This Week in WWII – 3rd Week of December


First Canadian troops arrive in Britain.


Hitler issued a definitive directive that Operation Barbarossa would begin on May 15, 1941…it didn’t actually begin until 6/22/1941.


Adolf Hitler becomes Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the German Army. FDR meets with Joint Chiefs of Staff and indicates that the US must retaliate for Pearl Harbor by bombing Japan as soon as possible. Arcadia conference between US and Britain begins in Washington DC.


8th Air Force Attacks Kassel,Germany.


Battle of the Bulge begins. Malmady Massacre…84 US POW’s were murdered in violation of the Geneva Convention. The SS shot seventy-one captured American POWs in the Malmedy massacre.