20 Feb 1945
  • German Armeegruppe Kurland suffered heavy Soviet attacks in Lithuania, but was able to resist. ww2dbase [TH]
  • George Patton wrote to Omar Bradley, urging Bradley to convince Dwight Eisenhower to allow Bradley's army group to attack aggressively toward the Rhine River. ww2dbase [Advance to the Rhine | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill attacked a Japanese convoy, sinking cargo ship Daizen Maru. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | CPC]
  • HMS Activity arrived in Colombo, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Activity | CPC]
  • HMS Vervain (Lieutenant Commander R. A. Howell) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-1276 off the coast of Ireland. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | AC]
  • Du Yuming was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | CPC]
French Indochina
  • Kamikaze rescued survivors of torpedoed destroyer Nokaze off Annam, French Indochina. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | Annam | CPC]
Hawaii Italy Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Pintado was detected by a Japanese aircraft in the South China Sea, which damaged her with depth charges. ww2dbase [Pintado | South China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish collided with a piece of ice floe, bending both of her periscopes. She set sail for Guam, Mariana Islands to receive repairs. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
Philippines United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 20 Feb 1945
USS Washington off Iwo Jima, Japan, 19-22 Feb 1945Gantry Crane spanning the Pearl Harbor drydocks, 20 Feb 1945 (the crane was built in 1940).LVT Man of US 9th Marines with flamethrower, Motoyama Airfield (Airfield Number 2), Iwo Jima, Feb 1945
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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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