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5 May 1945
  • German General Blaskowitz surrendered all German forces in the Netherlands at the Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen to Canadian General Charles Foulkes. In Denmark, the German occupation forces surrendered. In Italy, German Armeegruppe C surrendered. ww2dbase [Germany's Surrender | CPC]
  • Nazi German Gauleiter Karl Hanke escaped Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) via a Storch aircraft. ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | CPC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria removed Viktor Abakumov from his position as the head counterintelligence chief of Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front. Three generals were named to replace Abakumov: Colonel General Arkadii Apolonov, Lieutenant General Ivan Gorbatyuk, and Lieutenant General Fyodor Tutushkin. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | CPC]
  • Oberleutnant Heinz Sch├Ąffer of U-977 decided to head for Argentina instead of returning home per President Karl D├Ânitz's orders. ww2dbase [U-977 | CPC]
  • At a meeting attended by SS-Obergruppenf├╝hrer von Herff and representatives of the Gestapo and SD, Heinrich Himmler outlined his plans to establish an SS government in Schleswig-Holstein which would conduct independent peace negotiations with the western powers. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | AC]
  • USS Hawkbill departed Fremantle, Australia for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | CPC]
  • USS Missouri departed Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
  • Walter Krupinski was captured by the Americans. ww2dbase [Walter Krupinski | CPC]
  • Allied aircraft conducted raids across Borneo in preparation of the Australian invasion. ww2dbase [Borneo Campaign | CPC]
  • German submarine U-853 torpedoed and sank American collier Black Point Off Block Island, Rhode Island, United States, killing 12, 34 were later rescued; Black Point was the last American merchant ship to be lost in WW2. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese balloon bombs floated across the Pacific Ocean, landing and detonating in Oregon in the United States, killing 6. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet Army launches a final assault in Moravia region of Czechoslovakia against what remains of German Armeegruppe Mitte. ww2dbase [TH]
Austria China
  • Motoki Yamazaki was named the President of the South Manchuria Railway. ww2dbase [CPC]
Czechoslovakia Denmark
  • U-1233 surrendered to the Allieds in B├ąring Bay near Fredericia, Denmark. ww2dbase [U-1233 | CPC]
Germany Guam
  • USS Marcus Island departed Guam, Mariana Islands with damaged aircraft on board. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | CPC]
Japan Korea
  • Yukio Araki along with the rest of the 72nd Shinbu Squadron was ordered to relocate from the current base at Heijo (now Pyongyang), Korea to Metabaru Airfield in Saga Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Yukio Araki | Heijo | CPC]
Netherlands Taiwan
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands struck Shinchiku Airfield (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Shinchiku Airfield | Shinchiku | CPC]
  • US B-25 bombers attacked Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Taihoku | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Canadian frigate HMCS Teme (K 458), torpedoed by German submarine U-315 on 29 Mar 1945 and already declared a constructive total loss, was returned to the British Royal Navy. ww2dbase [England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 5 May 1945
Private D. E. Hailey and T. M. Conway of the Australian 2/23 Infantry Battalion in their Bren gun pit on the forward slope of B Company position, Tarakan, Borneo, May 1945Dutch children stealing wood from tram tracks for use as fuel in kitchen stoves, 5 May 1945Rings left by Buchenwald concentration camp victims, 5 May 1945Quarry, near Flossenb├╝rg Concentration Camp, Germany, 5 May 1945

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