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27 Apr 1945
  • USS Sea Cat departed for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Sea Cat | CPC]
  • Italian partisans captured Benito Mussolini. ww2dbase [Benito Mussolini | CPC]
  • US First Army captured Kempten and Straubing in southern Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The western Allies refused to consider Himmler's attempts at negotiation for peace. ww2dbase [Germany's Surrender | CPC]
  • Operation Kikusui No. 4 was launched off Okinawa, Japan, participated by about 65 Japanese Navy and 50 Japanese Army special attack and escorting aircraft. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | CPC]
  • Japanese Shinyo special attack boats damaged destroyer USS Hutchins and an LCI landing ship at Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Shinyo-class | CPC]
  • Aleksandr Vasilevsky began planning for the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation. ww2dbase [Aleksandr Vasilevsky | CPC]
  • The British East Indies Fleet sailed from Trincomalee, Ceylon to begin a series of strikes prior to the capture of Rangoon, Burma; this force of battleships, cruisers and destroyers would take it in turns to fuel and then screen the carriers hitting airfields, installations and coastal shipping in the Nicobars, the Andamans and along the Burma coast. Meanwhile, on land, Indian 17th Division was attacked by a Japanese suicide offensive north of Pegu; it was repulsed after the Japanese suffered 500 killed. ww2dbase [Battle of Rangoon | AC, CPC]
  • German 9.Armee and 20.Armee both attempted to attack towards Berlin, Germany, but both were rebuffed by Soviet forces. Inside Berlin, Soviet forces fought for control of Templehof airfield, Spandau, and Grunewald areas. ww2dbase [Battle of Berlin | TH, AC]
  • Before dawn, German Luftwaffe wing KG 4 flew its final supply mission to Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) as 30 He 111 aircraft dropped 24 tons of ammunition to the German garrison in the city. ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | CPC]
  • US 12th Armoured Division and 103rd Infantry Division discovered seven sites of the Kaufering Concentration Camp in southern Germany. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Kaufering Concentration Camp | CPC]
  • Men of US 12th Armored Division arrived at Kaufering Lager IV in Landsberg am Lech in southern Germany, a sub camp of Dachau Concentration Camp. ww2dbase [Dachau Concentration Camp | CPC]
Italy Poland
  • Nikolai Selivanovsky was named the NKVD adviser to the Polish Ministry of Public Safety, replacing Ivan Serov. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Apr 1945
Essex received provisions via highline from USS Mercury (AK-42), off Okinawa, 27 Apr 1945African-American soldiers of the US Army 92nd Infantry Division entering the Galleria Giuseppe Garibaldi, Genoa, Italy, 27 Apr 1945

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

Thomas Dodd, late 1945