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12 Dec 1943
  • Yamato departed Truk to cover for troop transport operation BO-1. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • Feldmarschall Rommel was appointed the head of Armeegruppe B based in France. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | TH]
  • In Moscow, Russia, a treaty of friendship was signed between Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [TH]
  • A treaty of amity, mutual aid and collaboration after the war was concluded by the Soviet Union with Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands
  • Shokaku departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi began repairing light cruiser Nagara at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Italy
  • The Canadian attack in "The Gully" region in Italy was met with resistance, suffering heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | CPC]
New Hebrides
  • USS Alabama arrived at Efate Island, New Hebrides Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy JW-55A departed Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • Jean Knox relinquished the temporary rank of chief controller of the British Auxiliary Territorial Service. ww2dbase [Jean Knox | CPC]
United States
  • USS Wake Island departed San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • Submarine Barbero was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by Mrs. Katherine R. Keating. ww2dbase [Electric Boat Company | Barbero | CPC]
  • USS Harder arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California, United States for a scheduled overhaul. ww2dbase [Mare Island Navy Yard | Harder | CPC]
  • Preston was launched at San Pedro, California, United States, sponsored by sponsored by Mrs. R. F. Gross. ww2dbase [Bethlehem San Pedro Shipyard | Preston (Fletcher-class) | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Dec 1943
Aerial view of shipping in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard repair basin with Ford Island beyond, 12 Dec 1943. Note the camouflage patterns painted on the roofs of the buildings.Aerial view of shipping in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard dry docks, 12 Dec 1943. Note USS Lexington (Essex-class) in the new Drydock No. 4 at the top of the photo.Launching of submarine Barbero, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 12 Dec 1943

12 Dec 1943 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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