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25 Dec 1944
  • USS Mingo attacked a Japanese convoy between Singapore and Brunei, Borneo, damaging an escorting gunboat and sinking tanker Manila Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Snook began her eighth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 2nd Armored Division, with British help, stopped German 2.Panzer Division just 4 miles from the Meuse River in Belgium. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • A surprise Luftwaffe attack on Bastogne, Belgium bombed Anthony McAuliffe's headquarters and the 10th Armored aid station. The three–storey building collapsed on top of the wounded patients and set the ruins on fire. Nurse Renée Lemaire was killed together with twenty-five seriously wounded patients, burnt to death in their beds. Soldiers rushing to pull away debris found themselves also machine gunned by the low-flying bombers. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The small US and British military missions previously sent to eastern Czechoslovakia to aid the Slovak National Uprising were captured by the Germans. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Emden arrived at Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Poland
  • Three baby girls were born in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in occupied Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Dec 1944
Von der Heydte during the Ardennes Offensive, Dec 1944Map showing German gains during first days of the Battle of the Bulge, 16-25 Dec 1944Troops of Company H, 3rd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, US 82nd Airborne Division escorting a captured German SS soldier, Bra, Belgium, 25 Dec 1944Remains of German soldiers who attempted to attack the US 101st Airborne Division command post near Bastogne, Belgium, 25 Dec 1944
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25 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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