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22 May 1945
  • Field Marshall Montgomery was designated as commander of British occupation troops, as well as a British member of the Allied Control Commission in Germany. ww2dbase [Bernard Montgomery | TH]
  • The British Government announced further reductions in rations. Bacon was reduced to three ounces per person per week, cooking fat to one ounce and meat to 106-lb per person per year, and the soap ration was also reduced for all but babies and young children. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Torrential rain reduced mobility of US armoured forces on Okinawa, Japan and gave the Japanese defenders a temporary respite. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | AC]
  • USS Becuna departed for her fourth war patrol on lifeguard station for carrier air crews. ww2dbase [Becuna | CPC]
  • Viktor Abakumov complained to Lavrentiy Beria of NKVD official Ivan Serov's interference with the SMERSH investigation of Adolf Hitler's final days. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria received a report from Soviet NKVD official Ivan Serov regarding Adolf Hitler's final days. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | CPC]
  • USS Bailey arrived at Morotai. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands and joined Task Group 58.4. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
  • Landing ship No. 173 was sunk by US aircraft in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | Okinawa | CPC]
  • Soviet SMERSH captured German SS Lieutenant General Bruno Streckenbach in Latvia. He would remain imprisoned in Russia until Oct 1955. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Far East Air Force B-25 bombers attacked an oil plant west of Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Kagi, Tainan | CPC]
United States
  • USS Marcus Island arrived at San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | San Diego, California | CPC]
  • USS Saratoga departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard after repairs. ww2dbase [Puget Sound Navy Yard | Saratoga | Bremerton, Washington | DS]
  • Following the deaths of six people in Oregon including five children, the United States Department of Censorship lifted the blackout of press coverage about the Japanese balloon bombs. In its place, a safety warning was widely publicized describing the balloons and cautioning people, especially children, to avoid contact with any strange objects found in open country. News editors were still encouraged to keep any reporting of specific balloon activities out of their reports in order to deny the Japanese that intelligence. ww2dbase [Fu-Go | DS]
Photo(s) dated 22 May 1945
Lieutenant General Simon Buckner, Jr., Major General Lemuel Shepperd, and Brigadier General William Clement on Okinawa, Japan, 22 May 1945

22 May 1945 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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