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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 [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | 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 [Mark II | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Wiener Neustadt, Eisenstadt, Neunkirchen, and Gloggnitz in southern Germany, thus now threatening Vienna. ww2dbase [Battle of Vienna | 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 [Battle of Rangoon | CPC]
French Indochina Germany
  • 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 [Folke Bernadotte | Lychen, Mark Brandenburg | CPC]
  • The commandant of Marlag und Milag Nord prisoners of war camp in Westertimke, Germany announced that he had received orders to leave the camp with most of the regular camp guards. In the afternoon, a detachment of over a hundred SS-Feldgendarmerie, who were outside the commandant's command, entered the camp, mustered over 3,000 men, and marched them out eastwards. ww2dbase [Marlag und Milag Nord | Westertimke, Weser-Ems | HM]
  • USS Sennet completed refitting from USS Apollo at Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Sennet | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • 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 [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 145 was sunk by US Navy aircraft at Amami Oshima, Satsunan Islands, Amami Archipelago in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | Amami Oshima, Okinawa | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Due to faulty bow plane controls, submarine USS Tinosa departed her patrol are after only six days on station bound for Guam. ww2dbase [Tinosa | East China Sea | DS]
  • Destroyer USS Shaw was detached from her convoy to investigate Japanese shipping off Dauis, Bohol, Philippines but struck an uncharted pinnacle, damaging her port propeller. Shaw headed for Leyte Gulf for repairs. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | Shaw | Panglao, Bohol | DS]
  • 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 [Takao | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS Glory was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Glory | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Apr 1945
A soldier of the Chinese 18th Group Army (also known as the Communist 8th Route Army) atop the Zijinguan gate of the Great Wall of China, Yi County, Hebei Province, China, 2 Apr 1945F4U 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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