1 Dec 1942
  • USS Arizona was struck from the Naval Vessel Register. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Armidale was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Stuart was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Army Lieutenant General Eichelberger was ordered to Papau, New Guinea, to capture Buna. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US 1st Marine Aviation Engineer Battalion relieved the US 6th Naval Construction Battalion on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was named the commanding officer of IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 5. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen was named the commanding officer of 1st Mountain Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands Poland
  • Germany established the Camp for the custody of Polish youth in Lodz (Polen-Jugendverwahrlager Litzmannstadt), Poland. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet Navy Commissar Nikolai Kuznetsov wrote to the Military Council of the Black Sea Fleet demanding a report on why so many servicemen were being arrested on false charges. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German 10th Panzer Division launched a counterattack in Tunisia, pushing back British 11th Brigade. Meanwhile, British 2nd Parachute Brigade crossed Miliane River south of Oudna airfield and continued northwest toward El Fedja. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The "Grado" Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy was attached to German Army units in Tunisia. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Ira Eaker was named the commanding officer of the US Eighth Air Force in Britain, replacing Carl Spaatz. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1942
USS Minneapolis in Tulagi, Solomon Islands, under repair for torpedo damage received during Battle of Tassafaronga, 1 Dec 1942; note her bow being cut awayInjured man aboard USS Minneapolis, 1 Dec 1942German woman working in an office in Minsk, Byelorussia, 1-2 Dec 1942Soviet snipers moving amongst ruined buildings in Stalingrad, Russia, 1 Dec 1942
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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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