British advance on Japanese positions
Tuesday, December 22, 1942 www.onwar.com
Japanese troops in the Burma jungle [photo at link]
In Burma... General Lloyd, commanding British 14th Indian Division, orders his 47th Indian Brigade to advance down both sides of the Mayu Peninsula while 123rd Brigade is sent to Rathedaung.
On the Eastern Front... Soviet advances continue rapidly. They retake several towns including Morozovsk, Nikolkoe and Fydorovka.
In Tunisia... The British 5th Corps of 1st Army begin an attack just north of Medjez el Bab. There is fierce fighting around Longstop Hill.
December 22nd, 1942
Submarine HMS Sturdy laid down.
Destroyer HMS Vigilant launched.
Frigate HMS Ness commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
U-294 laid down.
U-200 commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
POLAND: Cracow: Bomb blasts in two of the city’s cafes have killed at least 20 German officers. The explosions, the work of a group of young Zionists led by Adolf Liebeskind, mark the climax of a resistance campaign which has included arson attacks on Nazi targets and the theft of weapons from German soldiers and police. Increasing numbers of younger Jews have joined the underground resistance movements, often under the umbrella of Soviet and Polish communist partisans. They want to show that the Jewish people will not go to their deaths without putting up a fight.
U.S.S.R.: The rapid Soviet advance retakes Morozovsk, Fydorovka and Nikolkoe. The Germans start a swift retreat from exposed positions in the Caucasus.
NORTH AFRICA: The British V Corps attacks north of Medjez el Bab. The heavy rain does not slow the advance or the heavy fighting around Longstop Hill, which they are trying to take.
BURMA: The British 47th Brigade advances down both sides of the Mayu Peninsula. Major-General Wilfrid Lewis Lloyd (GOC 10th Indian Division) has his troops dispersed in this deployment with the 123rd Brigade moving off toward Rathedaung. (Steen Ammentorp)
CANADA: Minesweeper HMCS Transcona commenced refit Halifax, Nova Scotia for engine repairs. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: Sue Dauser takes oath of office as Superintendent of Navy Nurse Corps, becoming first woman with the relative rank of captain in US Navy. She was promoted to the rank of captain on 26 February 1944.
Destroyer USS Foote commissioned.
Corvette USS Might commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-653 loses a man washed overboard at 0810hrs. [Bootsmaat Heinz Wendler] (Alex Gordon)
Pharmacist’s Mate First Class Thomas A. Moore performs appendectomy on Fireman Second Class George M. Platter on board USS Silversides. (Dave Shirlaw)
U-565 damaged SS Cameronia in Convoy KMF-5. (Dave Shirlaw)