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21 Dec 1942
  • HMS CUMBERLAND provided distant cover with HM Battleship ANSON and HM Destroyers FORESTER, ICARUS, IMPULSIVE , HM Escort Destroyers BLANKNEY and CHIDDINGFOLD for passage of Russian Convoy JW51B. ww2dbase [Cumberland | Anson | DS]
  • USS S-28 arrived at Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [S-28 | Unalaska | CPC]
  • USS S-35 suffered electrical fires during a storm, forcing her to end the war patrol early. ww2dbase [S-35 | CPC]
  • British and Commonwealth troops crossed the Indian-Burmese border, moving into Japanese-controlled Arakan Peninsula. ww2dbase [First Battle of Arakan | Arakan | CPC]
  • Kurt Zeitzler asked Adolf Hitler for permission for Friedrich Paulus' German 6.Armee, encircled within Stalingrad, Russia, to break out to meet Erich von Manstein's relief efforts from the outside. Hitler rejected it, noting that German troops were to hold Stalingrad. ww2dbase [Battle of Stalingrad | TH]
Taiwan Photo(s) dated 21 Dec 1942
John Day of US 7th Marine Regiment on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 21 Dec 1942

21 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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"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

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