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23 Jul 1944
  • Hitler required that the Wehrmacht use the Hitler Gruß, the Nazi salute, in the aftermath of July Plot. ww2dbase [July Plot | TH]
  • Soviet troops captured Pskov, Byelorussia. ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | TH]
  • After dark, a large group of British bombers attacked Kiel, Germany; the attack lasted through midnight into the next date. The German fighters summoned to intercept went after the decoy force rather than the main force. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • USS Astoria arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Astoria (Cleveland-class) | CPC]
  • In response to the American request for Chiang Kaishek to accept communist forces in his army, Chiang expressed that he would accept the request only if the Nationalist reserve forces would be off-limits to Joseph Stilwell, and if American Lend-Lease supplies would be controlled by Chiang. This counteroffer was to be rejected in the following month. ww2dbase [Yosuke Matsuoka | Chongqing | CPC]
  • Wang Guangfu, flying a P-40N fighter, damaged a Ki-44 aircraft over China. ww2dbase [Wang Guangfu | CPC]
  • The 1st Canadian Army (General H. D. G. Crerar) became operational in Normandy, France. ww2dbase [Basse-Normandie | AC]
  • The German Gestapo arrested the head of German Abwehr Wilhelm Canaris. ww2dbase [Wilhelm Canaris | CPC]
Italy Mariana Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) left the Mariana Islands area and headed off to the west. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sterlet sank a small Japanese transport with three torpedoes (all missed) and her deck guns in the Pacific Ocean. ww2dbase [Sterlet | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Tempest V fighters of No. 3 Squadron RAF based at RAF Newchurch in Kent, England, United Kingdom destroyed 13 V-1 flying bombs over the south eastern counties. At the same time further to the south the two Polish Squadrons were busy accounting for 8 more. One, shot down by Kasimierz Siwek PAF (315 Squadron) landed on the perimeter of RAF Kingsnorth, a prototype Advanced Landing Ground, narrowly missing aircraft parked there. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | Kingsnorth, England | HM]
Photo(s) dated 23 Jul 1944
Map depicting the Allied attempt to expand the beachhead at Normandy, France, 1-24 Jul 1944Finnish soldier with KP/-31 submachine gun during Battle of Vuosalmi, Karelian Isthmus, Finland, 23-24 Jul 1944

23 Jul 1944 Interactive Map

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