December 1941

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  Axis Dec-41 Allied
Vichy France Romania Italy Germany Total Class Total Great Britain Free France Soviet UnionCanada AustraliaNew Zealand PolandNetherlands Norway
3 0 5 2 7 Battleship 15 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 Fleet Carrier 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 Light Carrier 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 3 2 5 Heavy Cruiser 17 11 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0
9 0 11 3 14 Light Cruiser 50 34 0 2 0 3 3 0 5 3
51 7 71 44 122 Destroyer 265 156 14 48 14 8 0 4 8 4
58 1 78 180 259 Submarine 286 59 6 192 0 0 0 3 20 0
1 0 0 0 0 Escort Carrier 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 3 26 9 38 Escorts 286 189 13 15 61 3 0 2 0 3
3 0 0 5 5 Other 39 29 0 0 4 3 1 0 0 1

 

AlliedNeutral
ClassGreece Yugoslavia USAJapan Argentina Brazil ChileColumbiaPeru DenmarkSweden Portugal SpainTurkey Thailand
Battleship 0 0 14 10 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Fleet Carrier 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carrier 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruiser 0 0 19 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Light Cruiser 0 0 19 18 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0
Destroyer 9 0 179 113 15 7 8 2 2 0 15 5 16 6 8
Submarine 5 1 111 64 3 4 9 0 4 8 20 3 4 8 4
Escort Carrier 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Escorts 0 0 0 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Other 1 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 2 7 0 0 2 2

 

Monday 1st December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Alvise da Mosto Destroyer Lost Sunk by gunfire from British warships Aurora & Penelope, 75 miles NE of Tripoli, in the Mediterranean Sea, 33.53N 12.28E 01/12/1941  
Germany U-558 Submarine Damaged Damaged by depth charges from British Swordfish aircraft in the western approaches to Gibraltar, the boat was attempting to pass into the Mediterranean Sea on 01/12/1941  
 
Politics

Director of the new Office of Civilian Defense Fiorello H. La Guardia publishes Administrative Order 9 creating the Civil Air Patrol for U.S Coastal Patrol and naming its national commander Major General John F. Curry.

American President Franklin D. Roosevelt cut short his vacation in Warm Springs, Georgia and returned to Washington due to the critical situation in the Pacific

 
Other

Malta suffers its 1,000th bombing raid

Approximately 20,000 Stanisławów Jews were ordered into the Ghetto area, and non-Jews ordered out.

German SS officer Karl Jaegerleader of Einsatzkommando 3 (killing squad), reports "Lithuania clean of Jews" with some exceptions

 
Tuesday 2nd December 1941
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Politics

Japanese Prime Minister Tojo rejects "peace feelers" from the USA

American President Roosevelt sent Japan a request for an explanation for the heavy Japanese troop concentrations in French Indochina, exceeding the 25,000 agreed upon between Tokyo and Vichy France.

 
Military

German combat engineer patrol reaches the town of Khimki while scouting for a hole in the Russian defence perimeter around Moscow. It is the closest advance the Germans make to the Russian capital

The Soviet Red Army set up the Moscow Defence Zone.

Adolf Hitler issued Directive No. 38, ordering reinforcement of the Luftwaffe presence in the Mediterranean.

Japanese Rear Admiral Matome Ugaki received an order authorizing the Combined Fleet to attack any time after midnight on December 7, Japan time. Based on this order, Ugaki sent a wireless communication with the coded message "Climb Mount Niitaka", meaning the attacks were to go forward as planned

 
Wednesday 3rd December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
USA Bagley Destroyer Damaged Damaged her keel during anti-aircraft practice at sea off Hawaii. Her speed was limited to 10 knots & changed course for Oahu on 03/12/1941. Arrived at Pearl Harbor 04/12/1941. Berthed in dry-dock at Pearl Harbor 06/12/1941. During an attack by Japanese aircraft at Pearl Harbor she fired at several attacking aircraft. She left dry-dock that afternoon & patrolled off Honolulu 07/12/1941  
 
Thursday 4th December 1941
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Military

The temperature on the Moscow front falls to −31 °F (−37 °C), slowing the German offensive

Japanese invasion fleets departed from various locations for their destinations in British Malaya and Thailand.

