24 Dec 1943
  • Sir Henry Maitland Wilson was designated Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean, with General Harold Alexander as the Commander-in-Chief of Allied Armies in Italy under him. ww2dbase [Harold Alexander | TH]
Australian New Guinea
  • 50 Allied aircraft (Australian Kittyhawk fighters and US F6F fighters) conducted a fighters sweep over Rabaul, New Britain. A raid by heavy bombers followed the fighter sweep. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
  • 18 B-24 bombers of US 14th Air Force, escorted by fighters, attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, claiming 20 Japanese fighters shot down; one B-24 bomber was shot down. ww2dbase [Tianhe Airfield | CPC]
  • New Zealand 5th Infantry Brigade engaged in combat along the Gustav Line in Italy. In Ortona, Italy, German troops counterattacked against Canadian positions and caused heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | CPC]
  • General Nikolai Vatutin launched another winter offensive, starting with the capture of Berdychiv, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Nikolai Vatutin | TH]
United Kingdom
  • US Army General Dwight Eisenhower was named the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | CPC]
  • While in Britain, Oliver Leese received orders to take command of British Eighth Army in Italy. ww2dbase [Oliver Leese | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Dec 1943
US Coast Guard-manned LST delivered Marines and supplies to New Britain, 24 Dec 1943Cruiser USS Phoenix firing her 6-inch guns during the invasion of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, circa 24-26 Dec 1943; note photo was taken from fantail, looking forwardUS Army Medical Corps doctor Colonel Gordon Seagraves speaking to US and Chinese officers, Ningam Sakan, northern Burma, 24 Dec 1943

24 Dec 1943 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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