Tuesday 9 December 1941
|Japanese soldiers enter the International Settlement at Shanghai, 9 December 1941. Their mission is to intern enemy aliens (CSUN).|
, commander of 4th Army which is positioned directly to the west of Moscow, points out to von Bock that even this retreat will only delay Soviet attacks for a few days. In despair, von Bock tells von Kluge:
I am at the point of sending the Fuehrer a personal telegram telling him that I am confronted with decisions here that go far beyond the military.By this, von Bock may mean a retreat such as Napoleon's army undertook in 1812 which destroyed the French Army.
|Aerial view of the hangar area at Kaneohe Bay, Oahu on 9 December 1941. This view is to the southeast, roughly the direction that the attackers would have taken. US Naval Historical Center.|
Some of our units are pushing the enemy back frontally instead of going around him and encircling him. Instead of breaking through the enemy's fortifications, they stand before them and complain about problems and heavy losses. These negative modes of operations give the enemy the chance to redeploy to new lines, regroup, and organize resistance anew.Both sides, thus, are beginning to complain about their soldiers being insufficiently stoic, a reflection of the truly brutal conditions everyone is facing in the snow and frost.
|In its 9 December 1941 edition, the NY Times notes with approval that "President's Power Greatly Enlarged."|
|Blackouts and curfews are imposed all along the US west coast. Here, a newsroom in San Francisco operates in the dark (in more ways than one) during the blackout on 9 December 1941.|