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19 Dec 1939
  • In their attack on Summa, Finland, the Soviet Army lost 20 of 100 tanks. ww2dbase [The Winter War | TH]
  • Hans Langsdorff passed away. ww2dbase [Hans Langsdorff | CPC]
  • British light cruiser HMS Orion intercepted German freighter Arauca off Miami, Florida, United States; the German crew sailed into Port Everglades, Florida to avoid capture as the United States was still a neutral nation. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • HMS Hyperion intercepted German passenger liner Columbus 450 miles east of Cape May, New Jersey, United States; Columbus' crew scuttled the ship to prevent capture. ww2dbase [CPC]
China
  • Japanese troops captured Kunlun Pass 59 kilometers northeast of Nanning, Guangxi Province, China. ww2dbase [Winter Offensive | CPC]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal