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20 Dec 1937
  • German Great War General Erich Ludendorff dies in Munich, Germany. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Arashio was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Arashio | CPC]
  • The Japanese Domei News Agency reported that life in Nanjing, China, which was recently captured by Japanese troops, was returning to normal, and refugees who had fled the city prior and during the battle were starting to return. ww2dbase [Battle of Nanjing and the Rape of Nanjing | Nanjing | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British Royal Navy issued the order for the light cruiser to be named HMS Mauritius. ww2dbase [Mauritius | CPC]

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