22 Dec 1939
  • Werner Mölders and Hans von Hahn became the first German fighter pilots to shoot down British Hurricane fighters. ww2dbase [Werner Mölders | CPC]
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class medal. ww2dbase [Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller | CPC]
China
  • 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 [Zhou Zhikai | Liuzhou, Guangxi | CPC]
Finland
  • Finnish Army Group Talvela overran Soviet 75th division in hand to hand combat at Ägläjärvi (Russian: Yaglyayarvi) on the Karelian Isthmus. ww2dbase [The Winter War | Ägläjärvi | 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 [Carl G. E. Mannerheim | CPC]
Hawaii United States 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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