1 Dec 1897

Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu was promoted to the rank of lieutenant (jg) and was assigned to battleship Fuji. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
1 Dec 1909
  • Chuichi Nagumo was assigned to protected cruiser Niitaka. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
China
  • Rear Admiral Genzaburo Ogi replaced Vice Admiral Yasutaro Egashira as the chief of staff of Vice Admiral Baron Sadayasu Tomioka (Ryojun Naval District, northeastern China). ww2dbase [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
Japan
  • Hiroshi Nemoto was enrolled in the Japanese Army Academy. ww2dbase [Hiroshi Nemoto | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Chikakata Tamari was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]

1 Dec 1909 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1910

Canada China
  • Vice Admiral Hikohachi Yamada succeeded Vice Admiral Baron Sadayasu Tomioka as the commanding officer of the Ryojun Naval District (previously known as Port Arthur; now Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China), Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. Vice Admiral Tadamichi Kamaya was named Yamada's chief of staff. ww2dbase [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu was promoted to the rank of captain and was made the commanding officer of armored cruiser Asahi. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Hikojiro Ijichi was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]

1 Dec 1910 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1911
  • Chuichi Nagumo was promoted to the rank of sublieutenant. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
China
  • Rear Admiral Sukeshiro Hanabusa replaced Vice Admiral Tadamichi Kamaya as the chief of staff of Vice Admiral Hikohachi Yamada (Ryojun Naval District, northeastern China). ww2dbase [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Morihide Tanaka was named the Chief Equipping Officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Chayama was made the commanding officer of Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
  • Masaichi Niimi was promoted to the rank of sub-lieutenant. ww2dbase [Masaichi Niimi | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Kotaro Koizumi was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]

1 Dec 1911 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1912
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of ensign. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
China
  • Vice Admiral Hajime Sakamoto succeeded Vice Admiral Hikohachi Yamada as the commanding officer of the Ryojun Naval District (previously known as Port Arthur; now Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China), Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. Rear Admiral Sadaichi Hiraoka was named Sakamoto's chief of staff. ww2dbase [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu attended Japanese Navy War College. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
  • Captain Shibakichi Yamanaka was named the commanding officer of Settsu, and Settsu was assigned to Battleship Division 1. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
United States
  • Henry Arnold was transferred to the Aeronautical Division of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the US Army in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | Washington | CPC]

1 Dec 1912 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1913
  • Tamon Yamaguchi was promoted to the rank of ensign. ww2dbase [Tamon Yamaguchi | CPC]
Japan
  • Chuichi Nagumo enrolled at the Japanese naval war college. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • Kichisaburo Nomura was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | CPC]
  • Captain Takeshi Kimura was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Morishigeru Tanaka was made the commanding officer of Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Tadamichi Kamaya was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. Vice Admiral Kotaro Tanaka was named his Chief of Staff. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1913
The launching of battlecruiser Kirishima at the Mitsubishi Naval Shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, 1 Dec 1913

1 Dec 1913 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1914
  • Chuichi Nagumo was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was assigned to battleship Kirishima. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Yasujiro Nagata was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was promoted to the rank of ensign. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
  • Masaichi Niimi was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Masaichi Niimi | CPC]
1 Dec 1916
  • Chuichi Nagumo was attached to the Fourth Fleet. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
China
  • Admiral Teijiro Kuroi succeeded Vice Admiral Takeshi Takarabe 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 [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
Japan
  • Destroyer Kashi was launched at Maizuru Naval Arsenal, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Kashi | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
  • Prince Hiroyasu was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was promoted to the rank of ensign. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Captain Chikatami Honda was named the commanding officer of Settsu, and Settsu was placed in reserve at Kure, Japan for a scheduled period of refitting. ww2dbase [Kure Naval Arsenal | Settsu | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Tsuyoshi Kimura was made the commanding officer of Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was promoted to the rank of lieutenant (jg) and began the Gunnery School Basic Course. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Tatsuo Matsumura was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]

1 Dec 1916 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1917
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • Ise was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Ise | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was promoted to the rank of ensign and was assigned to battleship Kawachi. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
Japan
  • Nobutake Kondo enrolled at the Japanese Naval War College. ww2dbase [Nobutake Kondo | CPC]
  • Settsu completed a period of refitting and joined Battleship Division 2 of the First Fleet. Captain Sukejiro Inutsuka was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
Korea

1 Dec 1917 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1918
  • Tamon Yamaguchi was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Tamon Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo studied an advanced course at the Japanese naval war college. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • The Danish-Icelandic Act of Union was signed, establishing Iceland as a fully sovereign state in a personal union with Denmark for 25 years. ww2dbase [CPC]
China
  • Vice Admiral Tatsuo Matsumura succeeded Admiral Teijiro Kuroi 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 [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
Japan
  • Masafumi Arima was promoted to the rank of sublieutenant. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota began the Torpedo School Basic Course. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Yoshitada Mikami was named the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Rochefort reported to the headquarters of the United States Naval Auxiliary Reserve at the ferry terminal in Manhattan, New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | New York | CPC]

