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8 Mar 1945
  • In Germany, US troops entered Bonn while British and Canadian troops entered Xanten. ww2dbase [Advance to the Rhine | TH]
  • The Soviet Union announced that Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was likely killed in early 1945 by German occupation troops in Hungary or by Hungarian Arrow Cross Party members. ww2dbase [Raoul Wallenberg | CPC]
  • 1,200 Allied heavy bombers struck 6 benzol plants in Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • US intelligence first detected the new Ohka aircraft at Konoike airfield, Japan and nicknamed them "Viper". ww2dbase [MXY7 Ohka | CPC]
  • Richard "Dick" Winters was promoted to the rank of major. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma China
  • Ding Delong was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Ding Delong | CPC]
Czechoslovakia France
  • A German commando raid from Guernsey sabotaged three of the four ships in the Normandy harbour at Granville, damaged port facilities and installations including cranes, a railway engine and rolling stock in the docks. A fourth ship, the SS Eskwood, was captured and its crew persuaded to sail it to Jersey. For the loss of one officer missing in action and five soldiers wounded the German raiders retired with 30 captured Americans and 55 freed German prisoners of war found at the docks. ww2dbase [AC]
Germany Hawaii Italy
  • Highly secret negotiations began in Switzerland between Allan Dulles of the US Office of Strategic Services, Colonel General Heinrich von Vietinghoff of the German Army, and Obergruppenführer Karl Wolff of the German SS for the possible early surrender of German troops in Italy. ww2dbase [Operation Grapeshot and Operation Roast | TH, CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Segundo pursued a Japanese convoy consisted of 2 freighters and 2 escort vessels in the East China Sea; she was chased away by the escorts before she could attack. ww2dbase [Segundo | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Private Karl Hulten, who had deserted from the US 501st Airborne Regiment and subsequently committed a series of crimes in Britain, was hanged at Pentonville Prison. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • Jack Heyn arrived at San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Jack Heyn | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Mar 1945
US Navy Cmdr. Thomas Gaylord administering oath to five new nurses commissioned in New York, United States, 8 Mar 1945; Phyllis Mae Dailey, USN

8 Mar 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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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935