19 Jan 1945
  • The Germans began evacuating civilians from Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied aircraft attacked Japanese positions at Monywa, Burma while the Indian 20th Division assaulted the port city on the Chindwin River. Meanwhile, Indian 4th Corps began its secret march southward for Meiktila, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Richard Bienert was named the prime minister of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler ordered that any attacks or retreats by divisions or larger units must be approved by him beforehand. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Alexander Löhr was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Maximilian von Weichs was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Violette Szabo was transferred from a punishment camp at Königsburg, Germany to Ravensbrück concentration camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Parche attacked two Japanese ships east of Taiwan, damaging a tanker and a freighter with 1 torpedo each; 10 torpedoes were expended during this attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Spot sank a Japanese cargo ship and a tanker in the Yellow Sea, hitting them with 3 of 13 torpdoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Red Army captured Kraków and Lódz, Poland and entered Ostpreußen (East Prussia), Germany from the south. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Town Quay, Barking, London, England, United Kingdom at 2300 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Jan 1945
Men of the US 1st Infantry Division checking out a gasoline truck that had skidded off the road due to snow and ice, Sourbrodt, Belgium, 19 Jan 1945With her deck loaded with aircraft, Light Carrier USS Belleau Wood riding at anchor off Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, California, United States, 19 Jan 1945

19 Jan 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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