1 Dec 1918 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1919
  • Isoroku Yamamoto was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Isoroku Yamamoto | CPC]
  • Hiroaki Abe became a staff officer with Japanese Navy 3rd Fleet. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • Furious was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Furious | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was promoted to the rank of sub-lieutenant and was assigned to the Torpedo School. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
Japan
  • Nobutake Kondo, having just graduated from the Japanese Naval War College, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. ww2dbase [Nobutake Kondo | CPC]
  • Prince Hiroyasu was named the commanding officer of the 2nd Fleet. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
  • Tenryu was named the flagship of Destroyer Squadron 2 of Japanese 2nd Fleet. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima enrolled in torpedo school in Japan. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Hiroshi Nemoto was enrolled in the Japanese Army War College. ww2dbase [Hiroshi Nemoto | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was assigned to Sasebo Sailor Corps. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • General Goro Shiba was named the commanding officer of the Taiwan Army. On the same day, Rear Admiral Shigeushi Nakagawa was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]

1 Dec 1919 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1920
  • Chuichi Nagumo was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander and was named the commanding officer of destroyer Momi. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was assigned to cruiser Yudachi. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu was named a member to the Supreme War Council. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was assigned to Kongo. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Engineering Rear Admiral Tamotsu Niratsuka was made the commanding officer of Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota began the Gunnery School Advanced Course at the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
  • Masaichi Niimi was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. ww2dbase [Masaichi Niimi | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Admiral Naomi Taniguchi was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Bruce Fraser greeted officers returning from Soviet captivity at Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Bruce Fraser | Portsmouth, England | CPC]

1 Dec 1920 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1921
  • Chiaki Matsuda was made the squadron strategy officer with his post aboard battleship Kongo. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
  • Captain Teijiro Murase was made the Chief Eqiupping Officer of the oiler which would later be named Kamoi; Murase and a group of junior officers would soon depart Japan for the United States where the ship was currently under construction. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
China
  • Vice Admiral Kesataro Kawahara succeeded Vice Admiral Naoe Nakano 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 [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
Japan
  • Tenryu was recommissioned into service and was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 1 of Japanese 1st Fleet. Captain Noriyoshi Yoko was named her commanding officer. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Engineering Rear Admiral Sadago Okazaki was made the commanding officer of Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was assigned to battleship Hiei. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]

1 Dec 1921 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1922
  • Chuichi Nagumo was assigned to the Navy Ministry. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and enrolled in graduate courses of the Gunnery School. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
China
  • The Japanese-controlled Ryojun Military Port (previously known as Port Arthur; now Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China), Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu was promoted to the rank of admiral. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
  • Captain Hajime Matsushita was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was assigned to destroyer Ashi. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Yoshidai Masaki was made the commanding officer of Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
Korea

1 Dec 1922 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1923
  • Isoroku Yamamoto was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Isoroku Yamamoto | CPC]
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • West Virginia was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [West Virginia | CPC]
  • Nobutake Kondo was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Nobutake Kondo | CPC]
Japan
  • Shinichi Oguri was promoted to the rank of captain, and he was formally named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was assigned to Iwate. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
United States

1 Dec 1923 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1924
  • Tamon Yamaguchi was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. ww2dbase [Tamon Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was made a squad leader aboard battleship Mutsu. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Yoshio Takita was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
  • Captain Kumagoro Migita was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was assigned to the First Naval District in Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Masaichi Niimi was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Masaichi Niimi | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Shinichi Oguri was named the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]

1 Dec 1924 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1925
  • Chiaki Matsuda was made an instructor at the Gunnery School. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
Japan
  • Commander Choji Inoue, commanding officer of Naka, was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • Tenryu was placed in reserve at Kure, Japan. captain Isao Monai was named her commanding officer. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Takuma Kuroda was made the commanding officer of Maizuru work department in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was made an instructor at the Gunnery School. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]

1 Dec 1925 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1926
  • Mineichi Koga was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Mineichi Koga | CPC]
  • Nobutake Kondo was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Nobutake Kondo | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Kamezaburo Nakamura was named the commanding officer of Naka. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • Prince Hironobu was assigned to battleship Yamashiro. ww2dbase [Hironobu | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima enrolled in the Naval War College. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Kichisaburo Nomura was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | CPC]
  • Captain Nihei Sezaki was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda entered the Naval War College in Kamiosaki, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | Tokyo | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Korea
  • Vice Admiral Naotaro Nagasawa was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea; Rear Admiral Sunao Matsuzaki was named the chief of staff. ww2dbase [Chinkai Guard District | Chinkai, Gyeongsangnam | CPC]

