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17 Dec 1942
  • Japanese Navy Captain Chiaki Matsuda relieved Rear Admiral Gihachi Takayanagi as the commanding officer of Yamato; Takayanagi was reassigned as the Chief of Staff of the First Fleet. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden reported to the British House of Commons of the mass murder of Jews by the Germans; this would be followed almost immediately by a US declaration that these crimes would be avenged. ww2dbase [Anthony Eden | TH]
  • Axis forces largely completed their evacuation from the Marsa Brega and El Agheila region in Libya. ww2dbase [Second Battle of El Alamein | CPC]
  • Archibald Wavell met with Joseph Stilwell; during the meeting, despite Stilwell's insistence, Wavell refused to expand his current attack on Arakan, Burma into a larger coordinated joint-Chinese-American-British campaign. ww2dbase [Archibald Wavell | CPC]
  • Hubert Lanz stepped down as the commanding officer of 1. Gebirgs-Division. ww2dbase [Hubert Lanz | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was made the commanding officer of old battleship Yamato. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
  • USS S-35 set sail for Adak, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [S-35 | Kiska | CPC]
Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • Troops of the US Army 132nd Infantry Regiment captured Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Meanwhile, troops of the 35th Infantry Regiment of the US Army 25th Division arrived on the island. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | Guadalcanal | CPC]
  • The Japanese completed a 4,700-foot long airstrip at Munda Point, New Georgia, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | Munda Point, New Georgia | CPC]
  • US aircraft attacked Lashio Airfield, Burma for the first time. ww2dbase [Lashio Airfield | Lashio | CPC]
  • Jewish violinist Julius Stwertka, a former leading member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and co-leader of the Vienna Philharmonic, passed away in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Theresienstadt Concentration Camp | TerezĂ­n, Cechy | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Kamoi departed Mili, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Mili | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 17 Dec 1942
Pensacola at Espiritu Santo on 17 Dec 1942, showing damage sustained at Battle of Tassafaronga

17 Dec 1942 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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