1 Dec 1936
  • Mutsu was assigned to Japanese Navy Battleship Division 1. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The keel of battleship Jean Bart was laid down. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Kanae Kozaka was promoted to the rank of captain and remained the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Mitsumasa Yonai was named the commander-in-chief of the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hiroaki Abe became the commanding officer of cruiser Jintsu. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Germany a law against economic sabotage made it a capital offence for any German citizen to "inflict serious harm on the German economy." In addition, black-marketeering, smuggling, currency fraud and even unauthorised price increases were covered by the new law and could result in long prison sentences on conviction. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Thomas Holcomb was promoted to the rank of major general and was appointed the 17th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, relieving Major General John H. Russell, Jr. who had reached the statutory retirement age. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was named the commanding officer of the 8th Cruiser Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Masaichi Maeda succeeded Admiral Hideho Wada as the commanding officer of the Ryojun Military Port (previously known as Port Arthur; now Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China), Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Germany a new law made it compulsory for all eligible ethnic German juveniles to become a member of the Hitler Youth or League of German Girls organisations. ww2dbase [AC]
Japan Korea
  • Lieutenant General Seiichi Kuno was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Keitaro Hara was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea; Rear Admiral Junichi Mizuno was named the chief of staff. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Shigeyoshi Miwa was named the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]

1 Dec 1936 Interactive Map

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

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