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5 Apr 1945
  • USS New Mexico became the flagship of Admiral Raymond Spruance of US Fifth Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 18 US Divisions began to clear the Ruhr Pocket in Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front cut the rail line from Linz to Vienna, occupied Austria. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • On the fifth day of the Soviet artillery bombardmen on Königsberg, 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Almelo, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • French First Army captured Karlsruhe, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • SS-Obersturmbannführer Karl-Otto Koch, the notorious, brutal and corrupt former Commandant of Buchenwald Concentration Camp was executed by firing squad at Buchenwald after a trial in which he was convicted of bringing himself and the SS into disrepute. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | AC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 31 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Hong Kong Italy
  • British 56th Infantry Division attacked German positions near Lake Comacchio in northern Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island disembarked US Navy squadron VC-87 and embarked squadron VCO-1 while operating off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Americans established an advanced air base on Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Yukio Araki visited his home in Gunma Prefecture, Japan for the last time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The third FR Fireball prototype aircraft was destroyed in a crash over Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Apr 1945
Bradley and Patton at Bastogne, 5 Apr 1945Portrait of YamatoGround crew made an Three 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
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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"All that silly talk about the advance of science and such leaves me cold. Give me peace and a retarded science."

Thomas Dodd, late 1945