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15 Mar 1945
  • Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front began an offensive near Ratibor, Germany (now Racib√≥rz, Poland). ww2dbase [TH]
  • US First Army was unable to further expand the Remagen bridgehead in Germany due to enemy resistance. ww2dbase [Advance to the Rhine | TH]
  • Soviet 4th Tank Army launched a main attack against the Germans in Silesia, Germany (now Poland). ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | CPC]
  • Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor and the former King of the United Kingdom, resigned as the British governor of the Bahamas. This position was succeeded by Sir William Lindsay Murphy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Tunny departed Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • American warships of Task Force 92 bombarded Japanese installations on Matsuwa, Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Sea Robin arrived at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands and took on supplies. ww2dbase [Sea Robin | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Kanji Ugaki was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Navy 12th Air Fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Guitarro arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • Albert Speer wrote a letter to Adolf Hitler in an attempt to dissuade him from destroying German infrastructure. This letter would be presented to Hitler three days later. ww2dbase [Albert Speer | CPC]
Burma French Indochina
  • China and France began negotiations for the return of the treaty port of Kouang-Tch√©ou-Wan (Chinese: Guangzhouwan) in southern China. ww2dbase [Kouang-Tch√©ou-Wan | CPC]
  • American bombers dropped 25,000 incendiary bombs and 6,000 high explosive bombs on the German army general staff headquarters at Zossen, Germany. ww2dbase [Zossen | W√ľnsdorf, Mark Brandenburg | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Hoe discovered a small sinking Chinese sailboat near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. She came alongside and picked up six crew members of the boat. ww2dbase [Hoe | South China Sea | CPC]
  • The Inrin Prisoners of War Camp in central Taiwan was closed. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom United States Photo(s) dated 15 Mar 1945
USS Saint Paul underway in Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, 15 Mar 1945, photo 2 of 2USS Saint Paul underway in Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, 15 Mar 1945, photo 1 of 2B-24M Liberator ‚ÄúSecond Chance II‚ÄĚ of the 328th Bomb Squadron, along with other 8th Air Force bombers, approaching their bomb run over Zossen, Germany, Mar 15 1945.North American P-51D Mustangs of the 47th Fighter Squadron on Iwo Jima prepare for raid on Chichi Jima, Mar 15, 1945. Note Mt Suribachi in the background.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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Thomas Dodd, late 1945

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