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23 Mar 1945
  • Light carrier Hosho was assigned to the 2nd Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Tunny began performing lifeguard duties off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • As US Third Army made another Rhine River crossing near Worms, Germany, British Second Army and Canadian First Army launched their assaults across the Rhine River north of the Ruhr River. In Berlin, Adolf Hitler wanted to counterattack at the Allied bridgehead at Oppenheim, but he was told that no reserve forces were available to embark on such an operation. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • General de Gaulle granted limited self-government for Indochina, which was to remain a French colony. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Dwight Eisenhower wrapped up his short break at Cannes, France and returned to his capacity as the Allied commander. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Martin Bormann ordered millions of Germans to migrate from western and eastern Germany to the central part of the country; no food and transports were allocated to them, thus such a move would mean certain disaster. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) began softening-up strikes against Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands and continued through 28 Mar 1945. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sea Robin rescued a downed American airman in the South China Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy RA-65 departed the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US aircraft dropped 145 tons of bombs on Jitsugetsu Power Plant No. 1 and 63 tons of bombs on Jitsugetsu Power Plant No. 2 in Taichu (now Nantou County), Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Mar 1945
British Diamond T Model 980 tractor towing a trailer loaded with a Churchill tank during preparations for crossing the Rhine River into Germany, 23 Mar 1945US 25th Division squad leader pointing at a suspected Japanese position at the edge of Baleta Pass, near Baguio, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 23 Mar 1945US 150th Combat Engineer Battalion bridging across the Rhine River, Germany, 23 Mar 1945A truck crossing the Rhine River in Germany, 23 Mar 1945; this was the second bridge built by US 150th Combat Engineer Battalion
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23 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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