27 Dec 1941
  • British Commandos and Norwegian troops completed the Operation Anklet raid in the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway, embarking a number of ships to return to Britain along with 29 prisoners of war and 200 Norwegian volunteers who wished to joined the forces of the Norwegian government-in-exile. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Permit completed her second war patrol in Philippine waters. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
  • British cruiser HMS Kenya and four destroyers bombarded German defenses on Vaagso Island, southern Norway in Operation Archery at dawn. Shortly after the bombardment, 560 British Commandos and 12 Norwegian troops landed, fought off the 150 German mountain troops, destroyed fish oil production and storage facilities, and captured a complete German naval code as well as 98 German and Norwegian prisoners. In this operation, the Allies suffered 21 British and 1 Norwegian killed, while the Germans suffered 120 killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German 250th Infantry Division of Spanish volunteers repulsed a heavy Soviet attack about 100 kilometers south of Leningrad, Russia which began on 23 Dec 1941. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | CPC]
  • Japanese 3rd, 6th, and 40th Divisions attacked Chinese city of Changsha, but they marched into an ambush that slowed the momentum of the attack. ww2dbase [Third Battle of Changsha | CPC]
  • Japanese air units bombed Manila, Philippine Islands while 6 US PBY Catalina aircraft attacked Japanese warships at Jolo (4 would be shot down). On land, Allied forces withdrew to the Santa-Ignacia-Gerona-Guimba-San Jose line 30 miles south of Lingayen Gulf, Luzon. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | TH]
  • At the battle of El Haseia in Libya, German tanks flanked British 22nd Armoured Brigade, destroying many tanks, but failed to break through. ww2dbase [Operation Crusader | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • British and Indian troops originally based in Kuching, Sarawak, island of Borneo fled into Dutch territory. To the north, Japanese troops captured the Tambelan Islands, Dutch East Indies, which was the first Dutch territorial loss in the Pacific War. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Borneo | Tambelan | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille arrived in Athens, Greece for treatment for malaria, jaundice, amoebic dysentery, and gastroenteritis. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Athens | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • The 3rd Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy reported the strength of 23 officers, 31 non-commissioned officers, and 446 enlisted men. ww2dbase [CPC]
Malaya Marshall Islands Panama Canal Zone
  • USS S-43 arrived at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [S-43 | Balboa | CPC]
  • 46th Infantry Division of the German 11th Army counterattacked the Soviet beachheads on the Kerch Peninsula, Russia, but the attacks failed to stop further Soviet reinforcements from the sea. ww2dbase [Battle of Sevastopol | Krym | CPC]
United States
  • Japanese submarine I-25 shelled unarmed American tanker Connecticut about 10 miles west of the mouth of the Columbia River off the American states of Oregon and Washington. ww2dbase [Oregon | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Dec 1941
Surrendered German troops near Moscow, Russia, 27 Dec 1941Soviet mortar position near Moscow, Russia, 27 Dec 1941

27 Dec 1941 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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