27 Dec 1943
  • Manteuffel was made the commanding officer of the elite Panzer Grenadier GroƟdeutschland division. ww2dbase [Hasso von Manteuffel | CPC]
  • John Basilone departed for Camp Pendleton, California, United States. ww2dbase [John Basilone | CPC]
  • As of this date, the Ledo Road was 103 miles long from Ledo, India into the Patka Mountains in northern Burma. ww2dbase [Burma Road and the Hump | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish pursued a Japanese tanker west of Luzon, Philippine Islands for about 10 hours, finally sinking her after scoring a total of 6 torpedo hits; a total of 10 torpedoes were expended. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder was appointed Deputy Supreme Commander under General Dwight Eisenhower. ww2dbase [Arthur Tedder | AC]
  • General Sir Bernard Paget became Commander-in-Chief Middle East under General Sir H. Maitland Wilson. ww2dbase [AC]
Australian New Guinea Caroline Islands
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Ryuho | Truk | CPC]
Japan Russia
  • Soviet leadership declared the Kalmyk people guilty of collaboration with the German occupation. The Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was abolished as a constituent semi-autonomous country inside Russia, and the entire population was to be deported to various locations in the Siberian regions of Russia. ww2dbase [Kalmykia | CPC]

27 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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