22 Dec 1939
  • Werner Mölders and Hans von Hahn became the first German fighter pilots to shoot down British Hurricane fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Zhou Zhikai, flying an I-15bis fighter, shared a victory with his squadron commander Captain Jiang Weihua for the downing of a G4M bomber of Japanese 15th Kokutai over Liuzhou, Guangxi, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Finnish Army Group Talvela overran Soviet 75th division in hand to hand combat at Ägläjärvi (Russian: Yaglyayarvi) on the Karelian Isthmus. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Field Marshal Mannerheim of Finland authorized to launch the offensive planned by Generals Österman and Öhqvist presented to him on the previous day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Navy awarded a US$7,000,000 contract to build two new graving docks at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii; the future Dock No. 2 was to be large enough to hold a battleship, while Dock No. 3 was to be made for destroyers and submarines. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Helena arrived at Annapolis, Maryland, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Dec 1939
Certificate showing Stalin as a honorary member of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union, issued on 22 Dec 1939, as seen in the Ogonyok magazine dated 15 Mar 1953

22 Dec 1939 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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"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