Japanese aircraft scouted the American garrison on Wake Island undetected

 
Friday 5th December 1941
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Military

Germans forces call off the attack on Moscow, now 11 miles away. The Soviet Red Army launches counter-attacks during a heavy blizzard

 
Saturday 6th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Perseus Submarine Lost Mined by Italian mine, 7 miles N of Zante Island, Ionian Sea, 60 dead, 1 survivor, 37.54N 20.54E 06/12/1941  
Germany U-332 Submarine Damaged Damaged by depth charges from British Catalina aircraft 202 Squadron SW of Portugal 06/12/1941  
Soviet Union ShCh 204 Submarine Lost Lost probably mined off Bulgarian coast 42.53N 28.03E 06/12/1941  
 
Politics

The United Kingdom declares war on Finland, Hungary & Romania

 
Sunday 7th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
USA Arizona Battleship Lost Bombed by Nakajima B5N aircraft from Japanese warships Akagi & Kaga at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, the forward magazine exploded destroying the ship, 1,177 dead 07/12/1941
USA West Virginia Battleship Damaged Damaged by bombs & torpedoes from Nakajima B5N & Aichi B3A1 aircraft from Japanese warship Akagi, Hiryu, Kaga & Soryu at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, ship settled on harbour bottom on an even keel, engulfed in oil fires from surrounding ships, 100 dead 07/12/1941  
USA California Battleship Damaged Damaged by bombs & torpedoes from Nakajima B5N & Aichi B3A1 aircraft from Japanese warship Hiryu, Kaga & Soryu at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, causing extensive underwater damage, flooding & fires, 100 dead 07/12/1941. The ship settled on the bottom of the harbour with only her superstructure above the surface 10/12/1941. Refloated 25/031942. Arrived for repair Puget Sound Navy Yard 07/07/1942  
USA Nevada Battleship Damaged Damaged by bombs & torpedoes from Nakajima B5N & Aichi B3A1 Ryusei aircraft from Japanese warships Kaga & Soryu, the ship tried to escape to sea, but under a hail of bombs was run aground off Hospital Point, Pearl Harbor, 60 dead, 109 injured 07/12/1941  
USA Pennsylvania Battleship Damaged Damaged by bombs from Aichi B3A1 aircraft from Japanese warships, whilst in Dry Dock No. 1 at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, 29 dead, 38 injured 07/12/1941  
USA Maryland Battleship Damaged Damaged by bombs from Nakajima B5N & Aichi B3A1 Ryusei from Japanese warships Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu & Soryu at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, bombs caused fires & extensive flooding 07/12/1941. Ship trapped by capsized American warship Oklahoma  
USA Tennessee Battleship Damaged Damaged by bombs from Nakajima B5N aircraft from Japanese warships Akagi, Kaga & Soryu, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, hit by 2 bombs penetrating her armoured decks 07/12/1941. Ship trapped by capsized American warship Arizona was released 20/12/1942  
USA Oklahoma Battleship Lost Torpedoed by Nakajima B5N aircraft from Japanese warships Akagi, Hiryu & Kaga at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, the ship capsized & was only stopped when her masts touched the bottom, her starboard side & keel exposed, 429 dead 07/12/1941  
USA Honolulu Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss from Aichi B3A1 Ryusei aircraft from Japanese warships at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, the ship suffered minor damage on 07/12/1941  
USA Raleigh Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by bombs from Nakajima B5N & torpedoes from Aichi B3A1 Ryusei aircraft from Japanese warship Soryu, a bomb near misses flooding machine spaces at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii 07/12/1941  
USA Helena Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from Nakajima B5N aircraft from Japanese warships at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, engine & boiler room flooded, 20 dead 07/12/1941  
USA Shaw Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from Aichi B3A1 aircraft from Japanese warship whilst in dry dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, bombs caused fires which touched off forward magazine blowing bows off 07/12/1941  
USA Downes Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from aircraft from Japanese warship whilst in Dry Dock No. 1 at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, fires started from ruptured fuel & oil tanks 07/12/1941  
USA Cassin Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from aircraft from Japanese warship whilst in Dry Dock No. 1 at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, the ship slipped from her keel blocks & rested against American warship Downes 07/12/1941  
Germany U-208 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warships Harvester & Hesperus, in the North Atlantic W of Gibraltar, 45 dead, 0 survivors 35.51N 07.45W 07/12/1941  
Canada Windflower Corvette Lost Collision with Dutch freighter Zypenberg in dense fog off the Grand Banks, in the North Atlantic, whilst on convoy duty, 23 dead 46.19N 49.30W 07/12/1941  
 
