Hitler, in his New Year's order of
the day to the German armed forces, promises "...completion,
on the Western Front, of the greatest victory in our history...".
Hitler and Mussolini meet
at Berchtesgaden, with Mussolini accepting German military help
in North Africa, but not Albania.
Hitler makes one last appeal
to the Spanish leader, General Franco, to enter the war.
Laval declines Petain’s offer
of Cabinet seat in the Vichy Government.
Admiral Darlan becomes Vichy Vice-Premier.
Franco, in response to Hitler's appeal
to enter the war, says ‘I stand today already at your
side, entirely and decidedly at your disposal,' but refuses
to enter the war.
Vichy France reduces bread ration from
350g to 280g.
Admiral Darlan reports
back to Vichy after meeting Hitler and von Ribbentrop. Vichy
Cabinet approves German concessions and French counter-concessions
Vichy France announces release and
repatriation of 100,000 French POWs.
Vichy military court sentences 56 NCO’s
and privates, siding with de Gaulle to death or hard labour
in absentia. All property of free French fighters is to be confiscated.
Ex-Kaiser Wilhelm II, dies
in exile in Holland.
Germany and Italy expel
US consular officials in retaliation for similar American moves.
Goering is named Hitler’s successor.
Vichy France breaks off diplomatic
relations with the Soviet Union.
Believing the campaign
in the East soon to be concluded in Germany's favour, Hitler
orders the German war industry to shift production away from
guns and armoured vehicles to U-boats and planes.
Vichy limits wine consumption
to two litres per person per week.
French resistance member Pierre "Fabien"
Georges commits the first violent act of resistance against
the Germans in Paris when he assassinates a German naval cadet
in the Barches-Rochechouart Metro station. More than 150 Parisians
would be shot by the Germans in reprisal.
Pierre Laval is shot and wounded by
Paul Colette who is arrested.
Despite protests, Vichy parliament
moves to holiday resort in the hills.
German soldiers attacked
in the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Tobacco ration in Paris reduced to
four cigarettes per day for men and zero for women.
The Free French government
in London under General de Gaulle signs an alliance with the
50 hostages shot in Nantes, France
as reprisal for assassination of the German military commander.
50 more to die if the assassin isn't caught. German Major shot
in Bordeaux 100 arrested, 50 shot immediately.
De Gaulle meets French
Resistance and asks to spare the innocent and bide their time.
Hitler takes time out from
monitoring the assault on Moscow to meet with Haj Amin al-Husseini,
the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem in Berlin. While the Fuhrer refrains
from giving an unqualified endorsement of Arab nationalist aims
in the Middle East (he did not wish to upset Vichy France),
the two agree on the need for the "destruction" of
the "Jewish element."
In a speech before the
Reichstag, Hitler, after denouncing the un-neutral and warlike
anti-German policies of President Roosevelt and citing Germany's
obligations under the Tri-Partite Pact with Japan and Italy,
declares war on the United States. Italy follows suit some hours
Propaganda Minister, Josef
Goebbels broadcasts an appeal for winter clothing for the German
troops on the eastern front.