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25 May 1944
  • Germans launched combined ground-airborne assault on Tito's headquarters in Drvar, Bosnia, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Submarine Sea Robin was launched, sponsored by the wife of US Navy Captain Homer Ambrose, the production superintendent at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, United States where the submarine was built. ww2dbase [Sea Robin | CPC]
  • USS Pollack fired four torpedoes at a Japanese destroyer in the Pacific Ocean; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
  • Chindit forces abandoned the Blackpool site in Burma. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport and damaged another transport at dawn off the Philippine Islands, hitting them with 4 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • USS Bailey departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as part of Operation Forager to capture the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Australian New Guinea
  • William Halsey gave a farewell speech to SOPAC personnel at Emirau, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [William Halsey | Emirau | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell flew to Myitkyina Airfield. Charles Hunter personally handed him a letter listing all the grievances from the field officers and men of US 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), noting that the area commanders had betrayed them by depriving them of rest and treating them as expendable, leading to the whole of 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) becoming practically ineffective as a combat unit. ww2dbase [Charles Hunter | Joseph Stilwell | Battle of Myitkyina | Myitkyina | CPC]
China France Italy
  • US 3rd Division captured Cisterna, Italy after house-to-house fighting, nearly wiping out 362nd Infantry Division in the process; nearby, US 1st Armored Division engaged German Herman Göring Division at Valmontone while US Fifth Army troops linked up with the Anzio contingent. At the end of the day, Mark Clark ordered Lucian Truscott to turn north toward Rome without informing Harold Alexander. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Lazio | TH, CPC]
  • Polish troops captured Piedimonte, Italy. ww2dbase [Battle of Monte Cassino | Piedimonte | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean Singapore United States Photo(s) dated 25 May 1944
German prisoners of war at Cisterna, Italy, late May 1944King George VI aboard USS Ancon accompanied by US officers Rear Admiral John Hall, Jr. and Commander Mead Pearson, 25 May 1944William Halsey with US Marines, sailors, and soldiers, Emirau Island, Bismarck Archipelago, 25 May 1944Royal Navy Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, Naval commander of the Normandy operations, and US Navy Rear Admiral John L. Hall, Jr., commander of amphibious operations, aboard AGC-4 USS Ancon, 25 May 1944, the day King George VI visited the ship
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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