Politics

Japan declares war on the United States of America and the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand & South Africa.Australia, New Zealand and Panama declare war on Finland, Romania and Hungary

Adolf Hitler issued the Nacht und Nebel ("Night and Fog") decree, targeting political dissidents for disappearances.

 
Military

Japan launched its invasion of British Malaya, at Kota Bharu, at 7:15 am Hawaiian Time (1:45 am 8 December Malaya time).

The Japanese launch surprise attack on Pearl Harbor began at 7:55 a.m. Hawaiian Time.

Japan invades Thailand and British Malaya and launches aerial attacks against Guam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Shanghai, Singapore and Wake Island.

Other

Football International: Germany 4-0 Slovakia, Sportpark Gräbschen, Breslau

 
Monday 8th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Japan Tama Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a storm off Kuril Islands 08/12/1941  
Japan Kiso Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a storm off Kuril Islands 08/12/1941  
 
Politics

United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Netherlands, Nicaragua and Philippines declare war on Japan. China declares war on Japan and Italy

American President Roosevelt made the Infamy Speech (with its famous opening line "Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy,") to a Joint Session of Congress. Within one hour the United States declared war on Japan. Lifelong pacifist Jeannette Rankin was the only member of Congress to vote against declaring war.

The British House of Commons convened on short notice in light of recent events. Winston Churchill made a speech concluding, "We have at least four-fifths of the population of the globe upon our side. We are responsible for their safety and their future. In the past we have had a light which flickered, in the present, we have a light which flames, and in the future, there will be a light which shines over all the land and sea.

 
Military

Japanese forces take the Gilbert Islands (which include Tarawa). Clark Field in the Philippines is bombed, and many American aircraft are destroyed on the ground.

Japanese troops attack Hong Kong and British Malaya

Japanese aircraft Bomb of Singapore, killing 61.

 
Tuesday 9th December 1941
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Wednesday 10th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Repulse Battleship Lost Bombed & torpedoed by Japanese Mitsubishi G4M 'Betty' aircraft, SE of Kuantan, Malaya, South China Sea, 2 bombs caused serious damage & fires, the ship was finished off by massed torpedo attacks, 513 dead, 796 survivors 03.30N 104.30E 10/12/1941  
Great Britain Prince of Wales Battleship Lost Bombed & torpedoed by Japanese Mitsubishi G4M 'Betty' aircraft, SE of Kuantan, Malaya, South China Sea, the ship was crippled by a torpedo hit at her stern, then finished off by more bombs & torpedoes, 327 dead, 03.30N 104.27E 10/12/1941
Japan I-70 Submarine Lost Bombed by American SBD of VS-6 aircraft from American warship Enterprise 121 miles northeast of Cape Halava, Molokai Island 10/12/1941  
 
Politics

Cuba and Guatemala declared war on Japan.

China formally declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy. The Second Sino-Japanese War had been undeclared up to this time despite being in its fifth year.

The Battle of Guam ended in Japanese victory.

 
Thursday 11th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Japan Natori Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss from American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft, N of Luzon, Philippines, near-miss on her port side caused flooding 10/12/1941. Temporary repair Mako 11/12/1941  
Japan Kisaragi Destroyer Lost Bombed by American F4F Wildcat Marine aircraft, 30 miles SW of Wake Island, in the Pacific Ocean, during the Battle of Wake Island, bombs hit stern of ship amongst its depth charges which exploded & sank 167 dead, 18.55N 166.17E 11/12/1941  
Japan Hayate Destroyer Lost Sunk by gunfire from American Marine shore batteries Wake Island, in the Pacific Ocean, during the Battle of Wake Island, ship's magazine hit & exploded, she broke in two & sank. 168 dead, 19.16N 166.37E 11/12/1941  
Italy Ammiraglio Caracciolo Submarine Lost Scuttled to avoid capture after being damaged in engagement with British warship Farndale off Bardia 11/12/1941  
Italy Alcione Destroyer Escort Lost Damaged by a torpedo from British submarine Truant N of Crete, the stern was blown, she was towed & beached off Crete 35.29N 24.11E 11/12/1941  
 
Politics

Germany declared war on the United States. Hitler gave a speech to the Reichstag announcing the declaration of war.

