8 December 1941
At the same time as they attack Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces west of the International Date Line attack Thailand, Malaya, Singapore, Hong Kong, Guam, Midway, Wake Island and the Philippines.
No.1 Squadron (RAAF) send six Hudsons to attack the forces invading Malaya, sinking a 9,700ton transport ship for the lose of two aircraft
Great Britain, United States and their allies declare war on Japan
Russia remains neutral in the Far East
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), 8 December 1941 , http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1941_12_08.html