3 Dec 1944
  • USS Sea Cat claimed sinking of a 10,000-ton Japanese ship; the credit was removed after the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Third Army armored units penetrated the German Westwall defenses near Saarlautern, Germany. Meanwhile, the British 2nd Army mopped up the last German resistance west of the River Maas. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Communist-controlled National Liberation Front (EAM) party in Greece staged a large demonstration in Athens, which broke out in violence; 28 were killed and 148 were injured. EAM forces attempted further attacks on government forces, but they were largely defeated jointly by British and Greek government forces by Jan 1945. This was to be a prelude episode to the 1946-1949 Greek civil war. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The British Home Guard was ordered to stand down. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Blerick, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer USS Cooper was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese destroyer Take in the Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Indian 20th Division crossed the Chindwin River into Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Anton Thernes, former deputy commandant of Majdanek Concentration Camp, and two camp administrations were executed by hanging. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • USS Springer departed San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Dec 1944
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery making his first visit onto German soil in the village of Hillensberg, 3 Dec 1944. Note the censorís cropping marks on the photograph.

3 Dec 1944 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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