1 Dec 1926 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1927
  • Chiang Kaishek married Song Meiling. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | CPC]
  • Nobutake Kondo was promoted to the rank of captain and was named an instructor at the Japanese Naval War College. ww2dbase [Nobutake Kondo | CPC]
  • Captain Tsugiharu Fujioka was made the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Japan
  • Masafumi Arima was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Kesaichi Hitsuda was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1927
Wedding photo of Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling, Shanghai, China, 1 Dec 1927, photo 1 of 2Wedding photo of Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling, Shanghai, China, 1 Dec 1927, photo 2 of 2

1 Dec 1927 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1928

Japan
  • Tenryu was assigned to Kure, Japan as a training vessel for the Japanese Navy Academy and Submarine School. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
1 Dec 1929

Japan
  • Kichisaburo Nomura was named the commanding officer of the Training Fleet. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | CPC]
1 Dec 1930
  • Koichi Shiozawa stepped down as the chief of staff of the Japanese 1st Fleet. ww2dbase [Koichi Shiozawa | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was named the commanding officer of the 11th Destroyer Division. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • Commander Shinpei Sugiura was made the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Naka received a new commanding officer. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • Captain Kensuke Madareme was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
  • Settsu received a new commanding officer. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Captain Noboru Hirata was named the commanding officer of Nachi. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Shusei Yuchi was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The keel of RMS Queen Mary was laid down by the John Brown and Company at Clydebank, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Queen Mary | Clydebank, Scotland | CPC]
United States

1 Dec 1930 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1931
  • Lieutenant Commander Morishita was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Koki Yamamoto was named the commanding officer of Naka. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • Admiral Kichisaburo Nomura was named the commanding officer of Yokosuka Naval District. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • An unknown officer assumed command of Nachi. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
1 Dec 1932
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • Tamon Yamaguchi was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Tamon Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • Mutsu was assigned to Japanese Navy Battleship Division 1. ww2dbase [Mutsu | CPC]
  • Franz von Papen met with German President Paul von Hindenburg and offered a plan for Germany that was effectively the end of the republic. Hindenburg rejected the plan and offered that given current situation he wished for a coalition government. ww2dbase [Franz von Papen | CPC]
  • Nobutake Kongo was named the commanding officer of battleship Kongo. ww2dbase [Nobutake Kondo | CPC]
China
  • Arthur Chin joined the Guangdong Provincial Air Force in China as a warrant probationary pilot. ww2dbase [Arthur Chin | Guangdong | CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Shigeru Sonoda was named the commanding officer of Naka. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Shinji Suzuki was named the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The construction for HMS Amphion was ordered. ww2dbase [Perth | CPC]

1 Dec 1932 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1933
1 Dec 1934
  • British Air Ministry issued a contract to Supermarine for monoplane fighters powered by the Rolls-Royce PV 12 Merlin engines; they would later be named Spitfire. ww2dbase [Spitfire | CPC]
  • Sergei Kirov, the popular Secretary of the Leningrad Communist Party, was assassinated by Leonid Nikolaev, an unemployed Party member, as he walked to his office in the Smolny Institute. ww2dbase [AC]
Germany
1 Dec 1935
  • Chiaki Matsuda was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
Germany
  • Georg von Küchler was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Georg von Küchler | CPC]
1 Dec 1936
  • Mitsumasa Yonai was named the commander-in-chief of the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Mitsumasa Yonai | CPC]
  • Hiroaki Abe became the commanding officer of cruiser Jintsu. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | 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]
  • Mutsu was assigned to Japanese Navy Battleship Division 1. ww2dbase [Mutsu | CPC]
  • 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]
  • The keel of battleship Jean Bart was laid down. ww2dbase [Jean Bart | AC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo was named the commanding officer of the 8th Cruiser Division. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • Kanae Kozaka was promoted to the rank of captain and remained the commanding officer of Kamoi. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
China
  • 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 [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
Germany
  • 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
  • Captain Koso Abe was named the commanding officer of Naka. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • Captain Naomasa Sakonjo was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was made the executive officer of battleship Yamashiro. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
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 [Chinkai Guard District | Chinkai, Gyeongsangnam | CPC]
Taiwan

