30 Dec 1941
  • USS Maryland arrived at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tennessee arrived at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, United States for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-1 shelled Hilo, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 5-inch and 3-inch anti-aircraft batteries and 16 machine guns, along with their crew, arrived at Johnston Atoll. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • General Sir Archibald Wavell assumed command of the newly created ABDA Command (American-British-Dutch-Australian) with his headquarters in Java, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Winston Churchill spoke to the Canadian Parliament. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Kaluga, Russia near Moscow. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Three British Blenheim aircraft from Singapore airdropped 900 pounds of food and ammunition over Singkawang II airfield in Dutch Borneo for the British, Dutch, and Indian troops there. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Lingayen Force captured Tarlac on Luzon, Philippine Islands; American and Filipino forces fell back to the Bamban-Sibul Springs Line, the final defensive line north of Manila. South of Manila, the Japanese 16th Division reached the Laguna De Bay lake. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 8,000 troops of the 9th Brigade of the Japanese 5th Division launched probing attacks on Kampar on the west coast of British Malaya. On the east coast, Japanese troops attacked the defensive positions north of the Kuantan River, whose defenders were confused by inaccurate intelligence that the Japanese were to land from the sea behind them. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German and British tanks clashed near El Haseiat, Libya; the Germans destroyed 65 tanks at the loss of only 30. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ernest King was officially sworn in as the Commander-in-Chief of US Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • American submarine Thresher departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for the Marshall Islands and the Mariana Islands region. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Philippines
  • Sergio Osmeña was sworn in as the Vice President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines at the west entrance of the Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Manuel Quezon was sworn in as the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines at the west entrance of the Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Russia
  • Soivet cruiser Molotov departed from Sevastopol, Russia with 600 wounded men on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops retreated from Kerch, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 10,000 Jews were massacred in Simferopol, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Yorktown arrived at San Diego, California, United States after a 15-day trip from Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Dec 1941
A British soldier wounded during fighting in Malaya was being put onto an ambulance in Singapore, circa Dec 1941 to Jan 1942

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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