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11 Jan 1945
  • German judge Roland Freisler found Helmuth von Moltke guilty of treason for his works on post-Nazi democracy, and sentenced him to death. ww2dbase [Helmuth von Moltke | CPC]
  • USS Puffer fired 2 torpedoes at a Japanese patrol vessel in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
  • USS Parche attacked a Japanese gunboat east of Taiwan with her deck gun, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
Belgium Finland Greece
  • General Ronald Scobie signed a truce between the land forces of Greece and the Central Committee of the E.L.A.S. in Athens, Greece. The truce specified a cessation of hostilities from 14 Jan 1945. ww2dbase [Athens | AC]
  • Tatsunosuke Ariizumi met with the officers of Japanese Navy 631st Naval Air Group for the first time. ww2dbase [Tatsunosuke Ariizumi | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • US Task Force 38 in the South China Sea received orders to bombard a Japanese position on the Cam Ranh Bay in Indochina on the next day. ww2dbase [Raid into the South China Sea | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Spot sank a small Japanese freighter with her deck gun in the East China Sea 150 kilometers southeast of Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Spot | East China Sea | CPC]
  • Allied convoy RA-63 departed the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria was named the head of a new effort to coordinate the operations of NKVD, NKGB, and SMERSH, thus gaining partial control of all Soviet counterintelligence agencies. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | Moscow | CPC]
  • Soviet NKVD Directorate for Prisoners of War and Interned Persons (UPVI) was upgraded to the status of a main directorate (GUPVI); Ivan Petrov was named its new chief. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • B-29 bombers of US 20th Air Force attacked Penang, Malaya. ww2dbase [Penang | CPC]
United States
  • The American coastal minesweeper YMS-14 was sunk as a result of a collision with the destroyer USS Hemdon in the north channel of Boston Harbour, Massachusetts, United States. ww2dbase [Boston, Massachusetts | AC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Jan 1945
Four-part weather map of the South China Sea for Jan 11 to 14, 1945. Note daily positions of Task Force 38.

11 Jan 1945 Interactive Map

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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