25 Mar 1945
  • USS Tirante sank Japanese tanker Fuji Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island arrived about 100 kilometers south of Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US First Army finally broke out of Remagen bridgehead in Germany. 140 kilometers to the north, British Second Army captured Wesel, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Retreating USAAF personnel blew up the Laohokow air base in China to prevent Japanese capture. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British General Montgomery issued a non-fraternization order as British troops entered Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Winston Churchill, accompanied by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, crossed the Rhine River in Germany, visiting HQ 21st Army Group and delivered a characteristic message to officers and men. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Maximilian von Weichs stepped down as the commanding officer of German Armeegruppe F. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Guam
  • USS Springer arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Finback arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her twelfth and final war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan
  • USS Sargent Bay arrived in Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tadamichi Kuribayashi passed away on Iwo Jima, Japan. He reportedly committed ritual suicide, but his body was never found. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Taiwan
  • 18 US A-20 bombers from Luzon, Philippine Islands attacked a factory at Kyoshito District (now Qiaotou District), Takao (now Kaohsiung), Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Whitfield Street in St Pancras, London, England, United Kingdom in the late afternoon, killing 9 and seriously injuring 46. The Whitfield Memorial Chapel at Tottenham Court Road was badly damaged. In the evening, at 2300 hours, another rocket hit Broadfield Square in Enfield, London, killing 7 and seriously injuring 100. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The second FR Fireball prototype aircraft was destroyed in a crash. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Mar 1945
American troops crossing the Rhine under fire at Sankt Goar, Germany, late Mar 1945Large group of German prisoners of war sitting together in a compound after being captured by the Western Allies, 25 Mar 1945Winston Churchill and American generals on a balcony watching Allied vehicles crossing the Rhine River into Germany, 25 Mar 1945British Prime Minister Winston Churchill looking over the Rhine River from the ruins of the west end of the bridge at Wesel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, circa 25 Mar 1945
See all photos dated 25 Mar 1945

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

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