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25 May 1943
  • Philippe Leclerc was promoted to the rank of division general. ww2dbase [Philippe Leclerc | CPC]
  • Chinese 86th Corps, having held the Japanese 39th Division attack at the shore of the Yangtze River since the previous day, fell back toward Pianyan, Hubei Province, China. Earlier in the afternoon, Chiang Kaishek had personally telephoned area commander Wu Qiwei, stressing the importance of holding Pianyan. ww2dbase [Battle of Exi | Pianyan, Hubei | CPC]
  • Joseph Goebbels noted in his diary that the industrial and residential districts in Dortmund, Germany were heavily damaged by Allied bombing. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Dortmund, Westfalen-Süd | CPC]
  • In a conference in Berlin, Germany, Albert Speer recommended that the funding for military research be focused on the V-2 rocket program rather than being spread around a wide range of projects that included jets, heat-seeking missiles, sound-seeking torpedoes, and others. Ultimately this recommendation would be ignored. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Albert Speer | Berlin | CPC]
Gilbert and Ellice Islands
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides made reconnaissance observations of Apamama Atoll, Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [Silversides | Apamama | DS]
Hawaii Poland United Kingdom
  • A Victoria Cross award was gazetted for John Linton, who had recently been lost when the submarine HMS Turbulent which he commanded became missing in action in mid-Mar 1943, for the sustained period of leadership during the war. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • In a letter dated on this date, Robert Oppenheimer responded to a proposal by Enrico Fermi to use radioactive materials to poison German food supplies. In the letter, Oppenheimer asked whether Fermi could produce enough strontium while still maintaining secrecy. Oppenheimer also noted that such a project should not be started unless there would be a certainty that 500,000 people could be killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Whale arrived off Apra, Guam, Mariana Islands and observed Japanese activities inside the harbor. ww2dbase [Whale | Apra | CPC]
  • The first British mission to coordinate with local partisans parachuted into Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [TH]

25 May 1943 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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