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1 Jan 1946
  • Emperor Showa of Japan renounced his divinity. ww2dbase [Showa | CPC]
  • The rationing of tires in the United States ended. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Ioannis Rallis passed away. ww2dbase [Ioannis Rallis | CPC]
  • Rikichi Ando passed away. ww2dbase [Rikichi Ando | CPC]
  • Waller was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Waller | CPC]
  • Arthur Coningham was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. ww2dbase [Arthur Coningham | CPC]
  • Francis Tuker was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
China
  • China recognized Mongolia, a Soviet puppet state carved out of Chinese territory since 1924, as an independent country. ww2dbase [CPC]
Greenland Nauru
  • The 737 Nauruan forced laborers deported by the Japanese to Truk, Caroline Islands were returned to Nauru aboard the ship Trienza. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • I-14 crossed the International Date Line. ww2dbase [I-14 | CPC]
Singapore
  • The Anglo-Thai Peace Treaty was signed in Singapore. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • Arthur Harrison Graubart of the US Navy was named the commanding officer of the captured German cruiser USS IX-300 (formerly Prinz Eugen). ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | CPC]
  • Gracce Hopper was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Grace Hopper | CPC]
2 Jan 1946

Hawaii Japan United States
  • After overhaul at Mare Island and training operations out of San Francisco Bay, USS Parche departed San Francisco, California United States for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Mare Island Navy Yard | Parche | Vallejo, California | CPC]
3 Jan 1946
  • The British Reconnaissance Corps was disbanded at the Reconnaissance Training Centre, Catterick, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom after a parade. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany Photo(s) dated 3 Jan 1946
Tiru under construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 3 Jan 1946; submarines in background were Bashaw, Pampanito, Mingo, Gurnard, Macabi, Tunny, Guavina, and Sand LanceInactivated submarines at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 3 Jan 1946
4 Jan 1946

United States
5 Jan 1946

China
  • The Chinese government officially accepted the results of the Mongolian referendum held on 20 Oct 1945, allowing Mongolia to form an independent state. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Light carrier Hosho departed Kure, Japan for Wewak, New Guinea. ww2dbase [Hosho | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • Prince Takahito's son Princess Tomohito was born. ww2dbase [Takahito | CPC]
Russia United States
6 Jan 1946

Hawaii
  • I-400 arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [I-400 | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
  • I-401 arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [I-401 | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
  • I-14 arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [I-14 | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan and embarked Japanese personnel. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Kirun, Taihoku | CPC]
7 Jan 1946

China Taiwan Photo(s) dated 7 Jan 1946
The ruins of the Urakami Roman Catholic church, Nagasaki, Japan, 7 Jan 1946
8 Jan 1946
  • Westcott was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Westcott | CPC]
  • British submarine HM Safari, reputedly the most successful Allied submarine of the Second World War, sank in the English Channel whilst under tow to the breakers. ww2dbase [AC]
United States Photo(s) dated 8 Jan 1946
Cumberland in Grand Harbour, Malta, 8 Jan 1946
9 Jan 1946

United States
  • William Leahy informed Harry Truman that Truman's disbanding of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) had been handled in a "disgraceful way", for that the overly-rapid schedule had caused the US to lose sources of intelligence across the world. ww2dbase [William Leahy | CPC]
10 Jan 1946 China
  • Chinese Nationalist troops captured Pingquan County, Hebei Province, China. ww2dbase [Hebei | CPC]
Russia
  • Sergei Kruglov officially assumed the role as the head of Soviet NKVD. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 10 Jan 1946
Scrapping of Marblehead in Dry Dock No. 4, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 10 Jan 1946
11 Jan 1946
  • Detroit was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Detroit | CPC]
12 Jan 1946

United States
13 Jan 1946
  • USS IX-300 (former German cruiser Prinz Eugen) departed from Copenhagen, Denmark. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | CPC]
Singapore
  • A funeral service for Lim Bo Seng was held at the City Hall of Singapore. ww2dbase [Lim Bo Seng | Singapore | CPC]
United States
14 Jan 1946

Australian New Guinea
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Wewak, New Guinea and embarked Japanese personnel. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Wewak | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
16 Jan 1946

Australian New Guinea
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Wewak, New Guinea. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Wewak | CPC]
Russia
  • Alexander Novikov submitted plans for a reorganization of the Soviet Air Force to Joseph Stalin. ww2dbase [Alexander Novikov | CPC]
17 Jan 1946

South Africa
  • HMS Colossus was drydocked at the Selborne drydock at Simonstown, South Africa for repairs and refitting. ww2dbase [Colossus | Simonstown, Western Cape | CPC]
18 Jan 1946

United States
  • Sproston was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Sproston | CPC]
  • USS Wisconsin arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Wisconsin | Virginia | CPC]
19 Jan 1946

Japan Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Mero departed the Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Mero | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Stilwell stepped down from his position at the War Equipment Board in Washington, DC, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Washington | CPC]
20 Jan 1946

United States
21 Jan 1946
  • Francis Tuker was promoted to the rank of acting lieutenant commander and was given command of Eastern Command, India. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Jan 1946
Accused Japanese war criminals on trial at the Supreme Court of Singapore, 21 Jan 1946, photo 1 of 3Accused Japanese war criminals Sadaichi, Nakamura, Shoxo, Jinichiro, Majoto, Tamotsu, Mesami, Ken, Ryuichi, and Tadasu on trial at the Supreme Court of Singapore, 21 Jan 1946Accused Japanese war criminals on trial at the Supreme Court of Singapore, 21 Jan 1946, photo 2 of 3Accused Japanese war criminals on trial at the Supreme Court of Singapore, 21 Jan 1946, photo 3 of 3
See all photos dated 21 Jan 1946
22 Jan 1946 United States Photo(s) dated 22 Jan 1946
Battleship Massachusetts underway at 6 knots in Puget Sound, Washington, United States after her final overhaul, 22 Jan 1946
23 Jan 1946
  • HMS LST-412 was decommissioned and returned to the United States Navy. ww2dbase [LST-412 | CPC]
Austria
  • Soviet SMERSH agents attempted to kidnap former German agent Richard Klaus (also known as Fritz Klatt and Max) in Austria, but the Soviets were thwarted by the Americans. The Soviets were interned overnight and were returned to the Soviet occupation zone on the following day. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Uraga, Japan and disembarked personnel. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Uraga, Kanagawa | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 23 Jan 1946
Aerial view of the Pearl Harbor repair basin with Ford Island beyond, Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, 16 to 23 Jan 1946USS Bennington alongside Ford Island at Berth F-2 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 23 Jan 1946. Note her freshly painted peacetime white deck markings and camouflage paint on some of the Ford Island buildings.President Harry Truman congratulating Lieutenant Donald Gary after Gary received the Medal of Honor, the White House, Washington, DC, United States, 23 Jan 1946
24 Jan 1946
  • Kitty Hawk was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Kitty Hawk | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Conrad Helfrich's position as the Commander of the Armed Forces in the East (ie. Dutch East Indies) was abolished. ww2dbase [Conrad Helfrich | CPC]
United States
  • Harry Truman secretly made Sidney Souers the chief of the newly-established Central Intelligence Group in a ceremony involving black cloaks and wooden daggers. This organization was not recognized by the Pentagon nor the FBI, and it would remain active for a very short period of time as all Truman wanted out of Souers was a concise daily report on intelligence matters so that Truman could save some time. ww2dbase [Harry Truman | CPC]
26 Jan 1946

Russia
  • Severin Dobrovolsky, a former White Russian military officer who later became loyal to the Soviet Union and acted as a Soviet spy in Finland, was executed for counter-revolutionary activities. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS Saint Paul arrived at Terminal Island Naval Shipyard near Los Angeles, California, United States for repairs. ww2dbase [Saint Paul | Los Angeles, California | CPC]
  • USS Shamrock Bay arrived at Seattle, Washington, United States, bringing back US servicemen from Pacific bases. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | Seattle, Washington | CPC]
27 Jan 1946

United States
  • USS Charr arrived at San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Charr | San Diego, California | CPC]
  • Colonel William Councill made the first transcontinental jet flight across the United States (Long Beach, California to New York, New York) in a P-80 jet fighter. The flight time was 4 hours, 13 minutes, and 26 seconds, and the average speed of 940 kilometers per hour (584 miles per hour). ww2dbase [P-80 Shooting Star | Long Beach, California | CPC]
28 Jan 1946

Photo(s) dated 28 Jan 1946
I-58
29 Jan 1946

United States
  • USS Segundo entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States for overhaul. ww2dbase [Mare Island Navy Yard | Segundo | Vallejo, California | CPC]
  • Harry Hopkins, one of Franklin Roosevelt's closest advisers and a key policy maker in creating the Lend-Lease Act, died of stomach cancer in New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Harry Hopkins | New York | AC]
Photo(s) dated 29 Jan 1946
USS Besugo at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 29 Jan 1946; note USS Spadefish and USS Barbero in background
30 Jan 1946
  • HMS Activity was placed in Category B Reserve. ww2dbase [Activity | CPC]
Byelorussia
31 Jan 1946

