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World War II Today: December 27

1939
The Finnish 9th Division attacks towards Suomussalmi, recapturing the village and forcing the Russian 163rd Division to retreat in panic.

US State Department protests British removal and censorship of US mail from neutral ships.

1941
World War II Today: December 27 - US announces rationing of tires and all rubber goods, effective January 5.Japanese bomb Manila despite “open city” declaration.

Australian Prime Minister John Curtin proclaims, “Australia looks to America.”

Japanese sub I-25 shells US tanker Connecticut off the mouth of the Columbia River.

US announces rationing of tires and all rubber goods, effective January 5.

British and Norwegian Commandos raid the Norwegian port of Vågsøy, causing Hitler to reinforce the garrison and defenses.

The Australian Prime Minister, Curtin, announces, “Australia looks to America”.

The Red Army continues its counter-offensive in the Kalinin
area.

1942
Hitler agrees to allow the retreat by Army Groups A and Don to a line 150 miles west of Stalingrad.

General Giraud becomes the leader of French Africa.

Germans form Smolensk Committee to persuade Soviet POWs to fight for Axis.

1943
In Italy, the Allied advance halts at Monte Cassino.

WW2 December 27 - Monte Cassino

President Roosevelt signed an order seizing the railroads of the United States in advance of a December 30 strike of rail workers, and at 7:00 pm Washington time, soldiers from the U.S. Army began taking control of lines affected by the impending walkout.

1944
British troops reach Foul Point in Arakan.

The Russians capture Gran, this cutting all communications with Budapest and trapping five German and Hungarian divisions.

Soviets encircle Budapest, Hungary, beginning 102-day siege.

The siege of Bastogne ends in U.S. Victory.

German submarine U-877 was depth charged and sunk northwest of the Azores by Canadian corvette HMCS St. Thomas using Squid.

1945
The US, UK, and USSR agree to govern Korea jointly for five years.

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