29 Dec 1941
  • The German Navy decided to send battleship Tirpitz to Norway on 10 Jan 1942 to tie down Allied naval resources in the North Atlantic. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • 40 land-based bombers of the Japanese Navy 5th Air Group attacked Corregidor in the Philippine Islands for the first time. On Luzon island, Japanese Lingayen Force captured Cabanatuan, but American and Filipino forces held on to Tarlac to the west. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | CPC]
  • USS Arizona was placed in ordinary status as she was inoperable. ww2dbase [Arizona | CPC]
  • Japanese bombers struck Rangoon, Burma, destroying the railway station and dock facilities. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | CPC]
  • British troops, Indian troops, and civilians from Kuching, British Borneo arrived at Singkawang II airfield in Dutch Borneo. The British and Indian troops were incorporated under Dutch command to bolster the airfield's defenses, while the civilians were sent further south to Pontianak to await further evacuation. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Borneo | CPC]
  • In North Africa, No. 112 Squadron RAF received its first Kittyhawk fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Nachi departed Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
China
  • Japanese and Chinese troops clashed in northern Hunan Province, China. ww2dbase [Third Battle of Changsha | CPC]
  • Chinese Rear Admiral Chan Chak arrived in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China with a group of British officers and men who had escaped from Hong Kong four days prior. ww2dbase [Battle of Hong Kong | Chan Chak | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Tanikaze arrived at Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Tanikaze | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Tenryu departed Roi, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
Russia
  • The Soviet 44th Army landed 23,000 men and a battalion of tanks at Feodosiya to reinforce Sevastopol, Russia at 0350 hours. In response, General Hans von Sponeck ordered the German 46th Infantry Division to fall back, losing much heavy equipment in the process and against Adolf Hitler's "no retreat" order. ww2dbase [Battle of Sevastopol | TH]
  • While offloading troops at Sevastopol, Russia, Soviet cruiser Molotov was damaged in the stern by German artillery. ww2dbase [Molotov | CPC]
  • Allied convoy QP-4 departed Arkhangelsk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Naka departed Takao, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Naka | CPC]
Turkmenia
  • An ANT-6 aircraft operated by the airliner Aeroflot crashed in the Amu Darya River near Chardzhou Airport (now T?rkmenabat Airport) in T?rkmenabat, Turkmenia. 7 were killed, 29 survived. ww2dbase [TB-3 | CPC]
United States
  • USS Pennsylvania arrived at San Francisco, California, United States for repairs. ww2dbase [Pennsylvania | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 29 Dec 1941
Chan Chak with British and Chinese personnel who had recently escaped from Hong Kong, Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China, 29 Dec 1941Chan Chak (center, with arm in sling) and others in Huizhou, Guangdong, China, 29 Dec 1941

29 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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