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5 Apr 1945
  • 18 US Divisions began to clear the Ruhr Pocket in Germany. ww2dbase [Fall of the Ruhr | TH]
  • Soviet foreign minister Molotov informed the Japanese ambassador that the Soviet Union would not renew the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact when it would expire in 1946. ww2dbase [Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact | CPC]
  • Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front cut the rail line from Linz to Vienna, occupied Austria. ww2dbase [Battle of Vienna | TH]
  • On the fifth day of the Soviet artillery bombardmen on K├Ânigsberg, East Prussia, Germany, a break in the weather allowed Soviet aircraft to join in on the attack. By this point, German defenses could offer little opposition to enemy aircraft. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Almelo, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS New Mexico became the flagship of Admiral Raymond Spruance of US Fifth Fleet. ww2dbase [New Mexico | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Hong Kong
  • Kamoi was heavily damaged by a B-24 bomber of USAAF Far East Air Force in Hong Kong harbor. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Italy Japan
  • Americans established an advanced air base on Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | Iwo Jima | CPC]
  • At 1359 hours, while at Mitajiri anchorage in Japan, battleship Yamato's commanding officer Captain Kosaku Ariga received the order to participate in a surface special attack on 7 Apr 1945. Ariga informed the crew at 1500 hours. At 1730 hours, 67 recently arrived cadets from the Naval Academy at Etajima were sent ashore. A farewell party was then held aboard Yamato, with a photographer taking portraits of officers. ww2dbase [Yamato | Hofu, Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island disembarked US Navy squadron VC-87 and embarked squadron VCO-1 while operating off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Okinawa | CPC]
  • Yukio Araki visited his home in Gunma Prefecture, Japan for the last time. ww2dbase [Yukio Araki | Gunma | CPC]
  • SS Hobbs Victory was struck by Japanese special attack aircraft while at anchor between Kuba and Aka Islands near Okinawa, Japan. She steamed into the East China Sea as the ships in the anchorage dispersed. She was discovered by the Japanese and was struck by another special attack aircraft, destroying her port side boiler and rendering her dead in the water. ww2dbase [Tokko "Kamikaze" Special Attack Doctrine | Hobbs Victory | Okinawa Campaign | Okinawa | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 5 Apr 1945
Portrait of YamatoGround crew made an Omar Bradley and George Patton at Bastogne, Belgium, 5 Apr 1945Three Japanese soldiers emerged from their hiding place to surrender, Iwo Jima, 5 Apr 1945
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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