4 Apr 1944
  • Charles De Gaulle was appointed head of Free French military forces. ww2dbase [Charles de Gaulle | TH]
  • HMS Cumberland and joint RN/USN force returned to Trincomalee, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
Australia Australian Papua British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS Columbia departed Port Purvis, Nggela Islands (Florida Islands), Solomon Islands for a scheduled overhaul in San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Columbia | Port Purvis, Nggela Islands | CPC]
Hawaii India
  • On the Imphal front in India the Japanese 51st Regiment of 15th Division commenced attacks on 123rd Indian Brigade's positions, while the Japanese 31st Division attacked the village of Kohima. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Imphal, Manipur | AC]
Poland Russia
  • Allied convoy JW-58 arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
  • Shokaku returned to Singapore naval arsenal. The Third Fleet's flag was transferred ashore. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Singapore | CPC]
  • Shokaku returned to Singapore naval arsenal. The Third Fleet's flag was transferred ashore. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Singapore | CPC]
  • German Armeegruppe Mitte counterattacked to reach those units surrounded for two weeks near Kovel, in the Pripet marsh area of Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The German Armeegruppe Süd was renamed Armeegruppe Nordukraine. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Going against precedence, British Foreign Office banned foreign embassies located in Britain from sending coded messages, and stated that diplomatic pouches were subject to censorship, with the exception of British allies. ww2dbase [London, England | TH]
United States
  • Kyne was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Kyne | CPC]
  • USS Steamer Bay was commissioned at Astoria, Oregon with Captain Steadman Teller in command. ww2dbase [Steamer Bay | Astoria, Oregon | CPC]
  • Franklin Roosevelt's doctor noted the US President's high blood pressure and prescribed rest; Roosevelt would soon depart for Bernard Baruch's home in South Carolina, United States for a vacation. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | Hyde Park, New York | CPC]
  • The US Twentieth Air Force was established in Washington DC, United States for deployment to India with forward bases in China. ww2dbase [Washington | AC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Apr 1944
Sergeant John Cark and Staff Sergeant Ford Shaw of E Company, 25th Combat Team, US Army 93rd Division cleaning their rifles alongside the East West Trail, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 4 Apr 1944USAAF intelligence aerial photograph of the Auschwitz I main camp at Oświęcim, Poland taken 4 Apr 1944. This is a scan of an enlarged print taken from the original negative and captioned by the CIA in 1978.B-24D Liberator “Angie the Ox” of the 515th Bomb Squadron over the smoking rail yards in Bucharest, Romania, Apr 4 1944

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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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