26 Mar 1944
  • Soviet units captured Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine, reaching the Romanian border on a wide front. ww2dbase [TH]
  • British Prime Minister Churchill praised Yugoslavian partisans under Tito. ww2dbase [Josip Tito | CPC]
  • The Greek Communist Party established a provisional government in the mountains of northern Greece. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Japanese submarine I-8 damaged Dutch ship Tjisalak with a torpedo in the Indian Ocean, and then surfaced to exchange shellfire. After the ship sank, the Japanese attacked 97 survivors with swords, wrenches, and sledgehammers. They were then shot and dumped into the water. Six men survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Anton Dostler ordered the execution of the 15 American commandos who were captured on 24 Mar 1944 while attempting to sabotage the La Spezia-Genoa rail line in Italy. ww2dbase [Anton Dostler | CPC]
  • Troops of Japanese 60th Regiment attacked Sangshak, India after dark, but got lost in the darkness, and many men were trapped in the open in the next morning. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | CPC]
  • Oberleutnant Hans Bennemann and Oberfeldwebel Wilhelm Brennecke of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The New Zealand Corps headquarters, currently near Cassino, Italy, was dissolved. Surviving troops were incorporated into British XIII Corps. ww2dbase [Battle of Monte Cassino | Cassino, Lazio | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 154 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • The 890-ton Japanese army cargo ship Shimotsuki Maru was sunk by a mine off Murotozaki, Kochi Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [HM]
  • The German motor torpedo boats S-93 and S-129 were both sunk in a US bomber air raid, west of Ijmuiden, the Netherlands. S-93 was later lifted and broken up. ww2dbase [North Sea | HM]

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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