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20 Dec 1944
  • US 83rd Division, as part of the US First Army, was attached to the British 21st Army Group. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Dwight Eisenhower was officially promoted to the rank of General of the Army, a 5-star general rank. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | CPC]
Belgium
  • Armored elements of German 6.SS-Panzerarmee captured Stavelot, Belgium, capturing the US fuel supply stored there for their own use. ww2dbase [Battle of the Bulge | TH]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Preston (Fletcher-class) | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Menhaden was launched at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States, sponsored by Miss Mirium R. Johnson. ww2dbase [Menhaden | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Dragonet arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Dragonet | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Dec 1944
An American medium tank crossing Suicide Creek, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, Dec 1943Map depicting the western front of the European War, 20 Dec 1944M36 Jackson tank destroyers of 703rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, US 82nd Airborne Division en route to attack a German position near Werbomont, Belgium, 20 Dec 1944Troops of US 630th Tank Destroyer Battalion, all vehicles lost in combat, manning the front line near Bastogne, Belgium, 20 Dec 1944
See all photos dated 20 Dec 1944

20 Dec 1944 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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