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1931 — , November 27

  • CBI - China: Day 71 of 154 of the Japanese Invasion of Manchuria.

1936 — , November 27

  • Spain: Day 134 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.

1937 — , November 27

  • Spain: Day 499 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 144 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.

1938 — , November 27

  • Spain: Day 864 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
  • CBI - China: Day 509 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 47 of 81 of Japan's Operation GUANGDONG.

1939 — , November 27

  • UK: Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand establish the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS), the single largest aviation training program in history.
    Spotlight...

    Airmen under the Empire Air Training Scheme
    leave Australia for Canada

    The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, also known as the Empire Air Training Scheme, Empire Air Training Plan, Joint Air Training Scheme, or simply "The Plan", was a massive air-training program involving Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Southern Rhodesia during World War II. After negotiations with the American government, the plan was then expanded to include the United States.

    The Empire Air Training Scheme was responsible for training nearly half the pilots, navigators, bomb aimers, gunners, wireless operators and flight engineers of the Commonwealth air forces to fight the Luftwaffe during the war.

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  • Sweden - Norway: The Nobel Committee announces cancellation of the Peace Prize, which will not be awarded again until 1944.
  • Atlantic: German battlecruisers SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU put in to Wilhelmshaven after returning from their successful sortie in the North Atlantic.
  • CBI - China: Day 874 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 13 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.

1940 — , November 27

  • ETO - UK: Day 83 of 258 of the Blitz.
  • Romania: Romanian extremist group Iron Guard begins a murder campaign with 64 executions.
  • MTO: After a short naval engagement, the British Navy chases off the Italian Navy near Gibraltar.
  • East Africa: Day 171 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,240 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 378 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.
    • Day 3 of 6 of the Battle of Han River.
  • CBI - Thailand: Day 58 of 221 of the Franco-Thai War (Vichy France vs Thailand).

1941 — , November 27

  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 159 of 164 of the Battle of Hanko. The Soviets will be forced off their leased naval base.
  • Russian Front: Day 159 of 167 of Germany's Operation BARBAROSSA.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 81 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 57 of 98 of the Battle of Moscow. German Panzers are only 19 miles from Moscow, Russia. Some armed patrols have penetrated in to the western suburbs of the city and have managed to get a good look at the Kremlin.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 29 of 248 of the Siege of Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula.
  • MTO - Libya: Day 232 of 256 of the Siege of Tobruk. New Zealand troops at Sidi Azeiz are defeated by an overwhelming advance of Panzers and German infantry.
  • East Africa: Day 536 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,605 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • CBI - Japan: Ten days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Prime Minister Hideki Tojo rejects the US demand for their withdrawal of forces from China. US Pacific forces are put on war alert.

1942 — , November 27

  • USA - Arizona: A violent confrontation in Phoenix between local police and African-American soldiers of the 364th Infantry Regiment and 733rd Military Police Battalion results in three dead (2 soldiers) and 11 wounded (mostly civilians).
  • ETO - France: Continuing their occupation of Vichy France, German troops take the naval base of Toulon. As the Germans enter, the French Navy scuttles 79 of their warships and escapes with four of their submarines.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 446 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 9 of 59 of the Battle of Velikiye Luki, near Leningrad. This stalemate does help ease the siege a little, but mostly it keeps German troops from being sent to other fronts.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 207 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 - Center: Day 4 of 21 of the Battle of Sychevka, Russia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 3 of 26 of the 2nd Battle of Rzhev-Sychevka, Russia, launched by the Soviets as Operation MARS.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 3 of 22 of the Battle of Belyi, Russia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 3 of 17 of the Battle of Luchesa (Vitebsk), Russia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 3 of 29 of the Battle of Molodoi Tud River, Russia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 98 of 165 of the Battle of Stalingrad, bloodiest battle in human history.
  • MTO - Tunisia: Day 11 of 178 of the Battle of Tunisia. The British 1st Army advance is stopped between Terbourba and Djedeida, 12 miles from Tunis, by an Axis counterattack. US 9th and 12th Air Forces provide air support.
  • MTO - Libya: US 9th and 12th Air Forces provide air support.
  • CBI - China: Day 1,970 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
  • PTO - Alaska: Day 174 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands. The US and Canada will defeat the Japanese invaders.
  • PTO - Malaya: Day 282 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island, a long guerrilla war ending in Japanese victory.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 9 of 66 of the Battle of Buna-Gona.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 113 of 187 of the Battle of Guadalcanal.

1943 — , November 27

  • Russian Front - North: Day 811 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
  • Russian Front - North: Day 572 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 96 of 122 of the Battle of the Lower Dnieper River, USSR.
  • MTO - Italy: The British 8th Army begins an offensive across the Sangro river. The US and Royal Air Forces provides air support for the ground troops.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,335 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 26 of 49 of the Battle of West Changde.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 70 of 219 of the Battle of Shaggy Ridge.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 67 of 162 of the Battle of the Huon Peninsula.
  • PTO - Solomon Islands: Day 27 of 295 of the Battle of the Bougainville Islands.

1944 — , November 27

  • Atlantic: The German prisoner transport ship RIGEL is sunk by planes from the British carrier HMS IMPLACABLE. Over 2,570 are drowned. Unknown to the Brits, most of them are Russian POWs.
  • ETO - France: Day 119 of 284 of the Battle of Brittany.
  • ETO - France: Day 74 of 236 of the Siege of Dunkirk.
  • ETO - Germany: Day 70 of 145 of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest.
  • ETO - Germany: US 8th Air Force heavy bombers attack marshalling yards in Germany.
  • Russian Front - Finland: Day 74 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 44 of 206 of the Battle of the Courland Pocket in Latvia.
  • Russian Front - Center: Day 37 of 99 of the Siege of Memel, a border town of Lithuania and East Prussia.
  • Russian Front - South: Day 30 of 108 of the Battle of Budapest, Hungary. The Soviet Army breaks through the German-Hungarian defensive lines and captures Mohacs.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 241 of 302 of the Chinese Salween Offensive.
  • CBI - Burma: Day 14 of 31 of the Battle of Bhamo.
  • CBI - China: Day 2,701 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
    • Day 225 of 259 of Japan's Operation ICHI-GO.
  • PTO - Japan: B-29 bombers pound Tokyo, but this time the Japanese reply with raids against the US airbases on Saipan.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 336 of 597 of the Battle of New Britain.
  • PTO - New Guinea: Day 220 of 481 of the Battle of Western New Guinea.
  • PTO - Palau Islands: Day 74 of 74 of the Battle of Peleliu (Operation STALEMATE II). The battle results in an Allied victory as the last Japanese resistance in Peleliu ends. 14,000 Japanese have been killed or captured for 9,300 US casualties.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 39 of 299 of the 2nd Battle of the Philippines, aka the Liberation of the Philippines or the Philippines Campaign.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 39 of 73 of the Battle of Leyte.
  • PTO - Philippines: Day 17 of 41 of the Naval Battle of Ormoc Bay.

Day-By-Day listings for November 27 were last modified on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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