CBI - China: Day 101 of 154 of the Japanese Invasion of Manchuria.
1936 — , December 27
Spain: Day 164 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
1937 — , December 27
Spain: Day 529 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
CBI - China: Day 174 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 19 of 54 of the Battle of Nanking.
Day 15 of 50 of the Rape of Nanking.
1938 — , December 27
Spain: Day 894 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
CBI - China: Day 539 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 77 of 81 of Japan's Operation GUANGDONG.
1939 — , December 27
Finland: Day 28 of 105 of the Russo-Finnish War. In southern Finland, the Soviets vacate the Taipale area. In central Finland, the Finnish 9th Division attack toward Suomussalmi, recapturing the village and forcing the Soviet 163rd Division to retreat in panic.
CBI - China: Day 904 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 43 of 381 of the Battle of South Guangxi.
1940 — , December 27
ETO - UK: Day 113 of 258 of the Blitz.
MTO - North Africa: Day 19 of 63 of the UK's Operation COMPASS, their campaign in North Africa against the Italian troops in Egypt and Libya.
East Africa: Day 201 of 537 of Italy's East African campaign in the lands south of Egypt.
CBI - China: Day 1,270 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
CBI - Thailand: Day 88 of 221 of the Franco-Thai War (Vichy France vs Thailand).
1941 — , December 27
ETO - Norway: British Commandos successfully raid the Norwegian port of Vaagsoy in Operation ARCHERY, killing 200 Germans and destroying 16,000 tons of shipping, causing Hitler to reinforce the garrison and defenses, drawing vital troops away from other areas.
27 Dec 41: British soldiers escort away German prisoners, who surrendered during the successful commando operation code-named Operation ARCHERY, aka the Vaagso Raid, at German military bases on Vaagsoy and Maaloy, in Norway.
No Royal Navy ships were lost, but the navy suffered four men killed and four wounded. The Commando force of 570 troops sustained 17 killed and 53 wounded, the commander of the Norwegians, Capt Linge, was killed in an attack on the local German headquarters, and the Royal Air Force had eight planes downed. The commandos accounted for at least 120 enemy killed and returned with 98 prisoners and a complete copy of the German Naval Code.
The raid was enough to persuade Adolf Hitler to divert 30,000 additional troops to Norway and upgrade coastal and inland defenses there. Hitler thought that the British might invade northern Norway to put pressure on Sweden and Finland. Some 300,000 German troops were garrisoned in Norway during the war, troops which Hitler could have put to better use in battles to try and save his Reich.
USA: Rationing for tires begins. New tires are restricted to vehicles for public health and safety (medical, fire, police, garbage, mail service), essential trucking (food, ice, fuel), and public transportation. Recapping of tires is allowed at the discretion of the local Rationing board. Civilians are allowed to keep 5 tires per automobile, and are required to surrender any others.
Russian Front - North: Day 111 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
Russian Front - Center: Day 87 of 98 of the Battle of Moscow. The Soviet Army continues its counter-offensive in the Kalinin area.
Russian Front - South: Day 59 of 248 of the Siege of Sevastopol, Crimean Peninsula.
MTO - Libya: Rommel inflicts heavy damage on the British forcing them to withdraw, which allows Rommel to fall back to El Agheila.
CBI - Burma: Day 14 of 164 of Japan's Invasion of Burma.
CBI - China: Day 1,635 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 4 of 99 of the 3rd Battle of Changsha.
CBI - Malaya: Day 20 of 55 of the Battle of British Malaya.
PTO - Australia: The Australian Prime Minister Curtin, announces, "Australia looks to America."
PTO - Borneo: Day 12 of 107 of the Battle of Borneo.
PTO - Philippines: Day 20 of 152 of the 1st Battle of the Philippines. The Japanese bomb Manila.
1942 — , December 27
Russian Front - North: Day 476 of 872 of the Siege of Leningrad.
Russian Front - North: Day 39 of 59 of the Battle of Velikiye Luki, near Leningrad. This stalemate does help ease the siege a little, but mostly it keeps German troops from being sent to other fronts.
Russian Front - North: Day 237 of 658 of the Siege of the Kholm Pocket, USSR lays siege to the Kholm Pocket but the Germans hold out for a about a year and a half.
Russian Front - South: Day 128 of 165 of the Battle of Stalingrad, bloodiest battle in human history.
Russian Front - South: Day 16 of 69 of the USSR's Operation LITTLE SATURN, a successful drive into the Northern Caucasus and the Donets Basin pushing the Axis troops out.
MTO - Algeria: British 1st Army repels an attack in the Medjez el Bab area.
MTO - Tunisia: Day 41 of 178 of the Battle of Tunisia. US 9th and 12th Air Forces provide Allied air support.
CBI - Burma: Day 7 of 104 of the 1st Battle of Arakan.
CBI - China: Day 2,000 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
PTO - Alaska: Day 204 of 435 of the Battle of Kiska, Aleutian Islands.
PTO - Malaya: Day 312 of 357 of the Battle of Timor Island, a long guerrilla war ending in Japanese victory.
PTO - New Guinea: Richard Bong shoots down his first two Japanese planes, a Val and a Zeke, and is awarded the Silver Star. He will go on to be America's highest-scoring air ace, shooting down at least 40 Japanese aircraft.
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09 Jan 42: Receives wings, commissioned 2nd Lieutenant
12 Jun 42: Reprimanded, grounded for reckless flying
10 Sep 42: Assigned to 9th Fighter Squadron, Australia
27 Dec 42: Shoots down his first two Japanese planes
07 Jan 43: Shoots down his 3rd and 4th Japanese planes
08 Jan 43: Gets 5th Japanese plane, becoming an Ace