1 Dec 1936 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1937
  • Zengo Yoshida was named the commander-in-chief of the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Hiroaki Abe became the commanding officer of battleship Fuso. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • The US 3rd Marine Regiment, a reserve unit, was disbanded. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vittorio Alfieri was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Vittorio Alfieri | CPC]
  • Light carrier Hosho was placed in reserve. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
China France Japan
  • Captain Chimaki Kono was named the commanding officer of Naka. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was promoted to the rank of captain and was named the commanding officer of converted seaplane tender Kamikawa Maru. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Nachi completed her first reconstruction; an unknown officer assumed command of the cruiser. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
  • Raizo Tanaka was named the commanding officer of light cruiser Jintsu. ww2dbase [Raizo Tanaka | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Masukichi Matsuki was made the commanding officer of Maizuru Naval Arsenal in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Korea
  • Vice Admiral Jugoro Arichi was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea; Vice Admiral Sadaichi Matsunaga was named the chief of staff. ww2dbase [Chinkai Guard District | Chinkai, Gyeongsangnam | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Vice Admiral Shunzo Mito was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1937
Portrait of Hans Lammers, 1 Dec 1937, photo 1 of 2Portrait of Hans Lammers, 1 Dec 1937, photo 2 of 2

1 Dec 1937 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1938
  • Rudolf Beran became the prime minister of Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • During this month, US agreed to loan $25,000,000 to China for the war against Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Nubian (L36) was commissioned into service with Commander R. W. Ravenhill in command. ww2dbase [AC]
China
  • Arthur Chin was promoted to the rank of major. ww2dbase [Arthur Chin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1938
Carl Mannerheim presenting a gift to Rudolf Walden on his 60th birthday, 1 Dec 1938
1 Dec 1939
  • Otto Kuusinen was made head of the puppet government forming in Moscow for Finland. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Firefight between Finnish coastal batteries at Russaro and the Soviet cruiser Kirov and her destroyer screen; Kirov and one of her destroyers were damaged. ww2dbase [Kirov | TH]
  • Chinese 3rd Army Group cut the Lung'hai Railway line at several locations and attacked highways, both actions interrupted Japanese logistics. Meanwhile, troops of the Chinese 81st Division attacked the cities of Kaifeng and Lanfeng. ww2dbase [Winter Offensive | CPC]
China Germany
  • In Germany, Ernst Udet was appointed Director General of Air Force Equipment (Generalluftzeugmeister). ww2dbase [Ernst Udet | AC]
  • The third group of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing was established. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The title "Waffen-SS" became official. This organisation embraced the SS Verfugungs Division, the Liebstandarte, the SS Totenkopf Division, the SS Polizei Division, the SS Junkerschulen (training schools), together with their training and replacement units. Service in these formations would count as active military duty. ww2dbase [AC]
Japan
  • Tenryu was assigned to Maizuru Naval District, Japan for service as a guard ship and training vessel for the Japanese Navy Engineering Academy. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
  • Kenkichi Ueda was forced into the reserve. ww2dbase [Kenkichi Ueda | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Lieutenant General Mitsuru Ushijima was named the commanding officer of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [Mitsuru Ushijima | CPC]
1 Dec 1940
  • Italian submarine Argo torpedoed Canadian destroyer HMCS Saguenay 200 miles west of Ireland, destroying the bow and killing 21. Saguenay would later able to reach Barrow in Furness, England, United Kingdom for repairs that would last until 22 May 1941. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Werner Mölders claimed his 55th victory. ww2dbase [Werner Mölders | CPC]
  • Norwegian troop ship Oslofjord hit a mine and sank in the River Tyne, England, United Kingdom at 0820 hours; 1 was killed and 179 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer sank British ship Tribesman 500 miles west of the Cape Verde islands; 8 were killed and 14 survived. ww2dbase [Admiral Scheer | CPC]
  • German submarine U-37 sank British ship Palmella 200 miles west of Porto, Portugal at 2022 hours. 1 was killed; 28 survivors were picked up by Spanish trawler Navemar. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied convoy HX-90 became undefended 340 miles west of Ireland after her ocean escorts departed and coastal escorts failing to arrive due to poor weather. At 2012 hours, German submarine U-101 sank the already-damaged British tanker Appalachee (7 killed, 32 survived) and damaged British ship Loch Ranza. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-101 sank the already-damaged British tanker Appalachee (7 killed, 32 survived) and damaged British ship Loch Ranza. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Major General Thomas Holcomb was appointed to a second term as the Commandant of the US Marine Corps. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Galland was promoted to the rank of Oberst. ww2dbase [Adolf Galland | CPC]
  • Romania established diplomatic relationship with the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo. ww2dbase [CPC]
Mexico Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1940
A sergeant in the Dorking Home Guard cleaning his Thompson submachine gun in his home, Dorking, southern England, United Kingdom, 1 Dec 1940
1 Dec 1941
  • Japanese luxury ocean liner Hikawa Maru entered Mitsubishi Zosen yard for conversion into a hospital ship; naval surgeon Captain Kanai Izumi took command of the ship. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Japanese Navy changed its communications code. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt ordered US Navy yacht Isabel and two other small vessels to be deployed off of the coast of Indochina; they were planned to be bait for the Japanese to fire the first shot, should war become unavoidable. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • American river gunboats Luzon and Oahu, submarine rescue vessel Pigeon, and minesweeper Finch set sail from China toward Philippine Islands, under the watchful eyes of a Japanese floatplane and several naval vessels. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German 15th Panzer Division practically wiped out the 20th Battalion of New Zealand 2nd Division at Belhamed, Libya, but the attack was driven off by tanks of the British 4th Armoured Brigade. ww2dbase [Operation Crusader | CPC]
  • The Japanese ambassador in Germany Hiroshi Oshima was ordered to secure Joachim von Ribbentrop's signature on a document which stated that Germany would declare war on the United States should Japan and US enter a state of war. ww2dbase [Hiroshi Oshima | CPC]
