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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 [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | 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 [Main Article | TH]
  • US Marines captured Mt. Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Meanwhile, troops of the 35th Infantry Regiment of the US Army 25th Division arrived on the island. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Axis forces largely completed their evacuation from the Marsa Brega and El Agheila region in Libya. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hubert Lanz stepped down as the commanding officer of 1. Gebirgs-Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was made the commanding officer of old battleship Yamato. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Alaska
  • USS S-35 set sail for Adak, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • The Japanese completed a 4,700-foot long airstrip at Munda Point, New Georgia, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Burma
  • US aircraft attacked Lashio Airfield, Burma for the first time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • 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 [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands 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
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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