This Week in WWII – 3rd Week of December


First Canadian troops arrive in Britain.


Hitler issues a definitive directive that Operation Barbarossa would begin on May 15, 1941; however, it would not 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 U.S. must retaliate for Pearl Harbor by bombing Japan as soon as possible. Arcadia Conference between U.S. and Britain begins in Washington DC.


Dwight D. Eisenhower is named Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces.


The Battle of the Bulge begins. Malmady Massacre: 84 U.S. POWs were murdered, violating the Geneva Convention laws. The SS shot seventy-one captured American POWs in the Malmady Massacre.


General Patton dies following the car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down.


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