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30 Jan 1945
  • Douglas MacArthur ordered Major General Verne Mudge of the US 1st Cavalry Division to conduct a rapid advance on Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
  • About 500 Allied prisoners of war were rescued at Cabanatuan, Luzon, Philippine Islands by a raid conducted by the US Army. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • German passenger liner Wilhelm Gustloff was attacked and sunk by a Soviet submarine off Gotenhafen (Gdynia), occupied Poland, killing 8,000 of the 9,000 passengers onboard. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | CPC]
  • USS Kete arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Kete | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny was ordered to join the Army Group Vistula on the Eastern Front. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | CPC]
  • Albert Speer noted to Adolf Hitler that, having lost the Silesia region to Soviet forces, Germany had now lost an important source of coal and steel, the war was now lost. ww2dbase [Albert Speer | CPC]
Baltic Sea
  • While transporting civilians from Ostpreu√üen (East Prussia), Germany, German Navy passenger ship Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk by Soviet submarine S-13, under the command of Captain 3rd Class Alexander Marinesko, taking somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 lives, possibly making it the greatest loss of life in a maritime disaster in history. ww2dbase [Alexander Marinesko | Wilhelm Gustloff | CPC]
Hawaii Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bergall sank a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 1 torpedo. ww2dbase [Bergall | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Luce departed for Mindoro, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Luce | CPC]
  • Russian monarchist Vasili Shulgin, who had been arrested in Yugoslavia in Dec 1944, was brought to Lubyanka Prison in Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [Lubyanka Building | Moscow | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British Government called on every firm and factory to cut the use of gas and electricity by 10 percent without jeopardising essential war work. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • Executive Officer Commander John T. Corwin relieved Captain Charles E. Coney as the commanding officer of the cruiser USS Nashville while the ship was under repairs. ww2dbase [Nashville | Bremerton, Washington | DS]
  • A ship's party for all hands from USS St. Louis was held at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium. ww2dbase [St. Louis | Long Beach, California | DS]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Spot arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Spot | Midway Bases | Midway | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Jan 1945
German Volkssturm troops with Panzerfäuste at Königsberg, Germany, Jan 1945Prime Minister John Curtin, Governor General Prince Henry, former Prime Minister Arthur Fadden (background), former Prime Minister Billy Hughes, and former Prime Minister Robert Menzies, 30 Jan 1945Map of the Villa Verde trail used by the US 32nd Infantry Division during the Luzon Campaign, Jan 30 through May 28, 1945Taichu Airfield under attack by USS Ticonderoga carrier aircraft, Taichu (now Taichung), Taiwan, 3 Jan 1945, photo 3 of 3

30 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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