2 Dec 1941
  • HMS Prince of Wales arrived at Singapore. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Repulse arrived at Singapore. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Edward Rydz-Śmigły passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Motorcycle patrols from the German 2nd Panzer Division at Moscow, Russia reached Khimki and claimed that they were as close as 10 miles northwest from the Kremlin. The 2nd Panzer Division, however, was unable gather enough strength to exploit the weakly defended lines that the reconnaissance troops discovered. To the west, additional Soviet reinforcements reached Naro-Fominsk. To the south of Moscow, another German attack on Tula cut the Tula-Moscow rail line. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US PBY Catalina patrol aircraft reported 20 Japanese transports congregating in Cam Ranh Bay off Indochina. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Prime Minister Churchill's new National Service Bill included compulsory service for women. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German submarine U-43 torpedoed and sank the unarmed US tanker Astral with a crew of 37. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troopships Iosif Stalin and Maya, along with a number of other warships and transport vessels, departed Hanko, Finland with the last of the 12,000 troops aboard. This marked the final Soviet evacuation from Finnish territory occupied by the Soviet Union at the conclusion of the Winter War. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Japanese embassies in United States, Britain, Canada, the Netherlands, and Philippine Islands were ordered to destroy certain documents and code books. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese carrier fleet refueled in the North Pacific at 42 degrees north and 170 degrees east; at 2000 hours, the code "Niitaka Yama Noboru 1208" was issued, indicating that the attack on Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii was to be launched on 8 Dec 1941 Tokyo time, 7 Dec on the other side of the international date line. Meanwhile, at Pearl Harbor, Admiral Husband Kimmel was briefed of the disposition of the Japanese fleet, with the whereabouts of Carrier Division 1 and Carrier Division 2 (four fleet carriers total) not known; the best American guess was that they were at Kure, Japan. Finally, at Honolulu, Hawaii, Consul-General Nagao Kita was asked to provide a report regarding the presence of any barrage balloons or torpedo nets. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Axis attack on Tobruk, Libya that began on 30 Nov 1941 was halted as Axis tank losses reached such a level that repairs must be made before any further operations were possible. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-562 sank British ship Grelhead in the Atlantic Ocean 2 miles off Morocco at 0119 hours; 41 were killed, 2 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-557 sank Norwegian ship Fjord east of Gibraltar at 2033 hours; 14 were killed, 22 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-43 attacked US tanker Astral near the Azores islands just after 0000 hours; all torpedoes missed. At 0924 hours, U-43 attacked Astral again, destroying the tanker with two torpedo hits; all 37 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Yokohama, Japan for San Francisco, ostensibly for the second repatriation voyage to bring Japanese nationals in the United States to Japan. Her planned voyage would take her to Honolulu and San Francisco in the United States, then Manzanillo in Mexico, followed by Balboa in the Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Marshall Islands Pacific Ocean
  • American submarine USS Trout began a "simulated war patrol" off Midway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Dec 1941
British Royal Navy Rear Admiral Arthur Palliser and Admiral Sir Thomas Philips at Singapore, 2 Dec 1941Overhead view of Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, Oahu, Hawaii, Dec 2, 1941. The lines painted on the runway were to approximate a carrier’s flight deck.

2 Dec 1941 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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