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25 Mar 1944

Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • At Tulagi, Captain Harry Thurber assumed command of cruiser USS Honolulu in relief of Captain Robert Hayler who was, on the same day, promoted to Rear Admiral. ww2dbase [Honolulu | Tulagi, Solomon Islands | DS]
Burma
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Osborne of 1st Battalion of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) sent a platoon to attack the Japanese along the Kamaing Road as a diversion for another group of his troops to advance down the trail toward the main objective, Shaduzup, Burma. Meanwhile, Men of Lieutenant Colonel George McGee, Jr.'s 2nd Battalion departed the village of Ngagahtwang at 0500 hours, many wounded in tow. Colonel Charles Hunter, whose radio is broken, surveyed the field in an L-4 aircraft and spotted McGee's column. Realizing the many wounded after landing and speaking to McGee, he ordered the aircraft to return without him, and to quickly return with litters to help evacuate the wounded. Hunter scolded McGee for foolish field decisions, but McGee told him that some of the tactical decisions were made by Frank Merrill directly, thus deepening the chasm between McGee/Merrill and Hunter. Finally, on 3rd Battalion's front, Japanese troops attacked in force, destroying the radio set carried by Lieutenant Logan Weston of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, thus rendering him without communications; he made contact with Lieutenant Warren Smith also of 3rd Battalion, who assisted with Weston's retreat. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | Frank Merrill | Charles Hunter | George McGee | William Osborne | Ngagahtwang | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • At Lingga, Dutch East Indies, Shokaku became the flagship of Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo's Third Fleet and the Mobile Fleet. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Lingga | CPC]
France
  • U-976, a German Type VIIC submarine, was sunk in the Bay of Biscay south-west of Saint-Nazaire, France by gunfire from two RAF Mosquito aircraft from 248 Squadron RAF/L&I. Four of the submarine's crew of 53 lost their lives. ww2dbase [Saint-Nazaire, Pays de la Loire | HM]
Germany Hungary India
  • The 3rd Battalion of the Japanese 60th Regiment attacked Allied positions at Sangshak, India. Meanwhile, Louis Mountbatten requested the Anglo-American Combined Chiefs of Staff for more aircraft to supply Imphal, India, which would be denied. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Sangshak, Manipur | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Gar fired six torpedoes on a Japanese ship in the Pacific Ocean; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • US submarine USS Pollack (SS-180) attacked a Japanese convoy and sank Japanese Submarine Chaser No. 54 and damaged two freighters 50 miles north of Muko Jima, Ogasawara Islands (Bonin Islands); ten torpedoes were expended in this attack. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC, HM]
  • USS Whale set sail for East China Sea. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
  • In the Pacific Ocean about 150 miles east of Guam, USS Archerfish detected an aircraft with her SD radar and dove. The Japanese aircraft had already detected the submarine and attacked with depth charges, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Archerfish | CPC]
Poland Ukraine
  • Adolf Hitler allowed German 1st Panzer Army to break out west of Lvov, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Lvov | TH]
United Kingdom United States Photo(s) dated 25 Mar 1944
Jewish women being rounded up, Ioannina, Greece, 25 Mar 1944AGP Oyster Bay tending PT boats in Seeadler Harbor, Admiralty Islands, 25 Mar 1944

25 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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