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6 May 1944
  • In India, Mahatma Gandhi was released from imprisonment due to health reasons. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British Army junior officer John Randle took out a Japanese machine gun position in Burma, then purposefully sacrificed himself to take out a bunker with a grenade. He was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The A7M1 Reppu fighter took its first flight. ww2dbase [A7M Reppu | CPC]
  • During the day, 25 Japanese Zero fighters attacked Bishenpur, India. After sundown, Japanese troops attacked Tengnoupal, India. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | CPC]
  • Rudolf Höss received orders to travel to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in occupied Poland. ww2dbase [Rudolf Höss | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
Hawaii Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) underway from Majuro, Marshall Islands bound for Oahu, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
  • Younger workers in the Lodz ghetto in Poland began a hunger strike in protest of the watery soup that made up the bulk of their daily food intake. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troops bombarded Sevastopol, Russia with Katyusha rocket launchers. ww2dbase [BM-13/8/31 Katyusha | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy RA-59 arrived at Loch Ewe, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Pollack departed Midway Atoll for her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Pollack | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 May 1944
Loading stores on No. 5 sponson aboard USS Coral Sea, 6 May 1944US Army Signal Corps photographer Private Arthur W. Hedgo with Chinese boy Lee Ting Yow, northern Burma, 6 May 1944Normandy beach defenses, France, 6 May 1944, photo 1 of 4Normandy beach defenses, France, 6 May 1944, photo 2 of 4
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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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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939