7 December 1941
War at Sea
German submarine U-208 sunk with all hands off Gibraltar
Japan declares war on United States and United Kingdom (because of the international date line, this takes place on 8 December in Japan)
Japanese carrier based aircraft attack the American naval base at Pearl Harbor.
Because Pearl Harbor is east of the International Date Line, the simultaneous Japanese attacks on Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines take place on 8 December.
Hong Kong 1941-45 - First strike in the Pacific War, Benjamin Lai
Looks at the eighteen day long battle of Hong Kong, a gallant but doomed British and Commonwealth attempt to defend the colony against a larger Japanese army with powerful air support. Also covers the Chinese resistance, the fate of the POWs and the eventual liberation of Hong Kong. A good history of one of the earliest battles of the Pacific War. [read full review
How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 7 December 1941 , http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1941_12_07.html