November-December 1943

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November-December 1943


November 1 US Marines land near Cape Torokina on Bougainville, in the South Pacific's western Solomon Islands, as Allied forces tighten the noose around Japanese-held Rabaul, New Britain. November 2 Medium bombers of the US Fifth Air Force brave heavy antiaircraft fire to hammer Rabaul. November 3 At the Majdanek concentration camp outside Lublin, Poland, German troops begin executing some 17,000 Jews. November 6 Two years after German forces captured Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, Soviet troops liberate it. November 16 US Eighth Air Force bombers attack the German heavy water plant at Vermork, Norway. The facility was vital to Nazi efforts to produce an atomic bomb. November 18-19 Beginning a series of raids destined to shatter the German capital, 444 British Royal Air Force bombers attack Berlin. November 20 Operation Galvanic, the US invasion of the Central Pacific's Gilbert Islands, begins. While 27th Infantry GIs head for Makin to the north, the 2nd Marine Division begins a nasty three-day struggle for Betio, Tarawa Atoll. November 22 A year after declaring war on Italy and Germany, Brazil agrees to send 60,000 troops to Europe. November 22-26 In Egypt at the first Cairo Conference, US President Franklin Roosevelt, Chinese President General Chiang Kai-shek, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill agree that Japan must be stripped of all possessions it took from China since World War I. November 28-December 1 Roosevelt, Churchill, and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin meet at Tehran, Iran, to discuss the coming invasion of France and the Soviet Union's commitment to the fight against Japan. …

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