Italy declared war on the United States. "The powers of the steel pact, Fascist Italy and Nationalist Socialist Germany, ever closely linked, participate from today on the side of heroic Japan against the United States of America," Benito Mussolini declared in a statement

Germany, Italy and Japan signed a new pact barring any of them from making a separate peace with the United States or Great Britain.

The Polish and Dutch government-in-exile declared war on Japan.

 
Military

American forces repel a Japanese landing attempt at Wake Island.

 
Other

The America First Committee held a special meeting and voted to dissolve itself. The organization expressed no regrets for its past activities and declared, "Our principles were right. Had they been followed, war could have been avoided.

Jews are rounded up in Lublin and interned in Majdanek concentration camp

Los Angeles had its first blackout of the war.

 
Friday 12th December 1941
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Politics

Romania and Bulgaria declares war on the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Haiti, El Salvador and Panama declared war on Germany and Italy.

 
Military

American forces seize French liner Normandie in New York City

Japanese landings on the southern Philippine Islands—Samar, Jolo, Mindanao

 
Other

At a meeting of high ranking officials of the Nazi Party, at the Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler declares the 'destruction of the Jewish race in Europe. Ordering the Holocaust, the genocide of all European Jews.

German Jews were forbidden to use public telephones.

 
Saturday 13th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Alberico da Barbiano Light Cruiser Lost Sunk by gunfire & torpedoes from British warships Sikh, Maori & Legion & Dutch warship Issac Sweers, during Battle of Cape Bon, 3 torpedoes devastated the ship, 900+ dead 13/12/1941  
Italy Alberto Di Giussano Light Cruiser Lost Sunk by gunfire & torpedoes from British warships Sikh, Maori & Legion & Dutch warship Issac Sweers, during Battle of Cape Bon, the ship burst into flames 900+ dead 13/12/1941  
Germany U-201 Submarine Damaged Damaged by an accidental explosion on boat in Brest harbour 2 dead 13/12/1941  
 
Politics

Hungary declared war on the United States of America

Great Britain, New Zealand and South Africa declared war on Bulgaria.

Honduras declared war on Germany and Italy.

 
Sunday 14th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Vittorio Veneto Battleship Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from British submarines Urge, in the Straits of Messina, in the Mediterranean Sea. Torpedo hit below her third turret, flooding the ship with 2,000 tons of water on 14/12/1941.  
Great Britain Galatea Light Cruiser Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-557, 30 miles NW of Alexandria, in the Mediterranean Sea, 469 dead, 100 survivors 31.12N 29.15E 14/12/1941  
 
Politics

The Independent State of Croatia declared war on the United States and Britain.

 
Monday 15th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-127 Submarine Lost Depth charged Australian warship Nestor, S of Cape Saint Vincent, near the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar, the boat was attempting to pass into the Mediterranean Sea, 51 dead 0 survivors 36.28N 09.12W 15/12/1941  
Netherlands O 16 Submarine Lost Mined by Japanese mine in the Gulf of Siam, the boat nearly broke in half & sank quickly, 41 dead, 1 survivor 03.10N 104.19E 15/12/1941  
 
Other

The largest of the Liepāja massacres began in Latvia. From this date through December 17 a total of 2,731 Jews and 23 communists were massacred by the Nazis.

