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20 Nov 1945
  • Max Merten, already in captivity as a prisoner of war, was arrested for war crimes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
French Indochina
  • The French flag lowered for the final time at treaty port of Kouang-Tchéou-Wan (Chinese: Guangzhouwan) in southern China. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Trial of the Major War Criminals of the Nuremberg Trials began. Soviet SMERSH officers Leonid Kozlovtsev, Krasilnikov, and Khelipsky arrived in Nürnberg, Germany, presumably to help oversee the Soviet prosecution team. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Settsu was struck from the Japanese Navy list for the second time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 174 was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Nov 1945
Japanese Type 2 Ka-Mi amphibious tank coming ashore after trials carried out by members of Australian 2/4 Armoured Regiment in Talili Bay, Rabaul, New Britain, Solomon Islands, 20 Nov 1945Ruins of Odamasa Store building, Hiroshima, Japan, 20 Nov 1945; distance from center of blast at this point was about 830 meters

20 Nov 1945 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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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939