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17 Mar 1944
  • Soviet troops advanced near the Romanian border. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-371 sank Dutch troop transport Dempo in the Mediterranean Sea just off of the coast of Algeria, killing 498. ww2dbase [El Aouana | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Austria
  • The first American bombing on Vienna, Austria from Italy took place. ww2dbase [Vienna | CPC]
Burma Finland
  • Finland rejected the Soviet peace proposal. ww2dbase [TH]
Hawaii Italy
  • New Zealand troops captured the train station at Cassino, Italy. Nearby, Indian Gurkha troops captured Point 435 (nicknamed Hangman's Hill). ww2dbase [Battle of Monte Cassino | Cassino, Lazio | TH, CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Dubno, Ukraine, a major transportation hub. ww2dbase [Dubno, Rivne | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Edward Brooks became the commanding officer of the US 2nd Armored Division at Tidworth Barracks near Salisbury, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Edward Brooks | Salisbury, England | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Mar 1944
Portrait of British RAF Acting Wing Commander Maxwell Norman Oxford, Chinese Navy Admiral Chan Chak, and Chinese Navy Commander Xu Heng, 17 Mar 1944; note Oxford and Xu

17 Mar 1944 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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