 
Tuesday 16th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Illustrious Fleet Carrier Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Formidable, in extremely rough weather & low visibility, the bow of Illustrious ran into the stern of Formidable 16/12/1941. Arrived for repair Greenock 21/12/1941  
Great Britain Formidable Fleet Carrier Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Illustrious, in extremely rough weather & low visibility, the bow of Illustrious ran into the stern of Formidable 16/12/1941. Arrived for repair Belfast 21/12/1941  
Great Britain Thracian Destroyer Lost Damaged by Japanese Army aircraft off Hong Kong, 3 dead 16/12/1941. The ship ran aground between Repulse Bay and Deepwater Bay & sabotaged by the crew on 17/12/1941  
Germany U-557 Submarine Lost Accident rammed by Italian submarine Orione in the Mediterranean Sea, W of Crete, 43 dead, 0 survivors 35.31N, 23.19E, 16/12/1941  
 
Politics

The Czechoslovak government-in-exile declared war on all countries at war with the United States of America, the United Kingdom & the Soviet Union

 
Military

Erwin Rommel orders a withdrawal of German & Italian forces to El Agheila, where he had begun in March. He awaits reinforcements of men and tanks. Axis forces began to fall back to El Agheila, moving too quickly for the British 4th Armoured Brigade to outflank their retreat.

Japan forces invade Borneo.

 
Wednesday 17th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Japan Shinonome Destroyer Lost Sunk reason unknown either mined in British or Dutch, off Miri, Borneo or bombed by Dutch Martin B-10 aircraft off Borneo or bombed by Dutch Dornier Do-24 flying boat X-32, off Miri, Borneo, during the Japanese invasion of British Borneo. Blowing the stern of the ship & sank 0 survivors 04.24N 114.00E 17/12/1941  
Germany U-569 Submarine Damaged Damaged by depth charges by British Swordfish aircraft in the Straits of Gibraltar, the boat was attempting to pass into the Mediterranean Sea on 17/12/1941  
Germany U-131 Submarine Lost Damaged by strafing attack by Martlet aircraft 802 Squadron from British warship Audacity, during the Battle of Convoy HG 76. Submarine crash-dived to escape, but later forced to surface by depth charge attacks & sunk by gunfire from British warships Exmoor, Blankney, Stanley, Stork & Pentstemon NE of Madeira, 1 dead 46 survivors captured, 34.12N 13.35W 17/12/1941  
Japan Ro-66 Submarine Lost Collision with Japanese submarine Ro 62, 25 miles SW of Wake Island, in the Pacific Ocean, during the Battle of Wake Island, 63 dead 17/12/1941  
 
Politics

Albania declared war on the United States.

 
Military

The Siege of Sevastopol by German forces begins

Japanese forces invaded Penang Island, British Malaya

 
Thursday 18th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Valiant Battleship Damaged Damaged by limpet mines attached from Italian MAS human torpedo, in Alexandria harbour, the explosion caused major underwater damage & flooding under A turret 18/12/1941  
Great Britain Queen Elizabeth Battleship Damaged Damaged by limpet mines attached from Italian MAS human torpedo, in Alexandria harbour, the explosion caused major underwater damage, leaving the ship resting on harbour bottom 18/12/1941  
Great Britain Penelope Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by Italian mine, 20 miles N of Tripoli in the Mediterranean Sea 18/12/1941  
Great Britain Jervis Destroyer Damaged Damaged by limpet mines attached from Italian MAS human torpedo to tanker Sagona, in Alexandria harbour, explosion to tanker also damaged Jervis laying alongside to take on fuel 18/12/1941  
Germany U-434 Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charges from British warships Blankney & Stanley in the North Atlantic, N of Madeira, during Battle of Convoy HG 76. The boat was forced to the surface as it was flooding & her crew abandoned the ship, 2 dead, 42 survivors captured 36.15N 15.48W 18/12/1941  
 
Military

Blenheim aircraft conducted the first-night intruder attack, successfully striking Soesterberg airfield in the Netherlands with bombs and attacking two German bombers in the air with guns

Japanese forces land on Hong Kong Island.

The S-1 Committee, a forerunner of the Manhattan Project, formally met in Washington DC, for the first time and recommended that $400,000 be assigned to Ernest Lawrence's work in electromagnetic isotope separation.