  • SS-Standartenfuhrer Jager submitted a report dated on this day, noting that his Einsatzgruppen, operating in Lithuania, had killed 99,804 Jews in that country to this date. In the same report, the detachment also under Jager sent to Minsk, Byelorussia reported killing 620 adult male, 1,285 adult female, and 1,126 children, all Jews; 19 communists were also executed in Minsk by this detachment. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • German submarine U-96, having escaped British air attacks in the Bay of Biscay, surfaced at 0445 hours and returned to France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Three German infantry divisions and one German armored division advanced along the Minsk-Moscow highway, penetrating through the lines of the Soviet 33rd Army, capturing Naro-Fominsk 43 miles southwest of Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | CPC]
  • British cruiser HMS Dorsetshire located German supply ship Python refueling submarines UA and U-68 in the South Atlantic 1,150 miles west of South Africa. Python was scuttled as her crew sighted Dorsetshire, but Dorsetshire backed off due to the threat of the two submarines. Two additional German submarines and four Italian submarines arrived to join UA and U-68 in rescuing Python's survivors. ww2dbase [Dorsetshire | CPC]
  • A Soviet force consisted of troop ship Maya, 3 minesweepers, 2 submarine chasters, and 1 gunboat arrived in Hanko, Finland to evacuate troops. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • Eduard Neumann and General der Flieger Hans Geisler awarded Hans-Joachim Marseille the German Cross in Gold. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | CPC]
  • US Marine Corps established a Marine Corps Air Station at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands under Lieutenant Colonel Ford O. Rogers (redesignated from Marine Corps Air Facility, Bourne Field). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German 28th Infantry Division was relocated from the Soviet Union to France for refitting as 28th Jäger Division. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Kamoi, along with the rest of 24th Air Flotilla, was assigned to the 4th Fleet. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-575 (Kapitänleutnant Günther Heydemann) spotted the unescorted and unarmed 7,542-ton steam tanker Astral at 1700 hours. Astral was carrying 78,200 barrels of gasoline and kerosene. U-575 tracked Astral until 2057 hours when Heydemann discovered a painted American flag on the side of the tanker. Heydemann did not realize that fellow submarine captain Wolfgang Lüth of U-43 had also been tracking the same American tanker. ww2dbase [U-575 | HM]
  • German submarine U-43 (Kapitänleutnant Wolfgang Lüth) spotted the unescorted and unarmed 7,542-ton steam tanker Astral at 1700 hours. Astral was carrying 78,200 barrels of gasoline and kerosene. Lüth did not realize that fellow submarine captain Günther Heydemann of U-575 had also been tracking the same tanker. While Heydemann broke off the chase after realizing the tanker was American, Lüth made no such discovery and continued to stalk his target, awaiting for a moment to strike. ww2dbase [U-43 | HM]
Caroline Islands
  • Katori arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Katori | Truk | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Japanese Navy Destroyer Division 7 sailed from Tokyo, Japan sailed for Midway, soon to join the rest of the Midway Neutralization Unit. ww2dbase [Tokyo | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi departed Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Akashi | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • At an Imperial Conference held in Tokyo, Japan, the decision was taken to go to war with the United States. According to Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, Emperor Showa, the country's devine ruler, did not utter a single word in response. ww2dbase [Showa | Tokyo | AC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • Malta-based British reconnaissance aircraft spotted an Italian supply convoy traveling for North Africa. The subsequent attack 60 miles off Libya saw the sinking of tanker Iridio Mantovani (with 10,000 tons of fuel) by aircraft and the sinking of transport Adriatico by cruisers HMS Aurora and HMS Penelope. HMS Aurora and HMS Penelope were attacked by Italian destroyer Alvise Da Mosta with torpedoes and gunfire, but the British cruisers fought back, sinking the destroyer and killing 200. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | CPC]
Philippines
  • Passenger liner President Harrison arrived at Olongapo, Philippine Islands with elements of US 4th Marine Regiment recently withdrawn from Shanghai, China; the liner departed for China later on the same day to embark the last US Marines stationed in China. ww2dbase [Olongapo, Zambales | CPC]
Taiwan
  • During this month, the Japanese Army established the Research Department within the Taiwan Army. One of the missions of this department was to develop jungle warfare tactics. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • As US-Japan relations rapidly deteriorated, the Japanese Consulate General in California began to destroy its records, as did the Consulate General, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and the Japan Institute in New York City. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and Director of the Office of Civilian Defense, signed Administrative Order 9, creating the Civil Air Patrol. ww2dbase [New York | CPC]
  • As US-Japan relations rapidly deteriorated, the Japanese Consulate General in California began to destroy its records, as did the Consulate General, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and the Japan Institute in New York City. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Marine Corps established a Marine Corps Air Station at Cunningham Field, Cherry Point, North Carolina, United States under Colonel Thomas J. Cushman. ww2dbase [Cherry Point, North Carolina | CPC]
  • US Marine Corps established a Marine Corps Air Station at Quantico, Virginia, United States under Major Ivan W. Miller (redesignated from Base Air Detachment 1, Marine Barracks). ww2dbase [Quantico Marine Corps Base | Quantico, Virginia | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Harder was laid down by the Electric Boat Company at Groton, Connecticut, United States. ww2dbase [Electric Boat Company | Harder | Groton, Connecticut | CPC]
  • The fourth Yorktown (CV-10) was laid down on at Newport News, Virginia, United States by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. as Bon Homme Richard. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Newport News, Virginia | DS]
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Casco Bay, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Casco Bay, Maine | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1941
Citizens of Leningrad, Russia fetching water from a shell hole in Ostrovsky Square, 1 Dec 1941A German soldier being captured, near Moscow, Russia, 1 Dec 1941Soviet troops mining a railroad near Moscow, Russia, 1 Dec 1941Soviet troops guarding a wooded area outside of Moscow, Russia, 1 Dec 1941
See all photos dated 1 Dec 1941

