8 Feb 1945
  • USS Tang was struck from the Naval Register. [Main Article | CPC]
  • British and Canadian forces launched a major assault into the Reichswald near Nijmegen, the Netherlands. [TH]
  • Marshal Ivan Konev's six armies surged out of their Oder River bridgehead in eastern Germany. [TH]
  • Generalmajor Karl Marthinson, head of the Norwegian State Police, was assassinated in Oslo, Norway by the Milorg resistance group. The Germans retaliated by executing 29 civilians. [TH]
  • USS Hoe departed Fremantle, Australia for her eighth war patrol in the South China Sea. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The UKR chief of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front Aleksandr Vadis reported that of the 184 German agents captured by SMERSH in Jan 1945, 124 of them had orders to sabotage Soviet war efforts. [CPC]
  • Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front commenced the Lower Silesian Offensive at 0600 hours after a 55-minute artillery bombardment; by the end of the day, Soviet troops had penetrated German lines by as much as 60 kilometers at certain locations. [Main Article | CPC]
Burma
  • The 28th East African Brigade attacked Seikpyu, Burma as a feint. [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Marcus Island was made the flagship of Rear Admiral Felix Stump's Carrier Division 24 whiel at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Joseph Stalin held a feast for the Allied leaders at Yalta, Russia (now Ukraine). [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit the Super Cinema in Ilford, London, England, United Kingdom at 1245 hours; 13 were killed and 64 were seriously injured, and 86 were lightly injured. Another rocket hit Tavistock Place in St Pancras, London at 1608 hours; 31 were killed and 54 were seriously injured; the Central London Opthalmic Hospital and the Medical School of the Royal Free Hospital were damaged. [CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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