 
Friday 19th December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Aurora Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a German mine in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Libyan coast, a mine exploded on the port side causing severe flooding & structural damage on 19/12/1941  
Norway Neptune Light Cruiser Lost Mined by an Italian mine, 20 miles off Tripoli, in the Mediterranean Sea, the ship was disabled by the first mine & she drifted further into the minefield, the second mine destroyed propellers & rudder. British warships Kandahar & Lively went to help, but after Kandahar hit a mine Lively was signalled to keep clear, subsequent mines caused Neptune to capsize & sink, 763 dead, 1 survivor captured 33.15N 13.30E 19/12/1941  
Great Britain Stanley Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-574, W of Lisbon, in the North Atlantic, during Battle of Convoy HG 76. The ship sank after the explosion with heavy loss of life, 38.12N 17.23W 19/12/1941  
USA Craven Destroyer Damaged Damaged her bow in heavy seas whilst escorting an American Task Force taking aircraft to Wake Island, in the Pacific Ocean 19/12/1941  
Germany U-574 Submarine Lost Depth charged & rammed by British warship Stork, in the North Atlantic, N of Madeira, during Battle of Convoy HG 76. The boat was sighted by British warships Stanley & Stork on the surface. Stanley was torpedoed by U-574 which then crash-dived. Depth charge attacks from Stork forced the boat to the surface. U-boat & Stork circled three times before Stork rammed her pushing the boat over. As Stork moved away she dropped more depth charges that sank the boat, 28 dead, 16 survivors captured 38.12N 17.23W 19/12/1941  
Netherlands O 20 Submarine Lost Sunk by gunfire after being damaged by depth charges from Japanese warship Uranami, 25 miles E of Kota Bharu, E coast of Malaya, 7 dead, 32 survivors captured 19/12/1941  
Great Britain Cornflower Sloop Scuttled Scuttled in Deepwater Bay, Singapore to avoid capture by Japanese 19/12/1941  
 
Military

Adolf Hitler relieved Walther von Brauchitsch as Commander-in-Chief of the German Army and took personal command himself. A proclamation announcing the move was published two days later.

 
Other

World Lightweight Boxing Title Sammy Angott (USA) beat Lew Jenkins (USA) Pts 15, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

 
Saturday 20th December 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Kandahar Destroyer Lost Damaged by Italian mine, 20 miles N of Tripoli whilst going alongside mined New Zealand warship Neptune 33.15N 13.30E 19/12/1941. Scuttled by a torpedo from British warship Jaguar 20/12/1941  
 
Politics

The Belgian government in exile declared war on Japan.

 
Military

The battle for Wake Island continued with several Japanese ships sunk or damaged.

 
Other

Stanisławów Ghetto officially closed from the outside and sealed with walls

Vilna Ghetto 400 Jews were killed by Lithuanian militias inside the ghetto.

The Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Joseph Goebbels announces a winter clothing collection drive for troops on the Eastern Front. Rather than admitting to a supply shortage, he presented it as an expression of solidarity between the soldiers and the homeland.

 
Sunday 21st December 1941
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Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-567 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warships Deptford & Samphire, in the North Atlantic, NE of the Azores, during Battle of Convoy HG 76, 47 dead, 0 survivors, 46.02N 20.10W 21/12/1941  
Netherlands K XVII Submarine Lost Mined by Japanese mine in the Gulf of Siam, 36 dead, 0 survivors 21/12/1941  
Great Britain Audacity Escort Carrier Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-751, 500 miles NW of Cape Finisterre, in the North Atlantic, during the Battle of Convoy HG 76. Torpedo flooded engine room & ship sank stern first, the second torpedo ignited petrol causing huge explosion 43.45N 19.54W 21/12/1941  
 
Military

Japanese forces invade Lingayen Gulf and Lamon Bay.

 
Other

During the siege of Leningrad; it is estimated that about 3,000 are dying each day of starvation and various diseases.

The inmates at Bogdanovka concentration camp are massacred to quell an outbreak of typhus. Roughly 40,000 die.

Romanian and German units began murdering the inmates of the Bogdanovka concentration camp. By the end of the year, 30,000 Jews would be killed.

 
Monday 22nd December 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Stork Sloop Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Dartford, damaging her stem structure 22/12/1941  
 
Military

The Japanese forces land at Lingayen Gulf, on the northern part of Luzon in the Philippines

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. aboard the Duke of York after a secret ten-day journey across the Atlantic. Start of the Arcadia Conference in Washington, D.C., the first official meeting of British and American political and military leaders

 
Tuesday 23rd December 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-79 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warships Hasty & Hotspur in the Mediterranean Sea N of Sollum, 0 dead, 44 survivors captured 32.15N 25.19E 23/12/1941  
 
Military

General MacArthur declares Manila an "Open City".

