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10 Feb 1945
  • US First Army captured the last of seven Ruhr dams in Germany, but in general Canadian and American troops continued to make very slow progress as key areas had been flooded by retreating Germans. ww2dbase [Fall of the Ruhr | AC]
  • In Poland, Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front reached the Niesse River, taking Liegnitz and encircling Glogau in the process. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet submarine S-13 torpedoed and sank German passenger liner General Steuben, killing 3,500 people. Most of the passengers on board were wounded military personnel and civilians being evacuated from East Prussia, Germany. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Mingo survived a typhoon, which caused some damage and caused 2 men to be lost. ww2dbase [Mingo | CPC]
  • The Nakajima aircraft plant at Ota, Gunma Prefecture, Japan was seriously damaged by American bombing. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | CPC]
  • The Japanese Navy 5th Air Fleet was formed with the strength of eight air groups with Vice Admiral Matome Ugaki in command and Captain Toshiyuki Yokoi as his chief of staff; it was attached to the Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Matome Ugaki | CPC]
  • Starting from this date, Soviet counterintelligence chiefs of each front were required to provide daily reports on the progress of the deportation of German males (for use as forced laborers within the Soviet Union). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 131 was converted to a miscellaneous service ship and was renamed Kuroshio No. 1. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Burma
  • Indian 114th Brigade captured Pakkoku 20 kilometers southwest of the Chindwin-Irrawaddy confluence in Burma. ww2dbase [Battle of Meiktila-Mandalay | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Hancock departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands as part of Task Group 58.2. ww2dbase [Hancock | DS]
  • USS Wake Island departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands with Task Group 52.2. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • USS Astoria departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Astoria (Cleveland-class) | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TF58 departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands for raids in support of the landings on Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
France
  • Jean de Lattre de Tassigny was awarded the Grand Croix of the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur. ww2dbase [Jean de Lattre de Tassigny | CPC]
Germany
  • Fierce German counter attacks near Neustettin, Germany (now Szczecinek, Poland) halted the advance of the Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front. Nevertheless, some of the troops of the Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front were withdrawn from the East Prussian Offensive and diverted to the fighting in Pomerania, Germany. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | TH]
Hawaii Hungary Japan
  • Landing ship No. 149 was converted to a miscellaneous service ship and was recommissioned as Kuroshio No. 2. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Silvertown in North Woolwich, London, England, United Kingdom just across the River Thames from the Harland and Wolff shipyard offices; many workers at Harland and Wolff were injured. Another rocket scored a direct hit on the Bascule Bridge in Woolwich at 1115 hours. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 2 | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 10 Feb 1945
African-American Capt Ezekia Smith of 370th Regt of US Army 92nd Infantry Division being treated at the 317th Collecting Station for shell fragments to the face, Pietrasanta area, Italy, 10 Feb 1945HMS Howe at Auckland, New Zealand, 2-10 Feb 1945

10 Feb 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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