26 Dec 1943
  • USS Ray sank Japanese tanker Kyoko Maru in the Tioro Strait in the Dutch East Indies, hitting her with 5 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A Soviet offensive began in Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • British cruiser HMS Belfast detected German battlecruiser Scharnhorst by radar 30 miles east of Allied convoy JW-55B at 0900 hours. Three British cruiser attacked, disabling Scharnhorst's fire control radar. Scharnhorst turned north to escape, and British Vice Admiral Robert Burnett chose not to give pursuit until 1200 hours, this time damaging Scharnhorst and receiving damage on HMS Norfolk. As Scharnhorst fled southward, she was intercepted by HMS Duke of York and other British warships at 1650 hours. Scharnhorst was surrounded by 1725 hours, overwhelmed and hit repeatedly. She was subsequently abandoned and sank at 1948 hours; 1,927 were killed during the combat and her sinking in what was later named Battle of North Cape. The British picked up only 36 survivors before fleeing the scene due to submarine threat. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Claus von Stauffenberg made an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb, but the mission was aborted when Hitler left early to return to Berchtesgaden in southern Germany to celebrate the holidays. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Arctic Ocean
  • Norwegian destroyer Stord closed to within 400 yards of the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst to fire a spread of torpedoes at Scharnhorst's starboard side. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
Australian New Guinea
  • The Allied assault on New Britain expanded with US 1st Marine Division landing near Cape Gloucester. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Journalist Fred Hampton interviewed US Marine Corps fighter pilot Gregory Boyington at Barakoma Airfield on Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
Egypt
  • In Egypt, Alexandros Sakellariou retired from military service at the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Italy
  • Indian troops captured Villa Grande, Italy. Canadian troops captured Ortona, Italy after repulsing a German counterattack. To the west, US troops captured Morello Hill, overlooking San Vittore. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • The Fletcher-class destroyer USS Brownson was sunk by a Japanese dive bomber off Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Dec 1943
Marines landing at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 Dec 1943German paratroopers manning a 7.5 cm Flak 264/3(i) anti-aircraft gun, San Felice Circeo, Italy, 26 Dec 1943, photo 1 of 6German paratroopers manning a 7.5 cm Flak 264/3(i) anti-aircraft gun, San Felice Circeo, Italy, 26 Dec 1943, photo 2 of 6German paratroopers manning a 7.5 cm Flak 264/3(i) anti-aircraft gun, San Felice Circeo, Italy, 26 Dec 1943, photo 3 of 6
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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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