Photo(s) dated 31 Jan 1946
Katsuragi in Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain, 31 Jan 1946
1 Feb 1946
  • Isherwood was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Isherwood | CPC]
Germany
2 Feb 1946

Dutch East Indies
  • Australian troops pulled out of Indonesia. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan United States
3 Feb 1946

Latvia
4 Feb 1946

Japan
  • The Government Section of the Allied General Headquarters in Japan officially began the drafting of a new Japanese Constitution, shortly after it had rejected a Japanese proposal. ww2dbase [Tokyo | CPC]
5 Feb 1946 Hawaii Photo(s) dated 5 Feb 1946
Letter to US Secretary of War Robert Patterson to request clemency for Yamashita, 5 Feb 1946Letter to US President Harry Truman to request clemency for Yamashita, 5 Feb 1946Request for Executive Clemency for Yamashita, addressed to Truman, 5 Feb 1946, page 1 of 4Request for Executive Clemency for Yamashita, addressed to Truman, 5 Feb 1946, page 2 of 4
See all photos dated 5 Feb 1946
6 Feb 1946

Taiwan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan and embarked Japanese personnel. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Kirun, Taihoku | CPC]
7 Feb 1946

Taiwan Photo(s) dated 7 Feb 1946
G├Âring, He├č, Ribbentrop, and Keitel at the Nuremberg Trials, 7 Feb 1946, photo 2 of 2G├Âring, He├č, Ribbentrop, and Keitel at the Nuremberg Trials, 7 Feb 1946, photo 1 of 2
8 Feb 1946

United States
  • Richard Heppner was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. ww2dbase [Richard Heppner | CPC]
9 Feb 1946
  • Hammerhead was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Hammerhead | CPC]
Russia
  • At the Bolshoi Theater in central Moscow, Russia, Joseph Stalin made a speech which effectively claimed that the Western Allies played little or no part in the Soviet victory over Germany in WW2. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | Moscow | CPC]
11 Feb 1946

United States
12 Feb 1946 United States
13 Feb 1946
  • Tuscaloosa was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Tuscaloosa | CPC]
China
  • China and the newly established nation of Mongolia formally established diplomatic relations. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • The Allied General Headquarters presented the Japanese government the draft of a new Constitution. This draft was heavily influenced by the earlier works by the Constitutional Research Association led by Iwasaburo Takano and Yasuzo Suzuki. ww2dbase [Tokyo | CPC]
15 Feb 1946

British Western Pacific Territories
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Fauro Island, Solomon Islands and embarked Japanese personnel. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Fauro | CPC]
Russia
  • Fleet escort ship F7 was assigned to the Soviet North Baltic Fleet. ww2dbase [F7 | CPC]
16 Feb 1946
  • Drum was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Drum | CPC]
  • Heavy cruiser USS Oregon City (CA-122) was commissioned with Captain Burtnett Kent Culver in command. ww2dbase [AC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Fauro Island, Soloman Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Fauro | CPC]
18 Feb 1946

China
  • Du Yuming was secretly flown to Beiping, China for treatment of his kidney ailments. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Beiping | CPC]
19 Feb 1946

British Western Pacific Territories
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Torokina, Solomon Islands and embarked Japanese personnel. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Torokina | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Cabrilla conducted exercises in the Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
  • USS Ling arrived at Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Ling | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Alan Turing presented a paper that revealed his design of a stored-program computer, but he was scrutized by the British government as it contained too much secret technology developed during WW2. ww2dbase [Alan Turing | CPC]
United States
  • New Mexico Senator Dennis Chavez recommended Pedro del Valle to President Harry Truman as the governor of Puerto Rico; local political opposition eventually led to del Valle asked to be excluded from consideration. ww2dbase [Pedro del Valle | CPC]
21 Feb 1946
  • Submarine R-1 sank in 6.4 meters of water at Key West, Florida, United States. ww2dbase [R-1 | CPC]
  • In N├╝rnberg, Germany, Hans Fritzsche was shown a Soviet documentary about the destruction of Eastern European cities in the war and broke down. ww2dbase [Nuremberg Trials and Other Trials Against Germany | CPC]
Belgium
  • Jos├ę Streel was exeucted by firing squad at the army barracks in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. ww2dbase [Jos├ę Streel | Brussels | CPC]
22 Feb 1946

Hawaii Malaya
  • General Seishiro Itagaki formally surrendered the Japanese Seventh Area Army to Lieutenant General F. W. Messervy at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaya. ww2dbase [Seishiro Itagaki | Kuala Lumpur, Selangor | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Feb 1946
Lieutenant General F. W. Messervy of Malaya Command receiving the sword of General Itagaki of Japanese 7th Area Army at a formal ceremony of surrender, Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, 22 Feb 1946
23 Feb 1946
  • Japanese General Yamashita executed by hanging at Los Banos Prison Camp near Manila. ww2dbase [Tomoyuki Yamashita | CPC]
United States
  • USS Gabilan was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States and was assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Gabilan | New London, Connecticut | CPC]
24 Feb 1946
  • Submarine R-1 was raised from her sunken state. ww2dbase [R-1 | CPC]
United States
25 Feb 1946
  • Franz Halder was interrogated by US Army attorney Captain Sam Harris; during the interrogation, Halder revealed the plan and the history of the 1938 plot against Adolf Hitler (which was never launched). ww2dbase [Franz Halder | CPC]
  • The Red Army of the Soviet Union was officially renamed the Soviet Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 25 Feb 1946
Japanese Army Major Ichikawa of 3rd Battalion, 215th Infantry Regiment awaiting trial for the death of 600 civilians of the village of Kalagan in Southern Burma during the war, Rangoon, 25 Feb 1946
26 Feb 1946

United States
27 Feb 1946
  • Marblehead was sold for scrap. ww2dbase [Marblehead | CPC]
Japan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Uraga, Japan and disembarked personnel. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Uraga, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Prince Naruhiko was interviewed by the Yomiuri-Hochi newspaper. ww2dbase [Naruhiko | CPC]
United States
  • USS Alabama departed San Pedro, California, United States for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Alabama | San Pedro, California | CPC]
28 Feb 1946

China
  • The Sino-French Accords was signed in Chongqing, China, in which France formally relinquished extra-territorial rights in Shanghai, Tianjin, Hankou, and Guangzhou. It also changed the status of Haiphong, Tonkin, French Indochina to that of a free port for the Chinese. In concession, China began withdrawing its troops from northern French Indochina. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS ABSD-1 prepared for inactivation while at Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [ABSD-1 | CPC]
United States
  • Henry Arnold was removed from the active list of the US Army Air Force due to a heart arrhythmia. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell stepped down as the commanding officer of Western Defense Command, Presidio of San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | San Francisco, California | CPC]
1 Mar 1946
  • Wedderburn was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Wedderburn | CPC]
  • The Soviet Council of Commissars approved the promotion of Vasiliy Stalin, the son of Joseph Stalin, to the rank of major general; Vyacheslav Molotov personally called Vasiliy Stalin to share the news, but Vasiliy Stalin was too drunk to understand. ww2dbase [Vyacheslav Molotov | CPC]
China
  • The United States and China formally ended the Sino-American Special Technical Cooperative Organization (SACO) agreement. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
2 Mar 1946

United States
4 Mar 1946

French Morocco
  • Eirik Labonne was made the Resident-General of French Morocco, replacing Gabriel Puaux. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Prince Naruhiko was interviewed by the New York Times newspaper. ww2dbase [Naruhiko | CPC]
5 Mar 1946

Japan
  • Iwane Matsui entered Sugamo Prison, Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Iwane Matsui | Tokyo | CPC]
United States
  • Winston Churchill gave the "Iron Curtain" speech at Fulton College (now Westminster College), Missouri, United States. ww2dbase [Winston Churchill | Fulton, Missouri | CPC]
6 Mar 1946
  • Ho Chi Minh signed an agreement with France which recognized Vietnam as an autonomous state in the Indochinese Federation and the French Union. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Pintado was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
7 Mar 1946

Photo(s) dated 7 Mar 1946
Mug shot of Iva Toguri, taken at Sugamo Prison, Tokyo, Japan, 7 Mar 1946, photo 1 of 2Mug shot of Iva Toguri, taken at Sugamo Prison, Tokyo, Japan, 7 Mar 1946, photo 2 of 2US Vice Admiral Charles M. Cooke, Jr. and Chinese General Dai Li at Yiheyuan (Summer Palace), Beiping, China, 7 Mar 1946
9 Mar 1946

Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Ling departed Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Ling | CPC]
11 Mar 1946
  • Rudolf H├Âss, who had been living for the past year as a farmer under the pseudonym Franz Lang, was arrested by British troops. ww2dbase [Rudolf H├Âss | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain and embarked Japanese personnel. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
Germany Photo(s) dated 11 Mar 1946
Carl Mannerheim and new Finnish President Juho Paasikivi, 11 Mar 1946, photo 1 of 2; note Alli Paasikivi in backgroundCarl Mannerheim and new Finnish President Juho Paasikivi, 11 Mar 1946, photo 2 of 2
12 Mar 1946
  • Ferenc Sz├ílasi was executed. ww2dbase [Ferenc Sz├ílasi | CPC]
  • Regarding the countless German civilian deaths as the result of Allied bombing, Wing Commander Millington, MP of Chelmsford, said at the House of Commons "We want - that is, the people who served in Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force and their next-of-kin - a categorical assurance that the work we did was militarily and strategically justified." ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
Germany Yugoslavia
  • Dragoljub Mihailovic was found and captured by Yugoslavian Communists in eastern Bosnia. ww2dbase [Dragoljub Mihailovic | Bosnia | CPC]
13 Mar 1946
  • Submarine R-1 was sold to Macey O. Smith of Miami, Florida, United States for scrap. ww2dbase [R-1 | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Photo(s) dated 13 Mar 1946
FR-1 Fireball fighter of US Navy squadron VF-41 landing aboard escort carrier USS Bairoko, 13 Mar 1946; this aircraft
14 Mar 1946
  • Werner von Blomberg passed away. ww2dbase [Werner von Blomberg | CPC]
  • Prichett was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Prichett | CPC]
  • At the Nuremberg Trials, Hermann G├Âring said that the Spanish Civil War was used by the Luftwaffe to test out newly designed equipment and to battle-harden its personnel. ww2dbase [Nuremberg Trials and Other Trials Against Germany | CPC]
Germany United States Photo(s) dated 14 Mar 1946
Japanese Army Lt Nakamura being led to the scaffold where he would be executed by hanging for beheading an Indian soldier at Pulau Island near Singapore during the war, 14 Mar 1946
15 Mar 1946
  • The Greek Civil War began. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Nikolai Voznesensky stepped down as the First Deputy Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Nikolai Voznesensky | CPC]
  • Georgy Malenkov stepped down as the deputy of the Soviet Council of Commissars. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany Russia
  • Joseph Stalin renamed all Soviet commissariats to ministries. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | Moscow | CPC]
16 Mar 1946

China
  • Du Yuming underwent a surgery in Beiping, China, removing his left kidney. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Beiping | CPC]
17 Mar 1946

China
  • Dai Li passed away in an aircraft accident in Nanjing, China. ww2dbase [Dai Li | Nanjing | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Cabrilla completed exercises in the Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Mar 1946
USS Indiana, USS Massachusetts, and USS Alabama at the Embarcadero, San Francisco, California, United States, 17 Mar 1946
18 Mar 1946

Russia
  • Georgy Malenkov and Lavrentiy Beria were made full members of the Soviet Politburo. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Mar 1946
Official portrait of Vice-Admiral Aubrey Fitch, 18 Mar 1946.
19 Mar 1946 Russia
  • The Soviet Council of Commissars was renamed the Council of Ministers. Joseph Stalin remained as the chairman of the council. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | Moscow | CPC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria was named one of the deputies of the newly renamed Soviet Council of Ministers. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | Moscow | CPC]
  • Sergei Kruglov was named the Minister of Internal Affairs (MVD) in the Soviet Council of Ministers. ww2dbase [Moscow | CPC]
  • Vsevolod Merkulov was named the Minister of State Security (MGB) in the Soviet Council of Ministers. ww2dbase [Vsevolod Merkulov | Moscow | CPC]
United States
20 Mar 1946

United States
  • USS Hackleback was decommissioned from service at San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Hackleback | San Francisco, California | CPC]
  • LST-412 was struck from the US Naval Register. ww2dbase [LST-412 | CPC]
22 Mar 1946
  • Robert Saundby retired from the RAF on medical grounds. ww2dbase [Robert Saundby | CPC]
Taiwan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later in the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Kirun, Taihoku | CPC]
United States
  • USS Missouri departed the United States with the remains of Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Munir Ertegun. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Mar 1946
Fourteen Japanese accused of the 637 murders at Kalagon Village on trial, Rangoon, Burma, 22 Mar 1946
23 Mar 1946
  • Mikhail Rodionov became the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Russian SFSR. ww2dbase [Mikhail Rodionov | CPC]
Japan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kagoshima, Japan and disembarked personnel. She departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Kagoshima | CPC]
United States
  • USS Sargent Bay arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, United States for inactivation. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Boston, Massachusetts | CPC]
  • Henry Arnold was promoted to the permanent rank of General of the Army. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Mar 1946
US President Harry Truman, Secretary of State James Byrnes, and newly-appointed Ambassador Walter Smith discussing SmithChiang Kaishek, Australian Ambassador Douglas Copland, and Chinese leaders in Chongqing, China, 23 Mar 1946Émile Bertin with a junk alongside, French Indochina, 23 Mar 1946
24 Mar 1946

Germany
25 Mar 1946
  • Tranquility was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Tranquility | CPC]
  • HMS Activity was sold to the civilian firm Glen Lines; she was to be renamed Breconshire. ww2dbase [Activity | CPC]
  • USS Iowa returned to the United States from Japan. ww2dbase [Iowa | CPC]
Germany
26 Mar 1946
  • US 83rd Infantry Division returned to the United States from Europe. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Long Island was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Long Island | CPC]
South Africa United States
  • James Doolittle was requested by US Secretary of War Robert Patterson to head a commission on the relationships between officers and enlisted men in the US Army; the findings of the "Doolittle Board" was later criticized by officers and non-commissioned officers as counter-productive. ww2dbase [James Doolittle | CPC]
28 Mar 1946
  • Commanding officer Captain Richard Oliver of USS Sargent Bay was relieved by Commander Milton Worley. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | CPC]
Korea
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Busan, Korea and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Busan, Gyeongsangnam | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Mar 1946
Fifteen Japanese accused of the 18-26 Aug 1945 Lantau Island atrocities on trial, Hong Kong, 28 Mar 1946Chief of Naval Operations Chester Nimitz and Chief of Staff Dwight Eisenhower toast each other with mint juleps after receiving honorary degrees as Doctors of Law from the University of Richmond, Virginia, 28 Mar 1946.
29 Mar 1946

United States
  • Submarine Marlin was sold to Boston Metal Company, Baltimore, Maryland, United States for scrap. ww2dbase [Marlin | CPC]
  • USS Haddock arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States. ww2dbase [Haddock | New London, Connecticut | CPC]
30 Mar 1946
  • Over 1,000 Germans were arrested by the Allied occupation administration for the attempt to re-organize the Nazi Party. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany Photo(s) dated 30 Mar 1946
Aerial view of RAF Old Buckenham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, 30 Mar 1946
31 Mar 1946
  • Young was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Young | CPC]
  • Lord Gort passed away. ww2dbase [John Vereker | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Uraga, Japan and disembarked personnel. She entered drydock for repairs. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Uraga, Kanagawa | CPC]
1 Apr 1946
  • Commander Jack Seymour became the commanding officer of USS Charr. ww2dbase [Charr | CPC]
  • Katsuragi was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Katsuragi | CPC]
  • I-58 was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [I-58 | CPC]
  • The US Navy conducted a mass scuttling of captured enemy warships. Twenty-one surviving giant Japanese submarines (including the infamous I-58) were among the vessels destroyed. ww2dbase [AC]
Canada
  • Portions of the Alaska-Canadian Highway physically located in Canada were turned over to the Canadian government. ww2dbase [CPC]
India
  • Roderick Carr was named the commanding officer of the Royal Indian Air Force. ww2dbase [Roderick Carr | CPC]
Malaya
  • The Malayan Union was formed, consisting of all states in Malaya; it was a still a British colony, but it was intended to be a stepping stone to an independent state. Singapore was excluded due to its importance as a British naval base, and that the large numbers of Chinese in Singapore would further complicate ethnic tensions in Malaya. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • I-402 was scuttled 60 miles off Sasebo, Japan at 1300 hours. ww2dbase [I-402 | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Apr 1946
I-58 prepared for scuttling, 1 Apr 1946
2 Apr 1946
  • Pierre Charles Cournarie stepped down as the Governor-General of French West Africa. ww2dbase [CPC]
3 Apr 1946
  • Masaharu Homma passed away. ww2dbase [Masaharu Homma | CPC]
  • The Australian-Thai Peace Treaty was signed. ww2dbase [CPC]
4 Apr 1946
  • SMERSH agents arrested former Soviet Aviation Industry Commissar Aleksei Shakhurin. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS S-35 was sunk as a target off the Hawaiian Islands. ww2dbase [S-35 | CPC]
5 Apr 1946
  • US 83rd Infantry Division was deactivated. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Wake Island was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • USS Missouri arrived at Istanbul, Turkey with the remains of Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Munir Ertegun. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
8 Apr 1946
  • The League of Nations held its final meeting. ww2dbase [CPC]
9 Apr 1946

Romania
  • Ion Antonescu, Mihai Antonescu, and Kristia Pantasi were returned to Romania for trial. ww2dbase [Ion Antonescu | CPC]
10 Apr 1946
  • USS Missouri arrived at Piraeus, Greece. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
11 Apr 1946
  • Joseph Stalin informed the Soviet Politburo explaining why former Soviet Aviation Industry Commissar Aleksei Shakhurin and his colleagues were arrested, centering largely on their responsibility for manufacturing faulty aircraft during WW2. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1946
General Dwight Eisenhower speaking at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory at Lewis Field, Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 11 Apr 1946; note lab director Edward Sharp in background
15 Apr 1946

United States Photo(s) dated 15 Apr 1946
RAF Debach, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, 15 Apr 1946
16 Apr 1946

China United States
17 Apr 1946
  • Syria became independent from France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Escort carrier Wake Island was struck from the US Naval Register. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • USS Wasp accidentally ran aground off New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
United States
  • USS Ancon was struck from the US Navy List. ww2dbase [Ancon | CPC]
18 Apr 1946
  • Daly was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Daly | CPC]
  • Craven was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Craven | CPC]
  • Gridley was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Gridley | CPC]
19 Apr 1946

United States
20 Apr 1946

China French Indochina
  • An estimated 49,000 Japanese deserters were in the ranks of the Viet Minh in northern Vietnam at this time. ww2dbase [Tonkin | CPC]
United States
  • USS Haddock began preparations for decommissioning while at New London, Connecticut, United States. ww2dbase [Haddock | New London, Connecticut | CPC]
22 Apr 1946

Russia
  • Alexander Novikov was stripped of his rank and was arrested for failing to produce reconnaissance aircraft matching those of the United States. ww2dbase [Alexander Novikov | CPC]
23 Apr 1946

Russia
  • Alexander Novikov was tortured under imprisonment. ww2dbase [Alexander Novikov | CPC]
United States
24 Apr 1946

Russia
  • Joseph Stalin met with Lavrentiy Beria, Andrei Zhdanov, Georgy Malenkov, Anastas Mikoyan, Viktor Abakumov, Vsevolod Merkulov, and Sergei Ogoltsov over the reorganization of the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB). ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | Moscow | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1946
Fleet Admiral Nimitz, Fleet Admiral Leahy, President Truman, and Vice Admiral Mitscher aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt during maneuvers off the Virginia Capes, United States, 24 Apr 1946Stern view of USS Segundo departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 24 Apr 1946Broadside view of USS Segundo departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 24 Apr 1946, photo 1 of 2Bow view of USS Segundo departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 24 Apr 1946
See all photos dated 24 Apr 1946
25 Apr 1946

Hong Kong
  • In Hong Kong, a war crimes court presided by Lieutenant-Colonel J. C. Stewart found Lieutenant Yasuo Kishi, Lieutenant Chozaburo Matsumoto, and Sergeant Major Hiroshi Uchida guilty of war crimes committed against civilians at Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong between 19 Aug and 27 Aug 1945; they were sentenced to death by hanging. 10 others were also found guilty and given prison terms ranging from 2 years to 10 years. 3 of the defendants were acquitted. ww2dbase [Tokyo Trial and Other Trials Against Japan | CPC]
United States
  • USS Barbero was decommissioned and placed in reserve while still in commission. ww2dbase [Barbero | CPC]
26 Apr 1946
  • USS Missouri departed Piraeus, Greece. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Apr 1946
Admiral Edwards reading the Presidential Unit Citatition aboard submarine Tunny, 26 Apr 1946
27 Apr 1946

United Kingdom
28 Apr 1946

China
  • Chinese Nationalist troops launched a new offensive in northeastern China against Chinese communist forces. ww2dbase [CPC]
29 Apr 1946
  • Apogon was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Apogon | CPC]
Japan
30 Apr 1946

Japan
  • James Lacey became the first Spitfire fighter pilot to fly over Japan. ww2dbase [James Lacey | AC]
Taiwan
1 May 1946
  • USS Rock was decommissioned from service and was placed into the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Rock | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Prince Yasuhiko was interrogated at the office of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Yasuhiko | Tokyo | CPC]
2 May 1946
  • Lansdowne was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Lansdowne | CPC]
  • Bailey was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Bailey | CPC]
United States
  • Benjamin Kelsey was promoted to the rank of major. ww2dbase [Benjamin Kelsey | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 May 1946
Cruiser USS Pasadena anchored off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 2 May 1946.Cruiser USS Pasadena laying off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 2 May 1946.
3 May 1946
  • Peter Drummond was made a Commander of the Order of the Phoenix of Greece posthumously. ww2dbase [Peter Drummond | CPC]
4 May 1946
  • Launched by Mrs. J. Hamilton Stubbs, HMCS Athabaskan was the last Tribal-class destroyer to be completed. Commissioned on 20 Jan 1948 her first commanding officer was Commander J. S. Davis RCN. Athabaskan saw considerable service in the Korean War and remained in Canadian service until Sep 1964, after which she was gradually run down and finally broken up in Italy in Jul 1969. ww2dbase [AC]
Japan Russia
  • N. A. Rozanov stepped down as GUKR SMERSH's chief in the 2nd Byelorussian Front. ww2dbase [CPC]
5 May 1946
  • Dong Zhao was awarded the Order of Victory of Resistance against Aggression. ww2dbase [Dong Zhao | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 May 1946
F4U-4 Corsair aircraft of US Navy squadron VF-75 and SB2C-4E Helldiver aircraft of US Navy squadron VT-75 in flight over USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, western Atlantic Ocean, 5 May 1946Chiang Kaishek on the occasion of the Republic of China government officially returning to the capital of Nanjing, China, 5 May 1946
6 May 1946
  • Thorn was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Thorn | CPC]
  • Viktor Abakumov submitted the names of Sergei Ogoltsov, Nikolai Selivanovsky, Afanasii Blinov, Nikolai Kovalchuk, and Mikhail Svinelupov as candidates to be his deputies at the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB). ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
Japan Photo(s) dated 6 May 1946
Allied officers during a parade in Berlin, Germany, 6 May 1946; note ruins of Reichstag building in background
7 May 1946 Russia
  • Vsevolod Merkulov was dismissed as the head of the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB) by the Soviet Politburo. ww2dbase [Vsevolod Merkulov | Moscow | CPC]
  • Soviet Politburo named Viktor Abakumov the head of the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB). ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | Moscow | CPC]
United States
  • Commander Warren Ronald Thompson was named the commanding officer of USS Ticonderoga. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 May 1946
Admiral Mitscher and Commodore Burke aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, 7 May 1946; other officers were Captain Thomas Regan, Vice Admiral Bernhard Bieri, and Lieutenant Commander Remington
8 May 1946

Russia
  • Alexander Novikov was tortured under imprisonment, leading to a forced confession and being sentenced to a labor camp. ww2dbase [Alexander Novikov | CPC]
10 May 1946
  • USS IX-300 (former German cruiser Prinz Eugen) departed for Honolulu, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | CPC]
  • George Brett retired from the US Army at the rank of major general. ww2dbase [George Brett | CPC]
  • The Soviet counterintelligence agency SMERSH merged with the MGB; Viktor Abakumov was made the head of this larger organization. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
United States
11 May 1946

United States
  • USS Pompon was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States and placed in the New London Group of the US Atlantic Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Pompon | New London, Connecticut | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 May 1946
Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz watching an anti-submarine weapons demonstration aboard destroyer USS Wiltsie in the Atlantic Ocean, 11 May 1946
13 May 1946
  • Adelaide was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Adelaide | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 May 1946
General Douglas MacArthur greeting Australian Prime Minister Joseph Chifley at Atsugi Airfield, Japan, 13 May 1946
14 May 1946

United States Photo(s) dated 14 May 1946
Mugford at Pearl Harbor while being prepared for use as a target for the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests, 14 May 1946, photo 1 of 2Mugford at Pearl Harbor while being prepared for use as a target for the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests, 14 May 1946, photo 2 of 2
15 May 1946

Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Menado, Celebes, Dutch East Indies and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Menado, Celebes | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 May 1946
Mitscher in cockpit on board USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, 15 May 1946
16 May 1946
  • Lardner was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Lardner | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Morotai, Moluccan Islands and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Morotai, Maluku Islands | CPC]
17 May 1946

Photo(s) dated 17 May 1946
United States Coast Guard Cutter Spencer in Charleston harbor, South Carolina, United States, 17 May 1946.
18 May 1946

United States
19 May 1946

China
  • Chinese Nationalist troops captured Siping, Liaobei Province, China. ww2dbase [Siping, Liaobei | CPC]
20 May 1946
  • Natoma Bay was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Natoma Bay | CPC]
21 May 1946
  • Canadian Manhattan Project Louis Slotin accidentally set of a prompt critical reaction when he allowed two beryllium hemispheres to touch with a plutonium core in the center. He realized his mistake immediately and lifted the upper hemisphere with his left hand, averting disaster, but not before he received 2,100 rems of radiation. He was rushed to the hospital. The plutonium core involved in this accident was the same one in the accident with physicist Harry Daghlian in 1945. ww2dbase [Louis Slotin | CPC]
  • Charles J. Badger was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Charles J. Badger | CPC]
  • LST-1 was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [LST-1 | CPC]
Germany
22 May 1946
  • The secret clauses of the Molotov-Robbentrop Pact were published by newspaper to Soviet dismay. ww2dbase [Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • Karl Hermann Frank was executed by hanging at the Pankr├íc Prison in Prague, Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Karl Hermann Frank | Prague | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Balikpapan, Borneo and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Balikpapan, Borneo | CPC]
Japan
  • Shigeru Yoshida became the 45th Prime Minister and the Demobilization Minister of Japan. ww2dbase [Shigeru Yoshida | CPC]
Russia
  • G. S. Bolotin-Balyasny stepped down as GUKR SMERSH's chief in the 3rd Byelorussian Front; Colonel Pyotr P. Timofeev stepped down from a similar positions in the 2nd Ukrainian Front. ww2dbase [CPC]
23 May 1946

China
  • Chinese Nationalist troops captured Changchun, Jilin Province, China. ww2dbase [Changchun, Jilin | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Samarinda, Borneo and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Samarinda, Borneo | CPC]
Germany Photo(s) dated 23 May 1946
Incomplete Unryu-class carrier Ikoma, Shodoshima, Japan, 23 May 1946
24 May 1946

Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Makassar, Celebes, Dutch East Indies and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Makassar, Celebes | CPC]
25 May 1946

Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Bali, Dutch East Indies and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Bali | CPC]
Germany
26 May 1946

Germany
  • Josias became the head of the House of Waldeck and Pyrmont upon the death of his father. ww2dbase [Josias | CPC]
27 May 1946

Russia
  • I. P. Konovalov stepped down as GUKR SMERSH's chief in the 4th Ukranian Front; A. P. Misyurev, V. P. Rogov, and I. T. Rusak stepped down from a similar position in the 1st Baltic Front, 3rd Byelorussian Front, and Karelian Front, respectively. ww2dbase [CPC]
28 May 1946
  • USS Cassin Young was decommissioned. ww2dbase [Cassin Young | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Morotai, Moluccan Islands and embarked Japanese personnel. She departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Morotai, Maluku Islands | CPC]
Hawaii
  • I-14 served as a target ship for the Mark 10-3 exploder about895 8 miles off Barber's Point, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii. She was sunk by a torpedo from USS Bugara. ww2dbase [I-14 | Oahu | CPC]
Philippines
  • Ram├│n Magsaysay was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives. ww2dbase [Ram├│n Magsaysay | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 May 1946
Dr. Klaus Schilling on the gallows at Landsberg, Germany, 28 May 1946. Schilling was convicted at the Dachau war crimes trials for conducting infectious disease experiments on prisoners.
29 May 1946

Germany
30 May 1946
  • Canadian Manhattan Project Louis Slotin, after receiving a fatal dose of radiation during an accident on 21 May, passed away in a hospital. ww2dbase [Louis Slotin | CPC]
31 May 1946
  • Piranha was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Piranha | CPC]
  • Irwin was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Irwin | CPC]
  • Chen Cheng was relieved from his position as the head of the political bureau of the Nationalist military, and was named the Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese Navy and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ww2dbase [Chen Cheng | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • I-401 was scuttled by two torpedoes from submarine USS Cabezon off Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii; the torpedoes hit her at 1051 hours and she sank at 1058 hours. ww2dbase [I-401 | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS ABSD-1 was decommissioned from service at Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [ABSD-1 | CPC]
United States
1 Jun 1946
  • Cumberland was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Cumberland | CPC]
  • During a Soviet High Military Council meeting Joseph Stalin accused Georgy Zhukov of plotting. Zhukov was in turn demoted to head the Odessa Military District. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | CPC]
  • Ivan Konev replaced Georgy Zhukov as the head of Soviet Ground Troops. ww2dbase [Ivan Konev | CPC]
China
  • USS Sterlet arrived at Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Sterlet | Shanghai | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Parche arrived at Bikini Lagoon, Marshall Islands as one of the target ships for the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests. ww2dbase [Parche | Bikini Atoll | DS]
Romania
  • Ion Antonescu was executed in Romania. ww2dbase [Ion Antonescu | CPC]
United States
  • USS Whale was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
2 Jun 1946

Canada Philippines
  • Captain C. S. Williams stepped down as the commanding officer of USS ABSD-1. ww2dbase [ABSD-1 | CPC]
3 Jun 1946 China
  • Chen Gongbo (Wade-Giles: Chen Kung-po), former president of the puppet Reorganized National Government of China in Nanjing, was executed by firing squad at Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. ww2dbase [Suzhou, Jiangsu | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Jun 1946
USS North Carolina off New York, New York, United States, 3 Jun 1946, photo 1 of 3; photograph taken by an aircraft from Naval Air Station, New YorkUSS North Carolina off New York, New York, United States, 3 Jun 1946, photo 2 of 3; photograph taken by an aircraft from Naval Air Station, New YorkUSS North Carolina off New York, New York, United States, 3 Jun 1946, photo 3 of 3; photograph taken by an aircraft from Naval Air Station, New YorkKim Gu and Bang Eungmo at a memorial ceremony for Korean martyrs, 3 Jun 1946
4 Jun 1946

Pacific Ocean
  • I-400 was scuttled by torpedoes from USS Trumpetfish off Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [I-400 | CPC]
Russia
  • S. F. Kozhevnikov stepped down as GUKR SMERSH's chief in the Leningrad Front. ww2dbase [CPC]
5 Jun 1946

Photo(s) dated 5 Jun 1946
Mugford
6 Jun 1946

China
  • Fearing the United States would scale back aid if he did not comply, Chiang Kaishek accepted George Marshall's request for the Nationalists to halt their so far successful offensive against the Chinese Communists in northeastern China by announcing a 15-day truce. In the mean time, Marshall would naively attempt to engage with the Communists in peace negotiations. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | CPC]
7 Jun 1946

Japan
  • Kamikaze attempted to rescue survivors of the wrecked unarmed escort vessel Kunashiri off Cape Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, but ran aground and became wrecked herself during the process. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | Omaezaki, Shizuoka | CPC]
8 Jun 1946
  • Myoko was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Myoko | CPC]
United States
  • USS Cero was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States and was placed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Cero | New London, Connecticut | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jun 1946
Mackenzie King and Jan Smuts during the London Victory Celebrations of 1946, England, United Kingdom,  8 Jun 1946
9 Jun 1946
  • Joseph Stalin issued a secret order to denounce Georgy Zhukov. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | CPC]
10 Jun 1946
  • Casablanca was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Casablanca | CPC]
  • USS Manta was decommissioned from service and was placed in the Pacific Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Manta | CPC]
  • The US III Amphibious Corps (IIIAC) was redesignated as Marine Forces, China, and greatly down-sized. ww2dbase [AC]
China
  • USS Sterlet departed Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Sterlet | Shanghai | CPC]
United States
  • USS Chester was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Chester | DS]
Photo(s) dated 10 Jun 1946
Drawing of a No. 75
12 Jun 1946
  • Saufley was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Saufley | CPC]
Malaya
  • Hisaichi Terauchi passed away from a stroke in a prisoner of war camp in British Malaya. ww2dbase [Hisaichi Terauchi | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 12 Jun 1946
USS Boarfish and USS Blueback in the drydock at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 12 Jun 1946
13 Jun 1946 Japan
  • Kichisaburo Nomura stepped down as a Privy Councillor. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | CPC]
14 Jun 1946
  • Kyne was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Kyne | CPC]
  • Bell was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Bell | CPC]
15 Jun 1946
  • USS Croaker was decommissioned from service and was placed into the US Navy Atlantic Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Croaker | CPC]
Japan
  • Shigeru Yoshida stepped down as the Demobilization Minister. ww2dbase [Shigeru Yoshida | CPC]
United States
  • USS Mero was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States and was assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Mare Island Navy Yard | Mero | Vallejo, California | CPC]
16 Jun 1946
  • USS Macabi was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Macabi | CPC]
Japan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived in Otaka, Japan and disembarked personnel. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Otaka, Mie | CPC]
17 Jun 1946
  • Louisville was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Louisville | CPC]
United States
  • Hundreds of Mexican Baceros farm labourers in the United States went on strike for higher wages. Despite the intervention of the Mexican Consul the strike was broken within a fortnight without any increase in wages or repatriation back to Mexico. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Jun 1946
Montgomery with Viceroy Wavell and Field Marshal Auchinleck at Viceregal Gardens, New Delhi, India, 17 Jun 1946
19 Jun 1946

United States
20 Jun 1946
  • St. Louis was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [St. Louis | CPC]
22 Jun 1946
  • USS Cod was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • Sargo was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Sargo | CPC]
Hawaii Poland
  • The trial against Arthur Greiser at the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland began. ww2dbase [Arthur Greiser | CPC]
23 Jun 1946
  • Sargent Bay was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | CPC]
Japan
24 Jun 1946
  • Nashville was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Nashville | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Rochefort, not getting the sea command that he wanted, requested retirement. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Washington | CPC]
25 Jun 1946
  • Joseph Stilwell served as an observer at the Bikini Islands for atomic bomb tests. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
26 Jun 1946
  • Yosuke Matsuoka passed away. ww2dbase [Yosuke Matsuoka | CPC]
  • Sawfish was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Sawfish | CPC]
China
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived in Shanghai, China and embarked Japanese personnel. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Shanghai | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Raizo Tanaka retired from military service. ww2dbase [Raizo Tanaka | CPC]
Poland
27 Jun 1946

China
  • Vi Kyuin "Wellington" Koo was named the Chinese Ambassador to the United States. ww2dbase [Wellington Koo | CPC]
Poland United States
28 Jun 1946
  • USS Puffer was decommissioned from service, but would be periodically used to train personnel of the US Navy Reserve. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
Germany United States
  • Charles Sweeney, the pilot of Bockscar that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, retired from the United States Army. ww2dbase [Charles Sweeney | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Jun 1946
USS Blackfin departing Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 28 Jun 1946, photo 1 of 3USS Blackfin departing Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 28 Jun 1946, photo 2 of 3USS Blackfin departing Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 28 Jun 1946, photo 3 of 3
29 Jun 1946
  • Biscayne was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Biscayne | CPC]
30 Jun 1946

United States
  • Henry Arnold retired from active military service. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
  • US Navy ended the V-12 Navy College Training Program; since the inception in 1943, the program had trained 125,000 students. ww2dbase [CPC]
1 Jul 1946
  • Operation Crossroads: The United States conducted test 'Able' in the Bikini Islands, which saw an atomic detonation in the air. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS IX-300 (former German cruiser Prinz Eugen) was a target ship during the Able atomic test of Operation Crossroads, sustaining light damage. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | CPC]
  • Steamer Bay was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Steamer Bay | CPC]
China
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru departed Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Shanghai | CPC]
Germany United States
  • USS Columbia completed her duties as a training ship for US Naval Reserve personnel. Commander Henry F. Gorski was named her new commanding officer, relieving Captain Bruce B. Adell. ww2dbase [Columbia | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Jul 1946
Independence showing atomic bomb damage off Bikini Islands, 1 Jul 1946, photo 1 of 2Independence showing atomic bomb damage off Bikini Islands, 1 Jul 1946, photo 2 of 2
2 Jul 1946

French Indochina
  • ├ëmile Bertin was relieved of her duty as the French flagship at Indochina. ww2dbase [├ëmile Bertin | CPC]
Germany
3 Jul 1946
  • Phoenix was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Phoenix | CPC]
4 Jul 1946
  • The Philippine Islands were granted independence by the United States, forming the Republic of the Philippines. ww2dbase [CPC]
5 Jul 1946
  • USS Copahee was decommissioned from service at Tacoma, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Copahee | CPC]
Japan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Uraga, Japan and disembarked personnel. She entered drydock for repairs. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Uraga, Kanagawa | CPC]
6 Jul 1946
  • USS Tirante was decommissioned from service for the first time. ww2dbase [Tirante | CPC]
United States
  • USS Shamrock Bay was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | CPC]
7 Jul 1946

Poland
  • The trial against Arthur Greiser at the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland ended. ww2dbase [Arthur Greiser | CPC]
8 Jul 1946
  • Baltimore was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Baltimore | CPC]
9 Jul 1946

United States
11 Jul 1946
  • Escort carrier Makin Island was stricken from the US Naval Register. ww2dbase [Makin Island | DS]
12 Jul 1946

United States Photo(s) dated 12 Jul 1946
Decommissioning ceremony of USS Puffer, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 12 Jul 1946
14 Jul 1946 France
  • Philippe Leclerc was promoted to the rank of army general. ww2dbase [Philippe Leclerc | CPC]
15 Jul 1946
  • Cotten was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Cotten | CPC]
16 Jul 1946
  • Albert W. Grant was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Albert W. Grant | CPC]
  • Augusta was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Augusta | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Jul 1946
President Harry Truman with Vice-Admiral Marc Mitscher, White House, Washington DC, United States, 16 Jul 1946
17 Jul 1946

Yugoslavia
  • Dragoljub Mihailovic was executed by firing squad in Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Dragoljub Mihailovic | CPC]
19 Jul 1946

Finland
  • Lennart Oesch was sentenced to 12 years of penal servitude for being the commanding general of Finnish IV Army Corps in Sep 1941, during which time troops of the unit illegally executed 17 Soviet prisoners of war. ww2dbase [Lennart Oesch | CPC]
United States
20 Jul 1946
  • Pogy was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Pogy | CPC]
  • Tirante was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Tirante | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Jul 1946
Aerial view of central Hiroshima, Japan a year after the bomb went off, 20 Jul 1946
21 Jul 1946
  • Douglas Bader retired from the British Royal Air Force at the rank of group captain. ww2dbase [Douglas Bader | CPC]
United States
  • A prototype McDonnell FH-1 Phantom naval fighter made the first landing by an American jet aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. ww2dbase [AC]
22 Jul 1946
  • Zionist terrorist Menachem Begin blew up the British headquarters in Palestine. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Jul 1946
USS Sea Cat off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 22 Jul 1946P-80A Shooting Star aircraft, Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, Moffet Field, California, United States, 22 July 1946
23 Jul 1946
  • USS Sargent Bay was placed in reserve. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | CPC]
  • Polish destroyer Garland was decommissioned from service and was returned to Britain. ww2dbase [Garland | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Jul 1946
USS Sea Cat at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 23 Jul 1946
25 Jul 1946
  • Operation Crossroads: The United States conducted test 'Baker' in the Bikini Islands, which saw an atomic detonation under the sea. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS IX-300 (former German cruiser Prinz Eugen) was a target ship during the Baker atomic test of Operation Crossroads, sustaining damage below the waterline. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack was sunk during the atomic bomb blast at Bikini Atoll in Operation Crossroads. ww2dbase [Skipjack | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Jul 1946
Saratoga sinking after atomic bomb blast, Bikini Atoll, Marshall islands, 25 Jul 1946, photo 1 of 2Saratoga sinking after atomic bomb blast, Bikini Atoll, Marshall islands, 25 Jul 1946, photo 2 of 2Operation Crossroads Test Baker, an underwater plutonium bomb test, at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, 25 Jul 1946. Note cruiser USS Salt Lake City and Japanese battleship Nagato among the test fleet.
26 Jul 1946

Japan
  • The Japanese Mongolian Garrison Army effectively defunct since the end of WW2, was officially disbanded by the government of Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 26 Jul 1946
Commander Samuel Bussey at the commissioning ceremony of USS Barbero, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 26 Jul 1948
29 Jul 1946
  • Chinese communist forces attacked an US Marines truck convoy. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 29 Jul 1946
Émile Bertin at Toulon, France, 29 Jul 1946
30 Jul 1946

Poland
31 Jul 1946
  • USS Petrof Bay was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Petrof Bay | CPC]
  • Manila Bay was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Manila Bay | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell completed his mission as an observer at the Bikini Islands for atomic bomb tests, and departed for San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
China Greece
  • Alexandros Sakellariou was awarded the War Cross First Class and the Outstanding Acts Medal. ww2dbase [Alexandros Sakellariou | CPC]
1 Aug 1946
  • US President Harry Truman signed the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, placing nuclear weapon development in the United States in civilian hands. ww2dbase [Harry Truman | CPC]
United States
  • USS Saint Paul arrived at Terminal Island Naval Shipyard near Los Angeles, California, United States for a scheduled overhaul. ww2dbase [Saint Paul | Los Angeles, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Aug 1946
Harry Truman signing the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, White House, Washington DC, United States, 1 Aug 1946
2 Aug 1946
  • General Andrey Vlasov was executed by the Soviets for treason. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Nikolaus von Falkenhorst was sentenced to death; the sentence would later be commuted to an imprisonment term. ww2dbase [Nikolaus von Falkenhorst | CPC]
3 Aug 1946

Japan
5 Aug 1946
  • Anzio was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Anzio | CPC]
United States
6 Aug 1946

Photo(s) dated 6 Aug 1946
Three radio-controlled B-17G-90-DL Flying Fortress drone aircraft in flight, probably out of Eglin Field, Florida, United States, 6 Aug 1946
7 Aug 1946
  • HMCS Nootka (R96) was commissioned with Commander H. S. Rayner in command. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Cabrilla was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
United States
  • USS Hoe was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States and was placed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Hoe | New London, Connecticut | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Aug 1946
Puyi in Tokyo, Japan, 7 Aug 1946
8 Aug 1946
  • The Convair B-36 Peacemaker long-range strategic bomber took flight for the first time. It was the largest aircraft ever to go into service with the USAF. ww2dbase [AC]
9 Aug 1946

Photo(s) dated 9 Aug 1946
Victory Ship SS Waterbury Victory docked at Sand Island, US Territory of Hawaii, 9 Aug 1946; she had just brought back Japanese-American troops from EuropeReturning Japanese-American troops lining up at the rails of Victory Ship SS Waterbury Victory, Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 9 Aug 1946US 442nd Regimental Combat Team, consisted of Japanese-Americans, displaying their slogan Hula dancers entertain returning Japanese-American veterans of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team aboard Victory Ship USS Waterbury Victory, Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 9 Aug 1946; photo 1 of 7
See all photos dated 9 Aug 1946
12 Aug 1946
  • Harry Truman declared the second Monday of August the Victory Day holiday; today only US state of RI still celebrates it. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Sea Cat began a simulated war patrol across the Pacific Ocean from United States to China. ww2dbase [Sea Cat | CPC]
China
  • He Yingqin was made a member of the committee overseeing the care of Sun Yatsen's tomb in Nanjing, China. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | Nanjing | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Aug 1946
Puyi at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, Japan, mid-Aug 1946, photo 1 of 6Puyi at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, Japan, mid-Aug 1946, photo 2 of 6Puyi at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, Japan, mid-Aug 1946, photo 4 of 6Puyi at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo, Japan, mid-Aug 1946, photo 5 of 6
See all photos dated 12 Aug 1946
14 Aug 1946
  • Sanborn was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Sanborn | CPC]
15 Aug 1946

Japan
  • Allied repatriation ship Hikawa Maru completed its repairs and maintenance at Yokohama, Japan and was returned to civilian service. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Yokohama, Kanagawa | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Aug 1946
Japanese-American troops of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team marching in the Veterans Day Parade at Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 15 Aug 1946, photo 1 of 2Japanese-American troops of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team marching in the Veterans Day Parade at Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 15 Aug 1946, photo 2 of 2Japanese-American troops of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team presenting company guidon to Hawaii National Guard at deactivation ceremony, Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 15 Aug 1946Japanese-American troops of 100th Infantry Battalion, US 442nd Regimental Combat Team marching during the Veterans Day Parade at Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 15 Aug 1946
See all photos dated 15 Aug 1946
16 Aug 1946
  • Light carrier Hosho was struck from the list of Japanese vessels used to repatriot overseas servicemen. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu of Fushimi away in Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | Tokyo | CPC]
Russia
  • Dmitry Karbyshev was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Dmitry Karbyshev | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Aug 1946
Amon G├Âth in captivity, Poland, 16 Aug 1946
17 Aug 1946
  • Darlowo, Poland (formerly R├╝genwalde, Germany) began a second round of deportation of its German citizens. By 1949 only about 70 ethnic Germans would remain in the town. ww2dbase [CPC]
20 Aug 1946
  • Joseph Stalin explained that Vsevolod Merkulov's dismissal in May 1946 was due to his dishonesty during the war. ww2dbase [Vsevolod Merkulov | CPC]
Ceylon
  • Rohan Amerasekera became the assistant aerodrome officer at the Ratmalana Airport in Ceylon. ww2dbase [Rohan Amerasekera | Ratmalana | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • Vojtech Tuka was execute by hanging. ww2dbase [Vojtech Tuka | CPC]
22 Aug 1946 United States
  • Submarine R-5 was sold to the firm John J. Duane of Quincy, Massachusetts, United States for scrap. ww2dbase [R-5 | CPC]
23 Aug 1946

China
25 Aug 1946
  • The fleet tug HMS Buccaneer was sunk by accident during a gunnery practice ww2dbase [AC]
26 Aug 1946
  • Pensacola was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Pensacola | CPC]
Germany
27 Aug 1946
  • The trial against Amon G├Âth at the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland began. ww2dbase [Amon G├Âth | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten was made Viscount Mountbatten of Burma. ww2dbase [Louis Mountbatten | CPC]
28 Aug 1946
  • Independence was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Independence | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Skipjack | CPC]
29 Aug 1946
  • Nevada was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Nevada | CPC]
  • Pennsylvania was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Pennsylvania | CPC]
  • New York was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [New York | CPC]
  • Ralph Talbot was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Ralph Talbot | CPC]
  • Mugford was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Mugford | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Prinz Eugen was decommissioned from service by the US Navy at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | Kwajalein | CPC]
31 Aug 1946
  • Light carrier Hosho was transferred to the Home Ministry for deactivation. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
2 Sep 1946
  • Light carrier Hosho began to be broken up for scraps by Hitachi Zosen, Sakurajima, Japan. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • Submarine Skipjack was raised at Bikini Atoll. ww2dbase [Skipjack | CPC]
4 Sep 1946

Greece
  • Alexandros Sakellariou was briefly recalled to active service at the rank of vice admiral, with the promotion retroactively dated 31 Dec 1943 and retirement date changed to 1 Jan 1944. ww2dbase [Alexandros Sakellariou | CPC]
5 Sep 1946
  • The trial against Amon G├Âth at the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland ended. ww2dbase [Amon G├Âth | CPC]
6 Sep 1946
  • Arthur Coningham was awarded Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix of Greece. ww2dbase [Arthur Coningham | CPC]
  • William Dimoline was promoted to the rank of major general. ww2dbase [William Dimoline | CPC]
7 Sep 1946

Hawaii Russia
  • Lieutenant General Pyotr Fedotov was made a deputy in the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB) under Viktor Abakumov. ww2dbase [CPC]
8 Sep 1946

United Kingdom
  • About a thousand people converged on Kensington High Street in London, England, United Kingdom intent on taking over empty properties for desperately needed accommodation. In a typically British response the Women's Voluntary Service provided hot drinks to the demonstrators while even the police supplied tea and coffee from Kensington Barracks. The Press were sympathetic too as were much of the public, some of whom actively assisted the squatters by passing food and drink through windows. The police picked up and distributed food parcels and blankets, money, food, chocolate and cigarettes were collected for the families. Student from London University marched throughout the streets in support. After Prime Minister Clement Attlee refused to meet with a delegation a frightened government threaten to employ force to evict the squatters, but the protest eventually ended when it was announced that squatters could lose their rights to a place on the Council Housing queue if they persisted in occupation. ww2dbase [Clement Attlee | London, England | AC]
9 Sep 1946

United States
  • USS Boarfish departed California, United States for a tour in the western Pacific. ww2dbase [Boarfish | California | CPC]
10 Sep 1946

United States
11 Sep 1946

France
12 Sep 1946

Hawaii
13 Sep 1946
  • Amon Leopold G├Âth was executed by hanging in Poland. ww2dbase [Amon G├Âth | CPC]
16 Sep 1946

Photo(s) dated 16 Sep 1946
USS Charr off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 16 Sep 1946
19 Sep 1946
  • Peter Drummond was mentioned in despatches posthumously. ww2dbase [Peter Drummond | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Sep 1946
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and General Dwight Eisenhower sharing a laugh at Fort Myer, Virginia, during MontyÔÇÖs visit to the United States, 19 Sep 1946.
20 Sep 1946

United States
26 Sep 1946
  • Sa-ik Hong passed away. ww2dbase [Hong Sa-ik | CPC]
Germany
  • The British Element of the Control Commission for Germany established a collection center for German refugees in the municipality of Friedland about 12 kilometers south of G├Âttingen in central Germany. This facility would be taken over by the East Germans in 1947, and between 1952 and 1987 it was used as a transit camp for about 1,400,000 people from the Soviet Union, the majority of whom were German prisoners of war and ethnic Germans whose ancestors had settled in Eastern Europe prior to WW2. ww2dbase [CPC]
27 Sep 1946

United Kingdom
  • The first of the two-seat Hurricane trainer aircraft to be transferred from Britain to Iran departed Langley Airfield in Berkshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Hurricane | Langley, England | CPC]
28 Sep 1946
  • Danae was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Danae | CPC]
30 Sep 1946

Photo(s) dated 30 Sep 1946
Nuremberg Trials in progress, N├╝rnberg, Germany, 30 Sep 1946
1 Oct 1946

Germany Hawaii
4 Oct 1946

United States
5 Oct 1946

Russia
  • Hungarian Count Istv├ín Bethlen passed away in the Butyrka Prison Hospital in Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [Moscow | CPC]
6 Oct 1946
7 Oct 1946

Hawaii Japan
  • The newly-elected parliament of Japan, which included female representatives, approved the new Japanese Constitution. ww2dbase [Tokyo | CPC]
12 Oct 1946

United States
14 Oct 1946

United States Photo(s) dated 14 Oct 1946
USS Parche arriving at Mare Island Naval Shipyard for deactivation overhaul, 14 Oct 1946. Parche had already withstood two atomic bomb explosions at Bikini Atoll and a decontamination process at Pearl Harbor.
15 Oct 1946
  • Two hours before his scheduled execution, Hermann G├Âring committed suicide. ww2dbase [Hermann G├Âring | TH]
16 Oct 1946 Photo(s) dated 16 Oct 1946
The remains of Wilhelm Frick after his execution by hanging, Nuremberg, Germany, 16 Oct 1946The body of Alfred Jodl after being hanged, Nuremberg, Germany, 16 Oct 1946The body of Wilhelm Keitel, 16 Oct 1946The body of Alfred Rosenberg after his execution, N├╝rnberg, Germany, 16 Oct 1946
See all photos dated 16 Oct 1946
17 Oct 1946

Photo(s) dated 17 Oct 1946
USS Parche at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Oct 1946USS Dentuda, USS Searaven, and USS Tuna in foreground, with USS Parche, USS Bluegill, and USS Hackleback also present, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Oct 1946
18 Oct 1946

China
  • He Yingqin was ordered by Chiang Kaishek to travel to the United States as a member of the Chinese delegation to the United Nations. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
21 Oct 1946

