25 Jan 1944
  • Nazi Gauleiter Hans Frank noted in his diary on this date that "At the present time we still have in the General Government perhaps 100,000 Jews." Prior to the German occupation, the area now called the General Government had a Jewish population of about 2,500,000. ww2dbase [Hans Frank | CPC]
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-30 struck a mine and sank off Anzio, Italy. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Singapore to escort carrier Chitose and convoy HI-32 to Moji, Japan. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • The Wehrmachtbericht bulletin issued on this date by the Wehrmacht headquarters announced the death of nightfighter pilot Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein. ww2dbase [Heinrich | CPC]
  • German submarine U-278 sank US freighter Penelope Barker (16 were killed, 56 survived) and U-360 damaged destroyer HMS Obdurate which was forced to leave the escort force of the Allied arctic convoy. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • Captain Nobuei Morishita relieved Rear Admiral Takeji Ono as the commanding officer of Yamato. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • The newly operational battleship, USS New Jersey (Captain Carl F. Holden), joined Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman's TG58.3 (Group Three of Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher's Task Force 58) in time to participate in Operation Flintlock, the occupation of the Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [New Jersey | AC]
Australian New Guinea Caroline Islands
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Truk | CPC]
  • Philipp was formally dismissed as the governor of Hessen-Nassau, Germany. ww2dbase [Philipp | CPC]
Gilbert and Ellice Islands
  • USS Alabama departed Funafuti, Ellice Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | Funafuti | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • General Eberhard von Mackensen assumed overall control of forces in the Anzio, Italy area. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
Japan Photo(s) dated 25 Jan 1944
USS South Dakota, USS Alabama, and USS North Carolina underway in the South Pacific, 25 Jan 1944; photo taken from USS IntrepidUSS North Carolina in Ms32/18d early pattern camouflage in the Marshall Islands, 25 Jan 1944; photo taken from USS Intrepid; note Fletcher-class destroyer in distanceOn behalf of the United States Navy, Vice Admiral Aubrey Fitch receives a plaque from appreciative Solomon Islanders on Guadalcanal, 25 Jan 1944.California underway at 8 knots, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington, United States, 25 Jan 1944

25 Jan 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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