22 Dec 1942
  • USS Gar fired three torpedoes at a Japanese ship; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops in the Caucasus region in Russia began to fall back northwestward. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 26 American B-24 Liberator bombers flew 4,300 miles to attack Wake Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Elements of US 1st Infantry Division and British 78th Division launched an offensive in Tunisia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • About 38,000 Soviet personnel were awarded the Medal for the Defence of Odessa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Germany
  • Adolf Hitler signed the decree drafted by Albert Speer for the mass production of the A-4 rocket; this decree did not provide any special priority for rocket production. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kurt Zeitzler once again asked Adolf Hitler to allow the German 6.Armee to break out from Stalingrad, Russia to avoid the remnants of the army from being totally wiped out. Hitler again refused. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Pile driving for Dock No. 4 at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii, completed; a total of 9,694 piles were driven since 12 Oct 1942, averaging 30 feet in length. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captured French torpedo boats Bombarde, La Pomone, and L'Iphigénie departed Bizerte, Tunisia with Italian crews for Palermo, Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Convoy JW-51B departed from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom for Murmansk, Russia; it was consisted of 14 freighters and was escorted by six destroyers, two corvettes, one minesweeper, and two trawlers under the command of Captain Robert Sherbrooke; British cruisers of Force R covered the convoy from a distance. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Dec 1942
Albert Speer sitting on doorsteps, 22 Dec 1942Pickerel off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 22 Dec 1942, photo 1 of 2Pickerel off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 22 Dec 1942, photo 2 of 2

22 Dec 1942 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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