.
PTO - Malaya: Day 270 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island, a long guerrilla war ending in Japanese victory.
PTO - New Guinea: Day 118 of 119 of the Battle of the Kokoda Track. The Australians continue pushing back the Japanese troops.
1943 — , November 15
ETO - UK: The Allied Expeditionary Air Force is formed in Britain for the invasion of Europe.
Russian Front - North: Day 799 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
Russian Front - North: Day 560 of 658 of the Siege of the Kholm Pocket. USSR lays siege to the Kholm Pocket but the Germans hold out for a about a year and a half.
Russian Front - South: Day 84 of 122 of the Battle of the Lower Dnieper River, USSR.
MTO - Greece: British counter-attack on the Greek island of Leros fails as the Luftwaffe flies 600 sorties a day. US 12th Air Force B-25s bomb the Kalamaki airfield.
MTO - Italy: General Mark Clark calls off the US 5th Army's offensive. The US and Royal Air Forces provide air support for the Allied ground troops.
MTO - Italy: A State of emergency is declared in Milan as unrest in northern Italy continues. The Germans take 1,750 hostages, machine guns are in the streets, and the 8 PM curfew enforced.
CBI - China: Day 2,323 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 14 of 49 of the Battle of West Changde.
PTO - New Guinea: Day 58 of 219 of the Battle of Shaggy Ridge.
PTO - New Guinea: Day 55 of 162 of the Battle of the Huon Peninsula.
PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 15 of 295 of the Battle of the Bougainville Islands.
1944 — , November 15
ETO - France: Day 107 of 284 of the Battle of Brittany.
ETO - France: Day 62 of 236 of the Siege of Dunkirk.
ETO - Germany: Day 58 of 145 of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest.
Russian Front - Finland: Day 62 of 223 of the Lapland War. Finland and Russia have joined forces to kick the Germans out of Finland's most northern province.
Russian Front - Center: Day 32 of 206 of the Battle of the Courland Pocket in Latvia.
Russian Front - Center: Day 25 of 99 of the Siege of Memel, a border town of Lithuania and East Prussia.
Russian Front - Center: Day 63 of 72 of the Battle into East Prussia and northern Poland.
Russian Front - South: Day 18 of 108 of the Battle of Budapest, Hungary.
Russian Front - South: Day 63 of 72 of the Battle of Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
MTO: US 15th Air Force B-17s and B-24s attack targets in Austria and Yugoslavia.
MTO - Italy: US and Royal Air Forces provides air support for the Allied ground units.
CBI - Burma: Day 229 of 302 of the Chinese Salween Offensive in Burma.
CBI - Burma: Day 2 of 31 of the Battle of Bhamo.
CBI - China: Day 2,689 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 213 of 259 of Japan's Operation ICHI-GO.
PTO - New Guinea: Day 324 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain.
PTO - New Guinea: Day 208 of 481 of the Battle of Western New Guinea.
PTO - Palau Islands: Day 62 of 74 of the Battle of Peleliu (Operation STALEMATE II).
PTO - Philippines: Day 27 of 299 of the 2nd Battle of the Philippines, aka the Liberation of the Philippines or the Philippines Campaign.
PTO - Philippines: Day 27 of 73 of the Battle of Leyte.
PTO - Philippines: Day 5 of 41 of the Naval Battle of Ormoc Bay.
Day-By-Day listings for November 15 were last modified on Wednesday, January 27, 2016