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12 Mar 1945
  • USS Croaker departed Fremantle, Australia for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Third Army crossed Moselle River near Koblenz, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Heinrich Himmler signed orders to surrender concentration camps to the Allies, which contradicted Adolf Hitler's prior order. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 1,108 RAF bombers attacked Dortmund, Germany, dropping 4,851 tons of bombs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Jew Anne Frank died in Belsen Concentration Camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Küstrin, Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German troops cut off elements of Soviet 5th Guards Army in Silesia, Germany (now Poland) before dawn. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Air Vice-Marshal Harold Lydford was made the commanding officer of British Forces Aden, succeeding Frank McNamara. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese troops launched a counteroffensive aimed at recapturing Meiktila, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet and Polish troops launched a renewed assault on Kolberg, Germany (now Kolobrzeg, Poland). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • SS General Ernst Kaltenbrunner agreed to allow Red Cross delegates to visit concentration camps. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS Colossus departed Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Jack Heyn arrived at Omaha, Nebraska, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Mar 1945
B-17 Fortresses of the 301st Bomb Group over the Italian Alps on their way to the rail yards in Vienna, Austria, 12 Mar 1945. Note the B-17 in the center with its ball turret replaced with the H2X ground scanning radar.What is left of an SB2C Helldiver on the heavily damaged flight deck of the USS Randolph after a P1Y Ginga special attack bomber crashed into the ship while at anchor in Ulithi Lagoon, Caroline Islands, 11 Mar 1945.USS Randolph Captain Felix Baker (pointing) showing Admiral Raymond Spruance damage to the flight deck after a P1Y Ginga special attack bomber crashed into the ship at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, 11 Mar 1945.USS Raton at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 12 Mar 1945; note USS Ray in background

12 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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