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13 Dec 1941
  • I-68 was attacked by American depth charges on this day and following days, damaging many battery cells and flooded the aft torpedo tubes. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Italian battleship Vittorio Veneto departed Naples, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • New Zealand and Indian troops of the British Eighth Army launched an attack on the Gazala Line in Libya while the Germans launched a counterattack. British tanks exploited the gap opened by Indian troops, but the advance was soon halted by German tanks. Both sides incurred heavy casualties in men and equipment after the day's fighting. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Niihau Incident: Downed Japanese pilot attempted to recover sensitive documents seized from him by Niihau islanders; two of the islanders attacked and killed the pilot. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • General Timoshenko's Southwest Front assaulted German lines at junction of 2.Panzergruppe and 2.Armee. 2.Armee withdrew, leaving 2.Panzergruppe's flank unprotected. Feldmarschall von Bock secretly ordered Armeegruppe Mitte to withdraw to a winter line 90 miles west of current positions, without informing Hitler. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Chinese troops mounted an offensive against Japanese troops in the Hong Kong area; earlier on the same day, the last British troops in Kowloon on the mainland were evacuated onto Hong Kong island. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Navy aircraft again struck the US Navy base at Olongapo at Subic Bay at Luzon, Philippine Islands. Various other bases and airfields in the Manila Bay area were attacked as well. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British destroyers HMS Sikh, HMS Maori, and HMS Legion and Dutch destroyer HNLMS Isaac Sweers defeated Italian light cruisers Alberto da Giussano and Alberico da Barbiano and torpedo boat Cigno off Cape Bon, Tunisia at 0325 hours. The two Italian cruisers sank (1,020 killed, 645 survived) with nearly 2,000 tons of aviation fuel meant for Axis forces fighting in North Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Goebbels wrote in his diary "The World War is here, the extermination of the Jews must be the necessary consequence." ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The United States Marine Corps formed the Marine Garrison Forces, 14th Naval District at Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Just after 0000 hours, Dutch submarine O.16 entered Mueang Patani, Thailand and damaged four Japanese freighters with six torpedoes, sinking a number of them in shallow water. All ships would later be repaired and put back into service. At 0200 hours, rearguard Indian troops blew up the bridge at Jitra, British Malaya before joining the main body falling back toward Gurun to the south. Later on the same day, Japanese troops arrived at the abandoned airfield at Alor Setar, British Malaya, capturing bombs and aviation fuel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Upright sank Italian transports Fabio Filzi and Carlo del Greco in Gulf of Taranto, Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British battleship HMS Duke Of York departed the Clyde, Scotland, United Kingdom with Winston Churchill on board, sailing for the United States. The battleship was escorted by destroyers HMS Faulknor, HMS Foresight, and HMS Matabele. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Belgium
  • The German Gestapo arrested Soviet Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) radio operator Mikhail Makarov in the Rue des Atrebates, Brussels, Belgium. There followed a year long series of arrests of Soviet Agents across Europe including the complete elimination of the "Red Orchestra" espionage group. By 1943 the Soviets would have no active agents still operating within greater Germany. ww2dbase [AC]
Hawaii
  • USS Astoria arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Libya
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille scored his 33rd and 34th kills, both South African P-40 fighters, when he shot down Flying Officer Thomas Trimble and either Lieutenant Connel or Lieutenant Meek northeast of Tmimi, Libya at 1600 and 1610 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands Puerto Rico
  • US 22nd and 23rd Fighter Squadrons, both operating P-40 Warhawk fighters, was assigned to Vega Baja Auxiliary Airdrome in Puerto Rico. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Allied convoy PQ-5 arrived at Arkhangelsk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Dec 1941
Cruiser Honolulu drydocked for damage suffered during Pearl Harbor attack, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 13 Dec 1941, photo 1 of 2Cruiser Honolulu drydocked for damage suffered during Pearl Harbor attack, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 13 Dec 1941, photo 2 of 2USS Helena in drydock at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii, 13 Dec 1941, photo 1 of 2; note torpedo damage between frames 69 1/2 and 80 1/2 on starboard sideUSS Helena in drydock at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii, 13 Dec 1941, photo 2 of 2; note torpedo damage between frames 69 1/2 and 80 1/2 on starboard side
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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