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14 Apr 1945
  • USS Charr began laying naval mines off Pulo Island, Vietnam. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sennet attacked a Japanese patrol boat south of Japan; the single torpedo missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tirante sank Japanese cargo ship Juzan Maru and her two escort vessels. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • George Patton was promoted to the permanent rank of general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Ruhr Pocket was cut in two near Hagen, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Former Chancellor Franz von Papen and three German generals were captured in a raid by American gliderborne troops led by Lieutenant James Watson. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • French troops began their final assault on Bordeaux, France. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Canadian forces assumed military control in the Netherlands, minding those German forces still holed up in Atlantikwall fortifications. Arnhem and Zwolle were captured by the Canadians on this date. ww2dbase [TH]
  • British Second Army reached Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Japanese special attack aircraft damaged a battleship and two destroyers off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Seven G4M bombers approached American ships off Okinawa, but all were shot down before they were able to launch their Ohka payloads. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • General Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander in North West Europe, announced that Berlin, Germany was no longer a military objective. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The Soviet Union's top propagandist, Ilya Ehrenburg, was formally reprimanded, in an unprecedented editorial in the Soviet military newspaper Red Star, by his chief, Alexandrov, for broadcasting and distributing leaflets that encourage Red Army soldiers to commit atrocities against German civilians. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Brigadier George Webb, the talented head of the British XXX Corps Rear Headquarters, was killed when his Jeep hit a pothole and ran into a tree. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Anglo-Indian troops captured Taungdwingyi, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • On this day and the next, 423 Danish Jews were transferred from the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in occupied Czechoslovakia back to their home country via trucks hired by the Swedish Red Cross. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Lorraine began a week-long bombardment of German positions in the Gironde estuary in western France between La Rochelle and Bordeaux. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the morning, damaged Emden was towed from Deutsche Werke shipyard in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany to the nearby Heikendorfer Bucht. After observing a 15-degree list to port due to flooding, her crew sealed the hull and beached her to prevent sinking. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • In Germany, US Third Army captured Bayreuth and Gera. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • As Allied troops advanced, Heinrich Himmler ordered all prisoners at Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany be exterminated. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • US 102nd Infantry Division captured Gardelegen, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The underground aircraft factory at Tarthun south of Magdeburg, Germany, which produced He 162 jet fighters among other weapons, was discovered by Private 1st ClassJames Prenger and Warrant Officer Joseph Crocker. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captain Clayton Kelly Gross led 8 P-51 fighters on a fighter sweep over the Bad Hersfeld-Mühlhausen-Weimar region in central Germany. The Americans shot down the Me 262 jet fighter flown by Kurt Lobgesong of German Jagdgeschwader 7 wing; Lobgesong would survive the engagement. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Jürgen Stroop met with Heinrich Himmler in Himmler's private train near Prenzlau, Germany, proclaiming that he would lead Werwolf resistance groups with total loyalty after the end of the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • As the US Army approached Oflag VII-B PoW camp at Eichstädt, Bavaria region, Germany, the British officers were marched out of the camp (just two days before it was liberated). Tragically, just a short distance from, the camp the column was attacked by American aircraft who mistook it for a formation of German troops. Fourteen British officers were killed and 46 others were wounded. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Tunny arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her eighth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • British advances in northern Italy were held up at Bastia and the Fossa Marina canal, frustrated by the German 15th Panzergrenadier Regiment. On the same day, after a heavy aerial and artillery bombardment, US IV Corps began to attack on the western end of the German line. German 29th Panzergrenadier Division arrived in the Reno River area as reinforcement; earlier in the day, Adolf Hitler had rejected a request to withdraw German forces north of the Po River. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • I-400 departed Kure, Japan for Dalian, China, disguised as a frigate complete with dummy naval guns and machine guns. She was tasked with bringing back fuel from the Dalian storage tanks. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Gabilan sank a Japanese freighters in the South China Sea in the morning, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired. In the evening, she sank another freight in the same area, hitting her with all 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish fired three torpedoes at a Japanese ship off Japan; all three torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Spot sank two Japanese trawlers with her deck gun in the East China Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Hoe entered Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States for overhaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Apr 1945
Bones and ashes of anti-Nazi German women in the crematoriums in the concentration camp at Weimar, Germany, 14 Apr 1945Men of the US 6th Marine Division observing shelling of a Japanese position near Yae Take Airfield, Okinawa, Japan, 14 Apr 1945Funeral procession of Roosevelt, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, United States, 14 Apr 1945Aerial view of the Bergkristall complex of the Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp, Austria, 14 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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Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal