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2 Jan 1945
  • In Copenhagen, Denmark, a V2 Rocket factory was destroyed by saboteurs. ww2dbase [TH]
Australia Burma France
  • Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, the mastermind behind the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 and now in charge of Allied ports in France, was killed when his aircraft crashes on take-off at Toussus-le-Noble, becoming the fourth senior Allied leader to die in a plane crash. He was en route to a conference with General Bernard Montgomery in Brussels, Belgium. ww2dbase [Bertram Ramsay | Toussus-le-Noble, ├Äle-de-France | TH]
Germany Hawaii Mariana Islands
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides and Tambor-class submarine USS Tautog departed Saipan, Mariana Islands bound for their patrol area. ww2dbase [Silversides | Tautog | Saipan | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Becuna sank two small vessels in the Java Sea in two separate engagements with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Becuna | Java Sea | CPC]
  • USS Spot sank a Japanese trawler with her deck gun in the Yellow Sea. ww2dbase [Spot | Yellow Sea | CPC]
  • USS Kimberly departed Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands to screen a battleship group toward Luzon. ww2dbase [Kimberly | Leyte Gulf | CPC]
  • Dutch national Gerrit van der Waals, under employment of British SOE but nevertheless placed under arrest by the Soviets in Hungary, was transferred to another prison in Bucharest, Romania. ww2dbase [Bucharest | CPC]
  • 46 American B-29 bombers based near Calcutta, India attacked a railroad bridge near Bangkok, Thailand and other targets in the area. ww2dbase [Bangkok | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jan 1945
Killed German soldier in Stavelot, Belgium, 2 Jan 1945German Panzer Mark IV medium tank with three half-inch holes through the armor from M1 Bazooka anti-tank rockets, near French-German border, 2 Jan 1945. Note the wire mesh panels for defense against magnetic mines.Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (right) congratulating Victoria Cross recipient Sgt George Eardley, 2 Jan 1945. Sgt Eardley received the Victoria Cross for extreme heroism east of Overloon, Netherlands on 16 Oct 1944.

2 Jan 1945 Interactive Map

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