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1 Dec 1942
  • US Army Lieutenant General Eichelberger was ordered to Papau, New Guinea, to capture Buna. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • USS Arizona was struck from the Naval Vessel Register. ww2dbase [Arizona | CPC]
  • Armidale was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Armidale | CPC]
  • Stuart was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Stuart | CPC]
  • The US 1st Marine Aviation Engineer Battalion relieved the US 6th Naval Construction Battalion on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was named the commanding officer of IV./Nachtjagdgeschwader 5. ww2dbase [Heinrich | CPC]
  • Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen was named the commanding officer of 1st Mountain Division. ww2dbase [Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen | CPC]
  • USS Bailey Departed Adak, Alaska. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • at 0303 hours (local time): Badly damaged by two torpedo hits in the Battle of Tassafaronga, cruiser USS Northampton sank in Iron Bottom Sound north of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Destroyers Drayton and Fletcher took on 870 of her survivors in less than an hour. ww2dbase [Northampton | Guadalcanal Campaign | Savo Sound, Solomon Islands | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Kamoi departed Mili, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Mili | CPC]
  • Germany established the Camp for the custody of Polish youth in Łódź (Polen-Jugendverwahrlager Litzmannstadt), Poland. ww2dbase [Łódź | CPC]
  • Soviet Navy Commissar Nikolai Kuznetsov wrote to the Military Council of the Black Sea Fleet demanding a report on why so many servicemen were being arrested on false charges. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German 10th Panzer Division launched a counterattack in Tunisia, pushing back British 11th Brigade. Meanwhile, British 2nd Parachute Brigade crossed Miliane River south of Oudna airfield and continued northwest toward El Fedja. ww2dbase [Advance into Tunisia | CPC]
  • The "Grado" Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy was attached to German Army units in Tunisia. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Ira Eaker was named the commanding officer of the US Eighth Air Force in Britain, replacing Carl Spaatz. ww2dbase [Ira Eaker | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1942
USS Minneapolis in Tulagi, Solomon Islands, under repair for torpedo damage received during Battle of Tassafaronga, 1 Dec 1942; note her bow being cut awayInjured man aboard USS Minneapolis, 1 Dec 1942German woman working in an office in Minsk, Byelorussia, 1-2 Dec 1942Soviet snipers moving amongst ruined buildings in Stalingrad, Russia, 1 Dec 1942
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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