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.
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.
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06 Feb 41: Lt Gen Rommel appointed commander of the Afrika Korps
12 Feb 41: Rommel arrives in Tripoli with his Afrika Korps
19 Mar 41: Hitler tells Rommel not to expect reinforcements in Libya until May
24 Mar 41: Rommel begins his North African offensive
15 Aug 41: Panzer Group Afrika is activated with Rommel in command
17 Nov 41: British mission to kill Rommel fails because he is away in Rome
22 Jun 42: Rommel is promoted to the rank of Field Marshal
03 Nov 42: Hitler orders Rommel's Afrika Korps to stand and fight
09 Mar 43: Rommel leaves North Africa for reasons of health
11 Mar 43: Rommel receives Diamonds to his Knight's Cross medal
12 Dec 43: Rommel takes command of northern coastal defenses
15 May 44: Rommel invited to anti-Hitler meeting, but does not attend
05 Jun 44: Rommel goes back to Germany for his wife's birthday
29 Jun 44: Rommel urges Hitler to pursue peace, which he rejects
15 Jul 44: Rommel writes to Hitler, again urging he sue for peace
17 Jul 44: Rommel is wounded when his staff car is strafed
14 Oct 44: By Hitler's order, Rommel is forced to commit suicide
18 Oct 44: Funeral service is held for Field Marshal Erwin Rommel