Photo(s) dated 21 Oct 1946
Chiang Kaishek and Song Meiling at an airfield in Taiwan, Republic of China, 21 Oct 1946
22 Oct 1946
  • Commander Glover Freguson was named the commanding officer of USS Saint Paul. ww2dbase [Saint Paul | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Oct 1946
Incomplete light carrier Ibuki being taken apart at Sasebo, Japan, 22 Oct 1946
23 Oct 1946

Korea
  • The US Army military government in Korea issued the Name Restoration Order, which provided means for Koreans to change their surnames back to their Korean surnames if they or their families had adopted Japanese surnames during the Japanese occupation. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS Ling began her inactivation procedures. ww2dbase [Ling | CPC]
24 Oct 1946 United States
  • A Devry 35-millimeter movie camera attached to a V2 rocket took the first photograph from space at the altitude of 65 miles. The rocket was captured in Germany in 1945, and was launched by the US Army at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, United States. ww2dbase [Vergeltungswaffe 2 | White Sands, New Mexico | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Oct 1946
The first photo from space, 24 Oct 1946; taken from a Devry 35mm movie camera attached to a V2 rocket at altitude of 65 miles; the rocket was launched from US Army White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, United States
25 Oct 1946

Photo(s) dated 25 Oct 1946
Emperor Showa (Hirohito) visiting Ogaki, Gifu, Japan, 25 Oct 1946
26 Oct 1946

United States
  • USS Ling was decommissioned from service and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Ling | CPC]
28 Oct 1946

Thailand
  • Thai Prime Minister Thamrong announced that Thailand would return the territory taken in May 1941 back to French Indochina. ww2dbase [Franco-Thai War | CPC]
29 Oct 1946
  • Submarine Pollack was struck from the US Naval Register. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
31 Oct 1946
  • P-80A jet fighters began service aboard carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. ww2dbase [P-80 Shooting Star | CPC]
Italy
  • Israeli terrorists bombed the British Embassy in Rome, Italy. ww2dbase [Rome | AC]
1 Nov 1946
  • P-80A jet fighters made the first takeoff and landing operations, with US Marine Corps pilots, aboard carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. ww2dbase [P-80 Shooting Star | CPC]
2 Nov 1946
  • Captain Burton Biggs was named the commanding officer of USS Saint Paul. ww2dbase [Saint Paul | CPC]
3 Nov 1946
  • Yoshio Nishina was awarded the Order of Culture by Emperor Showa. ww2dbase [Yoshio Nishina | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Nov 1946
Emperor Showa (Hirohito) signing the Constitution of Japan, 3 Nov 1946
4 Nov 1946
  • San Diego was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [San Diego | CPC]
United States
5 Nov 1946

Greece
  • Max Merten was released from captivity by the Greek government. ww2dbase [Max Merten | CPC]
8 Nov 1946

United States
9 Nov 1946
  • San Juan was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [San Juan | CPC]
Hawaii
11 Nov 1946
  • The United States removed all war time price controls. ww2dbase [CPC]
12 Nov 1946
  • USS Chub began a scheduled overhaul. ww2dbase [Chub | CPC]
13 Nov 1946

Russia
  • German prisoners of war Georg Jantschi and Karl Kosch were transferred from the special Prisoner of War Camp No. 27 in the suburbs of Moscow, Russia to the Lefortovo Prison in Moscow. ww2dbase [Lefortovo Prison | Moscow | CPC]
14 Nov 1946
  • British destroyer was sold to the Royal Netherlands Navy. ww2dbase [Garland | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Nov 1946
Japanese Naval Lieutenant (junior grade) Yoshinum Yoshihau hears the verdict of the War Crimes Commission on Guam, Mariana Islands, headed by Rear Admiral A.G. Robinson, 14 Nov 1946.
15 Nov 1946
  • USS Boarfish set sail for San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Boarfish | CPC]
  • Francis Tuker was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
16 Nov 1946

Photo(s) dated 16 Nov 1946
President Harry Truman tours the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, United States escorted by Academy Superintendent Vice-Admiral Aubrey Fitch, right, 16 Nov 1946.
23 Nov 1946

French Indochina
  • French warships bombarded the port of Haiphong, French Indo-China, forcing the communist Viet Minh to agree to a cease fire. ww2dbase [Haiphong, Tonkin | AC]
25 Nov 1946

China
  • The city government of Beiping, China renamed a road in honor of Zhao Dengyu. ww2dbase [Zhao Dengyu | Beiping | CPC]
27 Nov 1946

Taiwan
  • Lin Hsiung-cheng passed away in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. ww2dbase [Lin Hsiung-cheng | Taipei | CPC]
28 Nov 1946

Photo(s) dated 28 Nov 1946
Cruiser Aoba sunken in shallow water, Kure, Japan, 28 Nov 1946
30 Nov 1946

United States
1 Dec 1946

Mexico
2 Dec 1946

Russia
  • Buran was disarmed and reclassified an experimental ship. ww2dbase [F7 | CPC]
United States
  • USS Wisconsin arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Wisconsin | Virginia | CPC]
5 Dec 1946
  • Argus was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Argus | CPC]
7 Dec 1946

United States
  • The Torrance Municipal Airport in Torrance, California, United States was renamed Zamperini Field in honor of Louis Zamperini. ww2dbase [Louis Zamperini | Torrance, California | CPC]
9 Dec 1946
  • The Doctors' Trial began in Nuremberg before an United States military court against 20 doctors and 3 Nazi officials who were accused of involvement in human experimentation. Trial ended on 20 Aug 1947; 7 were acquitted, 7 were given death sentences, and 9 were given prison sentences. ww2dbase [Nuremberg Trials and Other Trials Against Germany | CPC]
Greece
10 Dec 1946
  • USS Sennet began her participation in the Operation Highjump Antarctic expedition. ww2dbase [Sennet | CPC]
11 Dec 1946
  • Searaven was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Searaven | CPC]
United States
12 Dec 1946
  • Savo Island was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Savo Island | CPC]
United States
  • USS Marcus Island was decommissioned from service at Boston, Massachusetts, United States and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Boston, Massachusetts | CPC]
  • Ju 290 aicraft "Alles Kaput" was scrapped in the United States. ww2dbase [Ju 290 | CPC]
13 Dec 1946
  • A star shell accidentally struck USS Missouri during an exercise in the North Atlantic, causing no damage nor injuries. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
14 Dec 1946

Photo(s) dated 14 Dec 1946
Republic of China personnel at Taiping, Nansha (Spratly) Islands, 14 Dec 1946; front row 4th from left: Interior Ministry representative Zheng Ziyue; 5th: Navy detachment commanding officer Lin Zun; 7th: Nansha Commissioner Mai Yunyu
16 Dec 1946

Photo(s) dated 16 Dec 1946
Landing ship No. 147, with coal-fired boilers, at Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan, 16 Dec 1946
17 Dec 1946

United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 17 Dec 1946
Stern view of USS Capitaine off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Dec 1946Port view of USS Capitaine off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Dec 1946Bow view of USS Capitaine off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Dec 1946
18 Dec 1946

Belgium
  • Pierre Daye was sentenced to death as a collaborator by the Brussels War Council in Belgium. ww2dbase [Pierre Daye | CPC]
United States
20 Dec 1946

Japan
  • Radical ethnic Koreans attacked Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan; Yoshida escaped harm. ww2dbase [Shigeru Yoshida | Tokyo | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Dec 1946
Incomplete Unryu-class carrier Aso, Kure, Japan, 20 Dec 1946
21 Dec 1946

Marshall Islands
  • Prinz Eugen began to list severely at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | Kwajalein | CPC]
22 Dec 1946

Marshall Islands
23 Dec 1946

Japan
  • Prince Morihiro's daughter Princess Fumiko was born. ww2dbase [Morihiro | CPC]
24 Dec 1946

France
  • The French Fourth Republic was found. ww2dbase [CPC]
Russia
  • Polish Brigadier General Leopold Okulick, the former commander-in-chief of the Polish Home Army, died in Butyrka Prison Hospital in Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [Moscow | CPC]
25 Dec 1946

Photo(s) dated 25 Dec 1946
Chairman of the Chinese National Assembly Woo Tsin-hang ceremonially delivered a copy of the Constitution of the Republic of China to Chiang Kaishek, 25 Dec 1946
27 Dec 1946

United States
30 Dec 1946

United Kingdom
  • Fleet escort ship F2 was sunk during a storm at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [F2 | Scapa Flow, Scotland | CPC]
31 Dec 1946
  • US President Harry Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in WW2. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Franz von Epp passed away. ww2dbase [Franz von Epp | CPC]
United States
  • The Manhattan Project was brought to a close. ww2dbase [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | CPC]
  • The US War Department announced that the Wakeman Hospital at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh, Indiana, United States would be declared surplus by the end of 1946. In the evening on the same day, Indiana Governor Ralph F. Gates announced that the state would take over the hospital as a mental hospital. ww2dbase [Camp Atterbury | Edinburgh, Indiana | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 31 Dec 1946
Philippe Leclerc preparing for his departure to Indochina, France, 31 Dec 1946

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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Famous WW2 Quote
"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, 16 Mar 1945