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6 May 1945
  • USS South Dakota was damaged by a magazine explosion off Okinawa, Japan. Nearby, the British Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Formidable was hit by Kamikaze planes but her steel decking (most US Aircraft Carriers had wooden decking) saved her. Further south, the British Pacific Fleer shelled Japanese positions on the Sakishima Islands of the Ryukyu Islands, 550 miles south of Japan. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | AC]
  • German submarine U-853, having sunk the last American merchant ship to be lost in the war on the previous day, was discovered by American blimps and destroyers. She was destroyed off Block Island, Rhode Island, United States with all 55 aboard lost, becoming the second-to-last German submarine to be sunk in WW2. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Grand Admiral D├Ânitz announced that Himmler was to be relieved of all government duties; he also abolished the Schutzstaffel in all its forms, and banned any further resistance by members of the SS. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | AC]
  • The Dutch Nazi Party, Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging, was outlawed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Cero fired three torpedoes at a Japanese transport east of Japan; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Cero | CPC]
  • German General of the Infantry Hermann Niehoff surrendered Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) to the Soviets, ending the 82-day siege. ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | TH, CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland rejoined East Indies Fleet to provide cover during air strikes on the Andaman Islands. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • US Fifth Army entered southern Austria through the Brenner Pass on the same day that the German forces in Austria surrendered to the Allies. ww2dbase [TH]
Baltic Sea
  • Liberator VLR bombers of No. 86 Squadron of British RAF Coastal Command sank the German submarines U-1008 and U-2534 in the Kattegat off Denmark. ww2dbase [Kattegat | AC]
  • In Burma, Anglo-Indian XV Corps linked up with IV Corps, which had been advancing down the Sittang River, and effectively cut off 20,000 sick, hungry and increasingly desperate Japanese from their bases in Indo-China. ww2dbase [Battle of Rangoon | AC]
  • Czech resistance leaders made a radio broadcast, appealing to the Americans for military assistance in their war against the Germans, not knowing that the Western Allies had already made a deal with the Soviet Union in terms of operational boundaries in Central Europe. ww2dbase [Prague Strategic Offensive | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Netherlands Portugal
  • Portugal severed diplomatic ties with Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
Taiwan United Kingdom United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was requested to report on the situation of Japanese war materials by the office of Admiral Ernest King. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Washington | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 May 1945
Former prisoners of Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp welcoming the troops of 11th Armored Division of US Third Army, Austria, 6 May 1945German soldiers surrendering their rifles, near Landeck, Austria, 6 May 1945Lidice, Czechoslovakia 6 May 1945. Released British prisoners visiting the site of the mass grave holding the bodies of all 173 of LidiceÔÇÖs men murdered by the SS on 10 Jun 1942.Soviet troops escorting German officers to surrender negotiations, Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), 6 May 1945
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