30 Mar 1945
  • USS Chub rescued three American airmen off Yulikan Bay, Hainan island, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pintado arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US First Army attacked Paderborn, Germany. Beyond the German front lines, US aircraft harassed retreating German columns, destroying 246 trucks and 241 railway wagons. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Soviet troops marched into Danzig, taking 10,000 prisoners of war and capturing 45 submarines. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German Armeegruppe Weichsel (Vistula) evacuated its last Oder River bridgehead from Wollin, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet troops crossed the Hron and Nitra Rivers in Czechoslovakia and crossed into occupied Austria near Koszeg, Hungary. They were now 50 miles from Vienna, Ostmark, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Indian 19th Division captured Kyaukse, 20 miles south of Mandalay, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAAF bombers bombed German ports of Hamburg, Bremen, and Wilhelmshaven. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Commandant of the SS castle of Schloß Wewelsburg in Büren, Germany, Siegfried Taubert, abandoned the castle as US 3rd Armored Division approached. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jewish women being led to their deaths at the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp in Germany fought against their SS guards in an attempt to escape. Nine of them got away, but they were soon captured and were killed with the rest of the group. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) pounded Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands and its surrounding islets in softening-up strikes. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • British warships including the battleship HMS King George V, under the command of Vice Admiral Sir Bernard Rawlings, and a carrier force led by HMS Illustrious, commanded by Rear Admiral Sir Philip Vian, participated in an attack on the Sakashima Islands, 180 miles south-west of Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sea Robin detected a group of six Japanese destroyers in the South China Sea just off Hainan, China. She fired 3 and then 6 torpedoes, but all 9 torpedoes missed. She survived 20 minutes of depth charging after the attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Georgy Zhukov was awarded the Order of Victory for the second time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US aircraft attacked a railway linking Shoka (now Changhua) and Taichu (now Taichung), Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Tran Trong Kim was recalled from Bangkok, Thailand to Saigon, Cochinchina, French Indochina by the Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt arrived at Warm Springs, Georgia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Pompon departed Midway Atoll for her eighth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Mar 1945
US Army African-American Privates George Cofield and Howard Davis manning an anti-aircraft weapon near a bridge under construction over the Rhine River, 30 Mar 1945DShK M1938 heavy machine being used as a tank-mounted weapon by a Soviet soldier in Danzig, late Mar 1945High Commissioner Lord Gort and newspaper publisher Gershon Agron in conversation, 30 Mar 1945Japanese 120mm gun protuding from a cave opening, Iwo Jima, Japan, circa Mar 1945

30 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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