1 Dec 1941 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1942
  • US Army Lieutenant General Eichelberger was ordered to Papau, New Guinea, to capture Buna. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • USS Arizona was struck from the Naval Vessel Register. ww2dbase [Arizona | CPC]
  • Armidale was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Armidale | CPC]
  • Stuart was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Stuart | CPC]
  • The US 1st Marine Aviation Engineer Battalion relieved the US 6th Naval Construction Battalion on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was named the commanding officer of IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 5. ww2dbase [Heinrich | CPC]
  • Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen was named the commanding officer of 1st Mountain Division. ww2dbase [Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen | CPC]
Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • at 0303 hours (local time): Badly damaged by two torpedo hits in the Battle of Tassafaronga, cruiser USS Northampton sank in Iron Bottom Sound north of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Destroyers Drayton and Fletcher took on 870 of her survivors in less than an hour. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | Northampton | Savo Sound, Solomon Islands | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Kamoi departed Mili, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Mili | CPC]
Poland
  • Germany established the Camp for the custody of Polish youth in Łódź (Polen-Jugendverwahrlager Litzmannstadt), Poland. ww2dbase [Łódź | CPC]
Russia
  • 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]
Tunisia
  • 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 [Advance into Tunisia | 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 [Ira Eaker | 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
See all photos dated 1 Dec 1942

