17 Dec 1939
  • Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by her own crew at Montevideo, Uruguay. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet Army assaulted Summa, Finland. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The Governments of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada signed the Air Training Agreement (Riverdale Agreement) in Ottowa, Ontario, Canada, thereby establishing the creation of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan (joined further by facilities in South Africa, Southern Rhodesia and the United States) for the joint training of military air crews. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" was operational at Jever, Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Dec 1939
Admiral Graf Spee burning at River Plate, 17 Dec 1939Finnish soldier dragging a box of ammunition on the eastern side of the Kollaa River, Russia, 17 Dec 1939Soviet T-26 tank at the Kollaa River in northern Russia, 17 Dec 1939

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