Japanese forces land on Sarawak.

A second Japanese landing attempt on Wake Island is successful, and the American garrison surrenders after hours of fighting.

 
Wednesday 24th December 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Japan Sagiri Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by Dutch submarine K 16, off Kuching, Sarawak 014'34N 110.21E 121 dead 24/12/1941  
Great Britain H 31 Submarine Lost Missing presumed lost in the Bay of Biscay possibly mine British / German 24/12/1941  
Great Britain Salvia Corvette Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-568, 100 miles W of Alexandria, in the Mediterranean Sea, no survivors 31.46N 28.00E 24/12/1941  
 
Politics

Haiti declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.

 
Military

American forces retreat into the Bataan Peninsula.

Japanese aircraft bomb Rangoon.

All Jewish ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe are required to gather all fur coats or other furs from the Jews

Free French liberate Saint Pierre and Miquelon from Vichy France.

 
Thursday 25th December 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Netherlands K XVI Submarine Lost Torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-66, 60 miles NW of Kuching, South China Sea, 36 dead, 0 survivors 02.30N 109.50E 25/12/1941  
 
Military

British forces surrender Hong Kong to Japanese forces

British Empire forces retake Benghazi.

 
Friday 26th December 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Japan Murasame Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with Japanese minesweeper W-20, in Takao Harbour, Formosa 26/12/1941  
 
Politics

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed a joint meeting of the American Congress. He predicted that at least 18 months would be required to turn the tide of the war and warned that "many disappointments and unpleasant surprises await us.

Other

German Flyweight Boxing Title Hans Schiffers (Germany) beat Hubert Offermanns (Germany) Rsf 2, Stadthalle, Stuttgart.

 
Saturday 27th December 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Arethusa Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss from German aircraft, off the coast of Norway, during the British Raids on the Norwegian Lofoten Islands Operation Anklet. The ship suffered minor splinter damage on 27/12/1941  
Great Britain Kenya Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by gunfire from German shore battery during Operation Archery the Vaagso Raid, 4 dead, 4 injured 27/12/1941. The ship remained operational. Withdrawn for repair at Scapa Flow 01/01/1942  
 
Military

British and Norwegian Commandos raid the Norwegian port of Vågsøy, causing Hitler to reinforce the garrison and defences.

Sunday 28th December 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-75 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warship Kipling, in the Mediterranean Sea off Mersa Matruh, 14 dead, 30 survivors captured 31.50N 26.40E 28/12/1941  
 
Military

Japanese forces land on Dutch Sumatra.

 
Other

Football International: Spain 3-2 Switzerland, Mestalla Stadium, Valencia

 
Monday 29th December 1941
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Japan Ro-60 Submarine Lost Aground on a reef of the atoll Kwajalein 09.00N 167.30E 29/12/1941  
Japan I-54 Submarine Damaged Damaged by a storm off Cam Ranh Bay Naval Base, French Indochina 29/12/1941  
 
Other

Eddie Rickenbacker President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that the 1942 Indianapolis 500 was cancelled and that the race would not be held again until after the war.

 
Tuesday 30th December 1941
Daily Report
Politics

Winston Churchill made the "Chicken Speech" to the Canadian Parliament. About a comment made by Philippe Pétain that Britain would be invaded and "have its neck wrung like a chicken" by the Germans in three weeks, Churchill exclaimed, "Some chicken! Some neck!"

 
Military

The end of Operation Crusader, a victory for Allied forces in North Africa.

 
Wednesday 31st December 1941
Daily Report
Naval

 

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Japan Yamagumo Destroyer Damaged Damaged by Japanese mine, during landings in Lingayen Gulf. The ship was moored alongside Japanese repair ship Yamabiko Maru for emergency repair on 31/12/1941. Arrived under tow at Hong Kong for more repair 09/02/1942. Arrived at Yokosuka 07/04/1942  
 
Other

European Lightweight Boxing Title Bruno Bistezo (Italy) beat Ascenzo Botta (Italy) Pts 12, Brancaccio Theatre, Rome.