Japanese enter Nanning
Friday, November 24, 1939 www.onwar.com
In China... Japanese forces enter the strategically important city of Nanning, despite fierce resistance by some 100,000 Chinese Nationalist troops. Loss of the city represents a setback for the Chinese winter offensive and the first Japanese victory since forces advanced west into Kwangsi province in a bid to break Chinese links with Indochina.
In Germany... The government takes in trust the property and financial interests of Fritz Thyssen — the iron and steel magnate and a key supporter of Hitler in earlier years — who fled to Switzerland in September 1939.
In London... The government of Belgium addresses a note to the British government concerning British reprisals against German mine-laying.
In Britain... On the Yorkshire coast, over 200 drifting mines wash ashore.
In the North Atlantic... Five survivors of the Dutch tanker Sliedrecht sunk by a U-boat, are picked up after 7 days in an open boat.
“Japanese enter Nanning”
Setting the stage for one of the greatest Defensive battles in history, next month during the Chinese Winter Offensive...
A single Regiment (Around 5,000 men, veterans of Manchuria) of the Japanese 5th Infantry Division will secure the mountain pass north of Nanning, and over the course of several days in mid-December will be attacked by over 75,000 Chinese troops, including the largest use of Tanks ever in China.
They will be wiped out almost to the man, but take 27,000+ Chinese with them.
If someone in Washington had been paying attention, this was a sign of things to come.