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25 May 1943
  • Philippe Leclerc was promoted to the rank of division general. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Goebbels noted in his diary that the industrial and residential districts in Dortmund, Germany were heavily damaged by Allied bombing. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • USS Permit arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her eighth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tunny departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQ) "C" turned over to station. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • 507 men and 528 women of the Gypsy camp in Birkenau of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp system, most of whom were from Poland and Austria, were gassed. At least several hundred of them were sick, many of whom with typhus, thus giving the camp authorities to write off their deaths as natural. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
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]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Whale arrived off Apra, Guam, Mariana Islands and observed Japanese activities inside the harbor. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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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Famous WW2 Quote
"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!"

George Patton, 31 May 1944