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12 November 1944

 

The RAF launches Operation Catechism, the final of a series of attempts to sink the German battleship Tirpitz.

 

A force of 32 Lancasters drop 29 Tallboy bombs on the battleship, moored off Hakoya island, near Tromso, in Norway.

 

She is struck by two bombs, and a near miss, and soon capsizes.

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19 November 1941

 

The Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney and German auxiliary cruiser HSK Kormoran meet off Dirk Hartog island, Western Australia, and engage in a 30 minute battle that results in their mutual destruction.

 

Sydney is lost with all hands, being the largest loss of life in the history of the Royal Australian Navy and the largest Allied warship lost with all hands during World War II.

 

The wreck of Kormoran is located on 12 March 2008, followed by Sydney five days later.

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24 November 2013

 

In Geneva, Iran signs an interim agreement with the P5+1 countries, consisting of a short term freeze of parts of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for reduced economic sanctions.

 

The agreement is due to expire at 2300 UTC on Monday, 24 November 2014.

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25 November 1952

 

After 42 days of fighting, American and South Korean units abandon their attempt to seize control of Triangle Hill and nearby Sniper Ridge, giving victory to the Chinese People's Volunteer Army (albeit at a cost of heavy Chinese casualties).

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26 November 1939

 

The Soviet Army shells the Russian village of Mainila near the Finnish border, blaming the Finns and orchestrating an incident which is used to justify the start of the Winter War with Finland four days later.

 

CV32: This historical series has now come full circle, and I hope you have enjoyed it. :)

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