22 Dec 1944
  • USS Hoe fired 3 torpedoes at a Japanese tanker at periscope depth; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The British government called up 250,000 new conscripts. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The Vietnam People's Army was formed, initially as an anti-Japanese resistance force. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German V-2 rocket hit Chelmsford, Essex, England, United Kingdom, seriously injuring one person. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Two Ukrainian peasants, Hermann and Emma Kurras, were executed after a trial for hiding thirteen Jews who had escaped from a concentration camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the XIX Corps of US Ninth Army while being attached to the British 21st Army Group. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • M26 Pershing heavy tanks were ordered to be deployed to forward US Army units. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Bastogne, Belgium, the German surrender demand is rebuffed by General McAuliffe with the famous response "Nuts!"; meanwhile, the US Third Army shifted its axis of advance in attempt to relieve Bastogne. In Germany, Rundstedt suggested a tactical withdrawal, but the suggestion was refused by Hitler. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • P-40 and P-51 fighters of US 14th Air Force attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, claiming several Japanese fighters shot down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 43 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • The Soviet occupation administration in Hungary issued an order for the round up, and ultimately for the deportation, of ethnic Germans in Hungary. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Shigure disembarked the 147 survivors of Unryu (sank three days prior) at Sasebo, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Whale attacked a Japanese trawler in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 117 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Shamrock Bay was assigned to US Navy 7th Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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

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