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30 Dec 1941
  • Japanese submarine I-1 shelled Hilo, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Attack on Pearl Harbor | Detailed Timetable | CPC]
  • 5-inch and 3-inch anti-aircraft batteries and 16 machine guns, along with their crew, arrived at Johnston Atoll. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • General Sir Archibald Wavell assumed command of the newly created ABDA Command (American-British-Dutch-Australian) with his headquarters in Java, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Archibald Wavell | AC]
  • Winston Churchill spoke to the Canadian Parliament. ww2dbase [Winston Churchill | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Kaluga, Russia near Moscow. ww2dbase [Battle of Moscow | CPC]
  • Three British Blenheim aircraft from Singapore airdropped 900 pounds of food and ammunition over Singkawang II airfield in Dutch Borneo for the British, Dutch, and Indian troops there. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Borneo | CPC]
  • Japanese Lingayen Force captured Tarlac on Luzon, Philippine Islands; American and Filipino forces fell back to the Bamban-Sibul Springs Line, the final defensive line north of Manila. South of Manila, the Japanese 16th Division reached the Laguna De Bay lake. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | CPC]
  • German and British tanks clashed near El Haseiat, Libya; the Germans destroyed 65 tanks at the loss of only 30. ww2dbase [Operation Crusader | CPC]
  • Ernest King was officially sworn in as the Commander-in-Chief of US Fleet. ww2dbase [Ernest King | CPC]
  • Francis Tuker was made the commanding officer of Indian 4th Division. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
  • Commander Jacques Houtsmuller handed over command of the Isaac Sweers to Captain Willem Harmsen, RNLN. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii Malaya
  • 8,000 troops of the 9th Brigade of the Japanese 5th Division launched probing attacks on Kampar on the west coast of British Malaya. On the east coast, Japanese troops attacked the defensive positions north of the Kuantan River, whose defenders were confused by inaccurate intelligence that the Japanese were to land from the sea behind them. ww2dbase [Invasion of Malaya and Singapore | Kampar, Perak | CPC]
  • Sergio Osmeña was sworn in as the Vice President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines at the west entrance of the Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Malinta Tunnel | Sergio Osmeña | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
  • Manuel Quezon was sworn in as the President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines at the west entrance of the Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Malinta Tunnel | Manuel Quezon | Corregidor, Cavite | CPC]
Russia United States Photo(s) dated 30 Dec 1941
A British soldier wounded during fighting in Malaya was being put onto an ambulance in Singapore, circa Dec 1941 to Jan 1942Submarine Growler at the fitting out piers at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 30 Dec 1941. Note Growler’s extended mine cutting gear above the suspended wooden planks.

30 Dec 1941 Interactive Map

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