6 Dec 1940
  • German armed merchant cruisers Komet and Orion stopped freighter Triona with gunfire 200 miles south of Nauru, killing 3 in the process. 54 crew and 7 passengers were taken off the ship before Orion sank Triona with a torpedo. German Navy admirals would later criticize this use of torpedo as a waste. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captured (by German armed merchant cruiser Atlantis on 10 Nov) Norwegian tanker Ole Jacob arrived in Japan, carrying aviation fuel and the captured crew of tanks Ole Jacob and Teddy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Santi Quaranta, Albania was taken by Greek forces. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Italian General Cavallero replaced Marshal Badoglio who had resigned at his own request. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Vichy France held a War Guilt trial, indicting Blum, Daladier, La Chambre, and Gamelin. ww2dbase [TH]
  • British submarine HMS Regulus hit a mine and sank in the Strait of Otranto between Italy and Albania; the entire crew of 55 were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Triton attacked and damaged Italian ship Olimpia 40 miles off Brindisi, Italy. Italian torpedo boats Altair and Andromeda counterattacked, but HMS Triton was able to escape unharmed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-43 sank Norwegian ship Skrim 400 miles west of Ireland at 2248 hours; the entire crew of 23 was killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German bombers attacked Bristol, England, United Kingdom overnight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British 7th Armoured Division, British 16th Infantry Brigade, and Indian 4th Infantry Division began preparing for Operation Compass in Egypt. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Flying Fish was laid down by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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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