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2 Apr 1945
  • With assistance from Bulgarian units, Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front captured the main Hungarian oil production area near Nagykanizsa. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front captured the Hungarian industrial zone of Mosonmagyarovar. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Martin Bormann ordered Germany to fight until victorious or until death. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US troops landed on Sanga Sanga, Sulu, Philippine Islands without resistance; Filipino guerrilla fighters had already secured the island prior to the landing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • American B-24 bombers conducted a raid on Hong Kong. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • American B-24 bombers conducted a raid on Marcus Island. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The American Mk II and Mk IIA1 hand grenades were redesignated Mk 2 and Mk 2A1, respectively. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Wiener Neustadt, Eisenstadt, Neunkirchen, and Gloggnitz in southern Germany, thus now threatening Vienna. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten announced that the planning for Operation Dracula against Rangoon, Burma was to be resumed, with a target execution date of 5 May 1945 at the latest. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
French Indochina
  • Tran Trong Kim departed Saigon, Cochinchina, French Indochina. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Folke Bernadotte met Heinrich Himmler at the SS Hohenlychen sanatorium in Lychen, Germany; Himmler was unsuccessful in convincing Bernadotte to help seek a peace between Germany and the Western Allies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sennet completed refitting from USS Apollo at Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Gar departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Dragonet arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 145 was sunk by US Navy aircraft at Amami Oshima, Satsunan Islands, Amami Archipelago in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Japan, 100 American B-29 bombers conducted a raid on the Nakajima aircraft factory near Tokyo, while 15 B-29 bombers mined waters off Kure and Hiroshima. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 18 US A-20 bombers from Luzon, Philippine Islands attacked the rail marshaling yards at Shinei District (now Xinying District), Takao (now Kaohsiung), Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS Glory was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Apr 1945
F4U Corsairs and TBM Avengers of Air Group 6 aboard USS Hancock off Okinawa, Japan, 2 Apr 1945

2 Apr 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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"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal