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11 Aug 1944
  • USS Tang sank Roko Maru and damaged another freighter with a total of five torpedoes, then endured a 38-minute-long depth charge attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island detached from Allied convoy UC-32. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hideyoshi Obata passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Guy Simmonds of the 11 Canadian Corps called off Operation Totalize after it became clear that the expected breakthrough would not be achieved. Nevertheless the Canadian and Polish armoured divisions had advanced eight miles, against numerous well-constructed enemy bunkers which were immune to bombing, and were now half way between Caen and Falais. Whilst Simmonds blamed ther lack of success on the inexperience of the two divisions, General Maczek of the Polish Armoured Division was more realistic in stating that the troops had been given just too much to do. The Poles had lost 66 tanks and the Canadian slightly more during Operation Totalize. On the same day, US forces captured Nantes and Angers and then moved across the Loire River; in response, the German Navy scuttled 26 warships and 28 merchant vessels stranded at Nantes, Bordeaux, and in the Gironde and Seine estuaries. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • In northern Burma the Chindits' 7th Leicesters fought their way into Taungni cutting the rail line. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Hawaii
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Italy
  • Greek 3rd Mountain Brigade arrived in Italy from French Syria-Lebanon. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • 24 China-based B-29 Superfortress bombers of US 20th Bomb Squadron attacked Nagasaki, Japan between about midnight until 0312 hours. They targeted industrial areas, but most of the bombs ended up exploding in the damp forest near Oyama and Mount Hiko. 9 homes were destroyed, about 50 homes were damaged, 13 people were killed, and 26 people were seriously injured. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Alabama arrived at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Aug 1944
Geiger, Spruance, H. Smith, Nimitz, and Vandegrift at Guam, 11 Aug 1944Polish resistance fighters Wlodzimierz Denkowski (with Thompson submachine gun), Lech Zubrzycki, Jan Baginski, and Zygmunt Siennicki (with MP35 submachine gun), Warsaw, Poland, circa 11 Aug 1944Polish resistance fighters posing with a captured German field gun, Krasinskich Gardens, Warsaw, Poland, 11 Aug 1944

11 Aug 1944 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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