22 Dec 1944
  • 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 [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 2 | 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 [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | 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]
  • USS Hoe fired 3 torpedoes at a Japanese tanker at periscope depth; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Hoe | CPC]
  • M26 Pershing heavy tanks were ordered to be deployed to forward US Army units. ww2dbase [M26 Pershing/M46 | 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 [Battle of the Bulge | 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 [Tianhe Airfield | Guangzhou, Guangdong | CPC]
Hawaii Hungary
  • The Soviet occupation administration in Hungary issued an order for the round up, and ultimately for the deportation, of ethnic Germans in Hungary. ww2dbase [Budapest Strategic Offensive Operation | CPC]
  • Destroyer Shigure disembarked the 147 survivors of Unryu (sank three days prior) at Sasebo, Japan. ww2dbase [Unryu | Sasebo, Nagasaki | CPC]
  • USS Whale attacked a Japanese trawler in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Whale | Okinawa | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 117 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Kamoi departed Yokosuka, Japan at 0652 hours, escorted by auxiliary submarine chaser CHa-211, submarine chaser Toshi Maru No. 1, and auxiliary minesweeper Hagoromo Maru; she arrived at Shimizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan at 1731 hours. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
United States
  • USS Shamrock Bay was assigned to US Navy 7th Fleet. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides departed Midway on her twelfth war patrol in company with submarine USS Tautog. ww2dbase [Tautog | Silversides | Midway | DS]
Photo(s) dated 22 Dec 1944
Burmese civilian with men and mules of US 5332nd Brigade (Provisional), Kachin, Burma, late Dec 1944Lieutenant Pat Murphy, Lieutenant Dickinson, and Sergeant Galewicz of US 5332nd Brigade (Provisional) resting, Kachin, northern Burma, late Dec 1944Destroyer escort USS Tabberer at Ulithi showing that she had been dismasted by Typhoon Cobra, 22 Dec 1944.38 of the 41 officers and men from the USS Hull rescued by the USS Tabberer gathered on Tabberer’s quarterdeck after arrival at the Ulithi anchorage, 22 Dec 1944.
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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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