30 Dec 1944
  • King George II of Greece declared a regency, leaving the throne vacant. ww2dbase [George II | CPC]
  • I-400 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [I-400 | CPC]
  • German submarine control requested a passage report from U-869, which did not respond. ww2dbase [U-869 | CPC]
  • USS Parche began her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
  • USS Nicholas arrived at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
  • Germans again attacked in the Bastogne corridor in Belgium. Meanwhile, British troops attacked Houffalize, Belgium, but they were stopped by fierce German defense. ww2dbase [Battle of the Bulge | TH]
Caroline Islands Germany Hawaii Italy
  • Allied troops regained most of the territory lost in Tuscany, Italy over the past few days from the latest Axis offensive. ww2dbase [Battle of Garfagnana | Toscana | CPC]
Japan Mariana Islands
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides and Tambor-class submarine USS Tautog arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Tautog | Silversides | Saipan | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston departed waters off Philippine Islands for Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Preston (Fletcher-class) | CPC]
  • 150 female prisoners of Auschwitz Concentration Camp were employed in the demolition squad (Abbruchkommando), working on the demolition of crematorium III. 50 female prisoners worked in the forestry-demolition squad (Geh√∂lz-Abbruchkommando), which was filling in the incineration pits and covering them with grass and planting small trees on the grounds of crematorium IV. ww2dbase [Auschwitz Concentration Camp | Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Oswiecim | CPC]
United Kingdom United States Photo(s) dated 30 Dec 1944
German prisoners taken during the Battle of the Bulge, circa late Dec 1944US Army Sergeant James Storey, Private Frank Fox, and Corporal Dennis Lavanoha on a scouting mission, Lellig, Luxembourg, 30 Dec 1944; note bedsheets used for camouflageUS 5th Armored Regiment tankers gathering around a fire and opening Christmas presents, near Eupen, Belgium, 30 Dec 1944; note M4 Sherman tankA trail off of the Bhamo-Namhkan Road, Burma, 29 or 30 Dec 1944; photograph taken by member of US 5332nd Brigade (Provisional)
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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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