The British Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out more daylight
raids on objectives in North West Germany.
Russian Front, Soviet troops continued to advance in many
sectors. A hundred villages recaptured in the Russian counter-attacks
around Yelets. Many villages also recaptured in the Tikhvin
area. Soviet advance continued on the Southern Front.
In Africa, Mr, Churchill announced that General Sir Alan Cunningham
had been replaced as commander of the 8th Army by Major General
N. M. Ritchie.
Far East, Penang heavily bombed. Reports stated that Japanese
attacks of the Philippines, Malaya and Hong Kong were being
successfully held. Australian bombers based on Dutch East
Indies raided Japanese air bases on Pobra Island.
Very slight Luftwaffe activity over Northeast England by night.
Italy and Germany declared war on the United States of America
and the United States of America declared war against Germany
Sir Winston Churchill on Russia six weeks or a month ago people
were wondering whether Moscow would be taken, or Leningrad
or how soon the Wehrmacht would overrun the Caucasus and then
the oilfields of Baku. We had to consider what we could do
to prepare ourselves on the long front from the Caspian Sea
to the Mediterranean. Since then a striking fact has become
evident. The enormous power of the Russian Army and the glorious
steadfastness and energy shown in resisting the frightful
assault have now been made plain. On the top of this has come
the Russian winter, and on top of that the Russian Air Force.
forced his armies into this barren and devastated
land. He has everywhere been brought to a standstill. On a
large portion of the front he is in retreat. The sufferings
of his troops are indescribable. Their losses have been immense.
The cold, snow, and piercing winds blow across the icy spaces
and ruined towns and villages, and along the lines of communication
assaulted by guerillas. There is a stubborn unyielding resistance
by the Russian people who defend every stone, every house
and every yard of their soil. All these have inflicted upon
the Wehrmacht Army and the German nation a bloody prop. Almost
unequalled in the history of the war. This is not the end
of the winter. It is the beginning The Russians have now regained
a definite superiority in the air over large parts of the
front. They have the great cities in which to live. Their
soldiers are habituated to the severity of their native climate,
and they are inspired with the feeling of advance after a
long retreat and of vengeance for monstrous injury.
launching of the Nazi campaign on Russia we can
now see, after less than six months of fighting, that he has
made one of the outstanding blunders of history, and the result
so far realised constitutes an event of cardinal importance
in the final decision of the war. House of Commons, 11 December
Hawaiian Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 6
B-18 Bolo medium bomber fly sea search mission from Hawaiian
Islands. Similar missions by B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers,
B-18 Bolo medium bomber, and A-20 Havoc light bombers are
flown each day for the remainder of the year; several submarines
are sighted and some are attacked but without positive evidence
Zone of Interior. Second and Fourth Air Forced are assigned
to Western Defence Command.
Launched 11 December 1941
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