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5 Dec 1941
  • Japanese invasion fleet boarded a Norwegian freighter and destroyed her radio. ww2dbase [Invasion of Malaya and Singapore | CPC]
  • Japanese submarines surrounded Hawaii Islands. ww2dbase [Attack on Pearl Harbor | Detailed Timetable | CPC]
  • Japan announced that recent troop movements in Indochina were merely precautionary. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Germans canceled Operation Typhoon on this date during which the lowest temperature dropped to -36 degrees Fahrenheit (-38 degrees Celsius). Meanwhile, Soviet General Zhukov launched Konev's Kalinin Front against German forces northwest of Moscow, Russia at 0300 hours, meeting strong resistance. From Germany, Adolf Hitler ordered the transfer of the German 2nd Air Corps from Russia to the Mediterranean Sea region. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | TH]
  • British 4th Armoured Brigade remained in the Libyan-Egyptian border region despite observing the withdrawing of Axis troops, unsure of Erwin Rommel's intentions. Meanwhile, German tanks attacked positions held by the Indian 11th Brigade near Tobruk, Libya. On the same day, Rommel was advised that supply situation would turn badly soon, and he considered withdrawing to the Gazala Line. ww2dbase [Operation Crusader | CPC]
  • U-175 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [U-175 | CPC]
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop gave Japanese ambassador Hiroshi Oshima a draft document which noted that Germany would declare war on the United States should Japan and the US enter a state of war. ww2dbase [Joachim von Ribbentrop | CPC]
  • Australian pilot Clive Caldwell, in a Tomahawk fighter, shot down five Stuka dive bombers in Libya. ww2dbase [Clive Caldwell | CPC]
  • Soviet General Meretskov launched a final assault on German positions in Tikhvin, Russia, which was 110 miles east of Leningrad. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | Kirill Meretskov | CPC]
  • The E15K floatplane took its maiden flight. ww2dbase [E15K Shiun | CPC]
Baltic Sea
  • The Germans captured the damaged and abandoned troop ship Iosif Stalin near the Estonian coast with 2,000 survivors still on board. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A suspected German W├╝rzburg radar facility was detected at Bruneval in northern France. ww2dbase [Bruneval, Haute-Normandie | AC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Irako was commissioned into Japanese Navy service with Captain Eisaku Tsuji in command. She departed Kobe, Japan. ww2dbase [Irako | Kobe, Hyogo | CPC]
  • Crown Prince Yi Un toured Keijo (now Seoul), Korea. ww2dbase [Yi Un | Keijo | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down a British Hurricane fighter while escorting Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers south of Bir el Gubi Libya at 1525 hours. It was his 26th kill. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Bir el Gubi | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Katori arrived at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Katori | Kwajalein | CPC]
Philippines Russia
  • Bauyrzhan Momyshuly was seriously wounded in combat in Moscow Oblast, Russia. ww2dbase [Bauyrzhan Momyshuly | Moscow | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Dec 1941
Map depicting the German advance on Moscow, Russia, 26 Aug-5 Dec 1941Abandoned German vehicles on the Volokolamsk Highway near Moscow, Russia, 5 Dec 1941

5 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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