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1 Aug 1944
  • Tirpitz completed exercises at sea. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • Paul Wenneker was promoted to the rank of admiral. ww2dbase [Paul Wenneker | CPC]
  • USS Parche set sail for Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell met with Louis Mountbatten at Kandy, Ceylon to discuss Stilwell's temporary command over Mountbatten's theater while Mountbatten planned for a trip to Britain. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
  • The Indian 111th Infantry Brigade, a Chindit formation, was allowed to return to front line service in Burma after health conditions improved. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • USS Puffer attacked a Japanese convoy in the Dutch East Indies, firing 8 torpedoes and claiming 2 hits which sank a ship. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
  • George Bush was promoted to the rank of lieutenant (jg). ww2dbase [George Bush | CPC]
  • Captain Taro Taguchi was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Navy 3rd Air Fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US 12th Army Group came into existence under the command of Lieutenant General Omar Bradley. ww2dbase [Omar Bradley | AC]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the XV Corps of the Third Army of the US 12th Army Group. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • President Risto Ryti of Finland resigned; he was to be replaced by Marshal Carl Mannerheim. ww2dbase [Risto Ryti | TH]
  • Soviet forces captured Lithuania, cutting all roads between Germany and the Baltic States. ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | TH]
  • Manuel Quezon passed away. ww2dbase [Manuel Quezon | CPC]
Australia Bermuda
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue and her task group departed Bermuda bound for their patrol area in the Central Atlantic. ww2dbase [Bogue | Port Royal Bay | DS]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Pollack served on lifeguard station in support of the air strikes on Woleai, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Pollack | Woleai | CPC]
France Hawaii Japan Latvia
  • Z35 and Z36 sailed into the Gulf of Riga to bombard Soviet positions in Latvia. ww2dbase [Z36 | Z35 | Gulf of Riga | CPC]
  • The Soviet-backed Polish Committee of National Liberation established its headquarters in Lublin, Poland. ww2dbase [Lublin | CPC]
  • Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front under Konstantin Rokossovsky arrived in the suburbs of Warsaw, Poland. In concert, at 1700 hours, an uprising consisted of 50,000 resistance fighters began to disrupt the German preparations against the Soviet attack. Most of the 50,000 fighters belonged to the Home Army, but there were also some communist partisans, Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides in the ranks. Roughly 80-90% of the fighters began the uprising without firearms. ww2dbase [Warsaw Uprising | Warsaw | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • On completing an anti-diver patrol against V-1 flying bombs, Flight Lieutenant F. Wiza's Yellow Section of 306 Squadron (Polish) RAF received a warning that they were 10 miles off the English coast and were vectored into a "safe lane" away from anti-aircraft batteries; as the Mustang III fighters crossed the coast they found themselves under intense fire; fortunately no aircraft were hit. 96 Squadron lost a Mosquito aircraft and crew whilst the night fighter was landing in bad weather and visibility; Flight Officer Ray Ball and his navigator Flight Officer Fred Saunders were both killed as was Leading Aircraftman Charlie Allen on the ground. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | England | HM]
United States US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 1 Aug 1944
US Navy African-American Miles Davis King carrying a loaded magazine for a 20-mm gun aboard CVE USS Tulagi en route to France, Aug 1944Russian Count Nicolas Roumiantzoff serving as a Lt Colonel with the Free French Division, First Spahis Regiment, takes a meal in the field in France, 1 Aug 1944. Note French helmet and uniform but US equipment otherwise.Troops of British 59th Division with a captured German 8 cm GrW 34 mortar, Vienne-en-Bessin, France, 1 Aug 1944Polish insurgent fighter Lieutenant Stanislaw Jankowski and his men moments before W-hour (1700 hours) which marked the start of the Warsaw Uprising, Warsaw, Poland, 1 Aug 1944
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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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