1 Dec 1942 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1943
  • B-24 bombers of the 7th Bombardment Group (H) attacked Rangoon harbour and railway yards in Burma. During the course of the raid the bombers had to fight off countless Japanese fighter attacks for 70 minutes (a theatre record). Six American bombers failed to return. ww2dbase [AC]
  • German government reported dated this month noted that there were now 1,160,000 Western European, 1,800,000 Eastern European, and 600,000 Italian forced laborers in Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was named the commanding officer of the 2nd Group of Nachtjagdgeschwader 2. ww2dbase [Heinrich | CPC]
  • USS Ray attacked a Japanese ship with her deck gun north of New Guinea, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
  • Nobutake Kondo was named the commanding officer of the Japanese China Area Fleet. ww2dbase [Nobutake Kondo | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse damaged a Japanese transport south of Japan, hitting her with two of four torpedoes fired. She ran out of torpedoes and set sail for Hawaii Islands. ww2dbase [Seahorse | CPC]
  • US IX Fighter Command aircraft began operations from the United Kingdom when 28 P-51B fighters flew a sweep over north-western France. The mission also marked the debut of the Merlin-powered Mustang fighter in USAAF service. ww2dbase [P-51 Mustang | AC]
  • Minoru Ota was made the commanding officer of 14th Auxiliary Base Force. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 319th, 320th, 321st, and 400th Bomb Squadrons (all flying B-24 aircraft) of USAAF 90th Bomb Group were transferred from Port Moresby to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | Dobodura | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Shokaku arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Truk | CPC]
Germany Gilbert and Ellice Islands
  • USS Hoel struck an uncharted shoal off Betio Point, Tarawa Atoll. Hoel was hard aground with her bow lifted fully above the surface. Hoel was freed the following day after 18 hours of being fully exposed to enemy attack. Hoel’s propeller blades were bent and her underwater sound gear had been carried away. ww2dbase [Gilbert Islands Campaign | Hoel | Tawara | DS]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: More of ACORN-20, ARGUS-18, ACORN-21, CASU-30, ACORN-22, CASU-34, ARGUS-21, ARGUS-22, and 4 officers and 99 men of GROPAC-4; plus 1 officer of GROPAC-2 arrived on board. More of ACORN-20, CASU-20, CASU-30, GROPAC-2, and 2 officers and 38 men of GROPAC-5 arrived on board, plus 1 officer and 17 men of Task Group 19.18. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | Ewa, Oahu | DS]
Italy Japan
  • The keel of landing ship No. 101 was laid down by Osaka Zosen. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Naka arrived at Mili Atoll, Marshall Islands, disembaked troops, and departed. ww2dbase [Naka | Mili | CPC]
Poland Russia
  • German troops in the Crimea in Russia were completely isolated, as Soviet troops completed their control of the northern end of the Dneiper River bend. ww2dbase [Krym | TH]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1943
Carrier Chiyoda at Tokyo Bay, Japan, 1 Dec 1943Submarine Tang off California, United States, 1 Dec 1943US government war bond poster featuring USS Helena, 1 Dec 1943

1 Dec 1943 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1944
  • Jules Bastin passed away in the Groß-Rosen Concentration Camp in Germany. ww2dbase [Jules Bastin | CPC]
  • HMS King George V departed Alexandria, Egypt. ww2dbase [King George V | CPC]
  • Malaya was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Malaya | CPC]
  • U-869 was assigned to the German Navy 33rd Submarine Flotilla. ww2dbase [U-869 | CPC]
  • Chinese troops captured Chefang, Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Salween Offensive | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack attacked a Japanese destroyer in the Kurile Islands; all four torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Skipjack | CPC]
  • Walther Schellenberg was given command of the anti-Soviet counterintelligence units Walli I and Walli III, which he combined into Branch F of the Militärisches Amt (Mil Amt). ww2dbase [Walther Schellenberg | CPC]
Caroline Islands Greece
  • Georgios Siantos, one of the Greek Communist ELAS leaders, began moving Andarte divisions towards Athens, Greece. Other communist leaders, having at first agreed to the offensive, then began to have second thoughts. Their indecisiveness allowing General Ronald Scobie, the Commander of British Frces in Greece, a chance to recover and, with the deployment of the British 4th Division, brought in by air, drive the communists out of Athens and ultimately to sue for peace. ww2dbase [Athens | AC]
Hungary Japan Pacific Ocean Philippines
  • USS Gunnel embarked 11 US naval aviators at Palawan, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Gunnel | Palawan | CPC]
Poland Russia
  • Lieutenant General Ivan Gorbatyuk was named the head of the Soviet Directorate of the NKVD Troops for Guarding the Rear of the Red Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
Taiwan
  • Takao Naval Air Group was established at Takao Guard District in southern Taiwan. ww2dbase [Takao Guard District | Takao | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Proteus departed Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Proteus | Midway | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1944
Members of the US 22nd Infantry Regiment holding the line during heavy fighting near Großhau, Germany during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest, 1 Dec 1944. Note the M1917 machine gun and M1 Garand rifles.P-38 Lightning aircraft at rest on an airstrip in Chico, California, United States, 1 Dec 1944

1 Dec 1944 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1945
  • Anton Dostler passed away. ww2dbase [Anton Dostler | CPC]
  • The last Japanese resistance unit in Saipan, Mariana Islands surrendered. ww2dbase [Japan's Surrender | CPC]
  • Douglas Bader was promoted to the permanent rank of wing commander. ww2dbase [Douglas Bader | CPC]
China
  • Lu Han was made the Chairman of Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Lu Han | Yunnan | CPC]
  • The US military publication Shanghai Stars and Stripes sponsored a US Army-US Navy American football game in Shanghai, China. The passenger of the pre-game rickshaw race was crowned Miss Rickshaw 1945 and Queen of the Army-Navy Game. 1,500,000 people, Americans and Chinese, turned out to join in on the overall festivities while 20,000 attended the football game. Navy defeated Army in the game, 12 to 0. ww2dbase [Shanghai | CPC]
Guam
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue arrived at Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Bogue | Apra Harbor | DS]
Japan
  • USS Ancon departed Japan. ww2dbase [Ancon | CPC]
United States
  • During this month, former German Navy cruiser Prinz Eugen was renamed USS IX 300 of the US Navy. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1945
Dostler tied to a stake in preparation of his execution by a firing squad, Aversa, Italy, 1 Dec 1945DostlerOpening of the newly established ministry for demobilization, Japan, 1 Dec 1945USS Anzio at anchor in the Huangpu River, Shanghai, China, 1 Dec 1945
See all photos dated 1 Dec 1945

