17 Mar 1945
  • The bridge at Remagen, Germany, which had served the Allies so well, collapsed after repeated being bombed by German Ar 234 jet bombers. Twenty-eight American engineers trying to strengthen the structure were swept away to their deaths. Meanwhile, US Third Army captured Koblenz, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Eisenhower ordered Patton to cease making plans to enter German-occupied Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • 1,260 Allied heavy bombers hit 2 synthetic oil plants in Germany while 650 medium bombers attacked the rail system. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Burma
  • Chinese 6th Army captured Hsipaw, Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Indian 5th Division arrived in the Meiktila, Burma area. To the south, Anglo-Indian troops again assaulted Fort Dufferin in Mandalay, Burma in failure, suffering heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
French Indochina
  • Emperor Bao Dai of Nguyen Dynasty Vietnam assumed direct control of the Vietnamese government. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • German troops evacuated Kolberg, Germany (now Kolobrzeg, Poland) by sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • 331 US B-29 bombers destroyed 7 square kilometers of Kobe, Japan; 8,841 were killed and 650,000 were displaced. The US attack also heavily damaged submarine I-15, which was under-construction at Kobe, nearly completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Spot attacked a Japanese convoy in the East China Sea, sinking one ship and damaging another; 16 torpedoes were expended in this attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit 212 Finchley Road near Borough Central Library in Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom. Aside from the library, 1,000 homes, the telephone exchange, the lighting station, Council's Work Depot, Warden's Post No. 16, and Women's Vountary Service offices were damaged. Another rocket hit the Rippleway sidings in Barking, London at 2230 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
United States
  • USS Alabama departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Mar 1945
Ludendorff Bridge shortly after the collapse, Remagen, Germany, circa 17 Mar 1945Strike photo taken by aircraft from USS Bunker Hill showing an SB2C Helldiver from Bombing Squadron VB-84 over Miyazaki Airfield on southern Kyushu, Japan, 17 Mar 1945

17 Mar 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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