19 Mar 1944
  • USS Cassin Young arrived at Pearl Harbor. ww2dbase [Cassin Young | CPC]
  • German troops occupied Hungary. Adolf Eichmann arrived in Hungary to begin mass deportation of the 750,000 Hungarian Jews who, thus far, had been largely unmolested. ww2dbase [Adolf Eichmann | CPC]
  • Former Vichy French Interior Minister Pierre Pucheu was killed in Algiers in North Africa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Mogilev-Podolski and Vinnitsa, Ukraine. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Edson Burns took command of the Canadian First Corps. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Edmund Veesenmayer was assigned to the German embassy in Budapest, Hungary with plenipotentiary powers. ww2dbase [Edmund Veesenmayer | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten recovered from his temporary blindness at Ledo, India, as pronounced by US Army eye specialist Captain Scheie. On the same day, he issued a reprimand against Orde Wingate for sending complaints of his fellow officers through clear text so that it could be read by all cipher and signals staff. ww2dbase [Louis Mountbatten | CPC]
  • Chinese 66th Regiment captured Jambu Bum ridge in northern Burma, about 140 kilometers northwest of Myitkyina. ww2dbase [Battle of Myitkyina | CPC]
  • LĂ©on Degrelle was awarded the Close Combat Clasp in Silver. ww2dbase [LĂ©on Degrelle | CPC]
  • LĂ©on Degrelle was awarded the Wound Badge in Gold. ww2dbase [LĂ©on Degrelle | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • U-1059 was sunk by depth charges dropped by a US Navy Avenger aircraft (Lieutenant (jg) N. T. Dowty of VC-6 squadron, USS Block Island) in the Atlantic Ocean about 960 kilometers or about 600 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands at 0726 hours. Her gunners were able to hit the Avenger aircraft on its second attack run, killing the pilot and one of the crew. ww2dbase [U-1059 | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Hawaii Italy
  • Allies launched Operation Strangle, which was consisted of air interdiction attacks on the rail yards at Sienna, Italy. ww2dbase [Sienna, Toscana | TH]
  • British and New Zealand troops attacked German positions in the Cassino, Italy area, making very little progress in the face of German 1st Parachute Division. ww2dbase [Battle of Monte Cassino | Cassino, Lazio | CPC]
  • Italian motor torpedo boats attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy before dawn, engaging in brief combat. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Anzio, Lazio | CPC]
Russia
  • Vasily Chuikov was made a Hero of the Soviet Union for the first time and was awarded the Order of Lenin for the second time. ww2dbase [Vasily Chuikov | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 19 Mar 1944
Hill 260 after shelling by the US Americal Division, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 19 Mar 1944USS Petrof Bay on her shakedown cruise, circa Mar 1944

19 Mar 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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