1 Dec 1945 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1946

Mexico
1 Dec 1947

Australia Netherlands
  • Princess Juliana returned monarchial duties to Queen Wilhelmina as the queen's health improved. ww2dbase [Wilhelmina | CPC]
1 Dec 1948

China
  • Tang Enbo was made the commanding officer of the Nanjing-Shanghai-Hangzhou Garrison by Chiang Kaishek. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | Tang Enbo | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1948
Canadian Ford CMP truck in post-war service as an ambulance in Poerworedjo, Java (now Purworejo), 1 Dec 1948.

1 Dec 1948 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1949

China
  • Minquan and four other vessels were captured by communist forces at Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Minquan | Chongqing | CPC]
1 Dec 1950
  • Remy Van Lierde became the commanding officer of the Belgian 7th Fighter Wing. ww2dbase [Remy Van Lierde | CPC]
United States
  • George Marshall stepped down as the President of the American Red Cross organization. ww2dbase [George Marshall | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1950
F4U-4B Corsair fighters of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-323 being equipped with 12.7cm napalm canisters and HVAR rockets aboard USS Badoeng Strait off Korea, 1 Dec 1950
1 Dec 1953
  • J. J. Clark was promoted to admiral and placed on the retired list. ww2dbase [J. J. Clark | DS]
United States Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1953
Lieutenant Commander George Kittredge being relieved by the new commanding officer of USS Sterlet, Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 1 Dec 1953

1 Dec 1953 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1954
  • Illustrious was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Illustrious | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Lieutenant General Yang Shaolian was named the commandant of the Republic of China Air Force Academy at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, relieving Lieutenant General Chen Youwei. ww2dbase [Kaohsiung | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1954
Donald Hardman, Claude Pelly, and Louis Mountbatten at RAF Takali, Malta, 1 Dec 1954

1 Dec 1954 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1955

United States
1 Dec 1956

Russia
  • Georgy Zhukov was made a Hero of the Soviet Union for the fourth time and was awarded the Order of Lenin for the fourth time. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | CPC]
United States
  • Abilene Army Airfield in Texas, United States was renamed Dyess Air Force Base. ww2dbase [Ed Dyess | Abilene, Texas | CPC]

1 Dec 1956 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1962
  • Decommissioned ship USS Cod received the new hull number of AGSS-224. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • USS Pintado was reclassified AGSS-387 in the US Navy Pacific Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla was recommissioned into service. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Parche was reclassified an auxiliary submarine and received the new designation AGSS-384. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
1 Dec 1963

France
1 Dec 1965
  • Testing vessel OS-24's modernization completed. ww2dbase [Voroshilov | CPC]
1 Dec 1966

Russia
  • Georgy Zhukov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the fifth time. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | CPC]
1 Dec 1967
  • Ivan Bagramyan was awarded the Order of Lenin for the fifth time. ww2dbase [Ivan Bagramyan | CPC]
1 Dec 1969

United States
1 Dec 1970
  • USS Carbonero was decommissioned from service and was struck from the US Naval Register. ww2dbase [Carbonero | CPC]
1 Dec 1971

Russia
  • Georgy Zhukov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the sixth time. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Ling was struck from the US Naval Register. ww2dbase [Ling | CPC]
  • Submarine USS Bowfin was decommissioned for the last time and struck from the Navy list. ww2dbase [Bowfin | Seattle, Washington | DS]

1 Dec 1971 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1972
  • Ivan Bagramyan was awarded the Order of Lenin for the sixth time. ww2dbase [Ivan Bagramyan | CPC]
1 Dec 1974
  • USS Cassin Young was struck from the Naval Vessel Register. ww2dbase [Cassin Young | CPC]
1 Dec 1977
  • Ivan Bagramyan was made a Hero of the Soviet Union for the second time and was awarded the Order of Lenin for the seventh time. ww2dbase [Ivan Bagramyan | CPC]
1 Dec 1979

Greenland

1 Dec 1979 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1984

Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1984
Bathtub installed aboard USS Iowa for US President Franklin Roosevelt

1 Dec 1984 Interactive Map

1 Dec 1987

Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1987
USS Iowa, USS Midway, and other ships of US Navy Battle Group Alpha underway, 1 Dec 1987
1 Dec 2001

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




Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
News

Famous WW2 Quote
"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935


Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!