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1931 — , November 17

  • CBI - China: Day 61 of 154 of the Japanese Invasion of Manchuria.

1936 — , November 17

  • Spain: Day 124 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 29 of 29 of the 1st Battle of Suiyuan. The battle results in a Chinese victory.

1937 — , November 17

  • Spain: Day 489 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 134 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 97 of 106 of the 2nd Battle of Shanghai.

1938 — , November 17

  • Spain: Day 854 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 499 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 37 of 81 of Japan's Operation GUANGDONG.

1939 — , November 17

  • Czechoslovakia: The funeral of martyred Czech student leader Jan Opletal (shot 28 Oct, died 11 Nov) becomes a 2nd large student demonstration against Nazi occupation. The Germans brutally suppress this one too, executing 9 students and sending 1200 to concentration camps.
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    17 Nov 39: Funeral of martyred Czech anti-Nazi-occupation student leader Jan Opletal

    Jan Opletal was a student of the Medical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague. On 28 Oct39 (anniversary of the independence of the Czechoslovak Republic) there were anti-Nazi demonstrations and riots in Prague, which were suppressed by Nazi forces. Jan Opletal was seriously wounded by a shot to his stomach, and later died on 11 Nov.

    His funeral, attended by several thousands of students, turned into another anti-Nazi demonstration. As a result, the Reichsprotektor (Nazi-representative in the puppet-state Bohemia and Moravia) closed all Czech universities and colleges, sent over 1200 students to concentration camps, and had nine students executed.

    Many Czech cities have streets named after Jan Opletal. November 17 is marked as International Students Day by the International Union of Students and other groups.

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  • ETO - Belgium: The Supreme Allied War Council decides that should Germany invade Belgium, they will defend her, but in fear of provoking the Germans the Belgian government refuses to cooperate.
  • CBI - China: Day 864 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 3 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.

1940 — , November 17

  • ETO - UK: Day 73 of 258 of the Blitz.
  • East Africa: Day 161 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,230 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 368 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.
  • CBI - Thailand: Day 48 of 221 of the Franco-Thai War (Vichy France vs Thailand).

1941 — , November 17

  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 142 of 142 of Operation SILVER FOX, a joint German-Finnish campaign to capture the Russian port of Murmansk in the Arctic. The Germans abandon the idea.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 140 of 140 of Operation ARCTIC FOX, a joint German-Finnish campaign against Soviet Northern Front defenses at Salla, Finland. The battle ends in a stalemate, as the German troops withdraw.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 149 of 164 of the Battle of Hanko. The Soviets will be forced off their leased naval base.
  • Russian Front: Day 149 of 167 of Germany's Operation BARBAROSSA.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 71 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 47 of 98 of the Battle of Moscow. Siberian troops are heavily engaged in the defense of the city.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 19 of 248 of the Siege of Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula.
  • MTO - Libya: Day 222 of 256 of the Siege of Tobruk. A daring British night commando raid to kill Rommel in his HQ fails only because Rommel is away on a visit to Rome.
  • East Africa: Day 526 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,595 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Chiang Kai-Shek urges the western democracies to take urgent action against Japan.

1942 — , November 16

  • ETO - France: US 8th Air Force B-17s and B-24s attack the submarine base at St Nazaire.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 436 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 197 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 143 of 150 of Germany's CASE BLUE, the failed offensive to take the Caucasus oil fields.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 87 of 165 of the Battle of Stalingrad, bloodiest battle in human history.
  • MTO - Tunisia: Day 1 of 178 of the Battle of Tunisia. US 1st Army clashes with Axis troops at Djebel Abiod. Elsewhere, British paratroopers engage other German troops.
  • MTO - Libya: US 9th Air Force P-40s fly patrols over Tobruk and the Derna road.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,960 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • PTO - Alaska: Day 164 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands. The US and Canada will defeat the Japanese invaders.
  • PTO - Malaya: Day 272 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island, a long guerrilla war ending in Japanese victory.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 103 of 187 of the Battle of Guadalcanal.

1943 — , November 17

  • ETO - UK: A storm of protest erupts in Britain over the release of Sir Oswald Mosley, the British fascist, due to health reasons.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 801 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 562 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 86 of 122 of the Battle of the Lower Dnieper River, USSR. The Soviet 60th Army takes Korosten, 100 miles west of Kiev.
  • MTO - Greece: US 15th Air Force B-17s bomb at Eleusis while 12th Air Force B-25s bomb the airfield at Kalamaki.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,325 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 16 of 49 of the Battle of West Changde.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 60 of 219 of the Battle of Shaggy Ridge.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 57 of 162 of the Battle of the Huon Peninsula.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 17 of 295 of the Battle of the Bougainville Islands.

1944 — , November 17

  • ETO - France: Day 109 of 284 of the Battle of Brittany.
  • ETO - France: Day 64 of 236 of the Siege of Dunkirk.
  • ETO - Germany: Day 60 of 145 of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 64 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 34 of 206 of the Battle of the Courland Pocket in Latvia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 27 of 99 of the Siege of Memel, a border town of Lithuania and East Prussia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 65 of 72 of the Battle into East Prussia and northern Poland.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 20 of 108 of the Battle of Budapest, Hungary.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 65 of 72 of the Battle of Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
  • MTO: US 15th Air Force B-17s and B-24s attack targets in Germany, Yugoslavia, Hungary and Austria.
  • MTO - Italy: US and Royal Air Forces provides air support for the Allied ground units.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 231 of 302 of the Chinese Salween Offensive.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 4 of 31 of the Battle of Bhamo.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,691 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 215 of 259 of Japan's Operation ICHI-GO.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 326 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 210 of 481 of the Battle of Western New Guinea.
  • PTO - Palau Islands: Day 64 of 74 of the Battle of Peleliu (Operation STALEMATE II).
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 29 of 299 of the 2nd Battle of the Philippines, aka the Liberation of the Philippines or the Philippines Campaign.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 29 of 73 of the Battle of Leyte.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 7 of 41 of the Naval Battle of Ormoc Bay.

Day-By-Day listings for November 17 were last modified on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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