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28 Mar 1945
  • USS Tirante sank Japanese freighter Nase Maru. ww2dbase [Tirante | CPC]
  • General Krebs replaced General Guderian as the head of the German OKH. ww2dbase [TH]
  • In Germany, US 1st Army captured Marburg and US 3rd Army captured Limburg am Lahn. Meanwhile, British 2nd Army began an offensive towards the Elbe River. British sappers built another Rhine bridge, "Blackfriars", by noon. Behind the lines, Dwight Eisenhower transferred US 9th Army from Bernard Montgomery's army group to Omar Bradley's army group as Anglo-American objective shifted toward southern Germany and Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Crossing the Rhine | TH, AC]
Hawaii Japan
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed the Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands area for Japanese waters and additional strikes on the home islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
  • Allied bombers mined several harbors in Malaya. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • The US submarine Trigger was depth charged and sunk by Japanese vessels whilst on patrol in the East China Sea. ww2dbase [Trigger | AC]
  • USS Boarfish attacked a Japanese patrol vessel in the South China Sea; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Boarfish | CPC]
  • Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front captured Gotenhafen (Gdynia), occupied Poland and Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland), yielding 9,000 prisoners of war. ww2dbase [East Pomeranian Offensive | TH, CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Mar 1945
Men of the British 5th Dorsetshire Regiment crossing the Rhine River into Germany in a Buffalo tracked landing vehicle, 28 Mar 1945Men of the UK 1st Commando Brigade manning two Vickers medium machine guns just east of the Rhine River outside of Wesel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, between 24-31 Mar 1945Map depicting the crossing of the Rhine, 22-28 Mar 1945War Correspondent Ted Stanford of The Pittsburgh Courier interviewing African-American US Army Sergeant Morris O. Harris of the 784th Tank Battalion of the 9th Army, 28 Mar 1945
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28 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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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935