5 Apr 1945
  • 18 US Divisions began to clear the Ruhr Pocket in Germany. ww2dbase┬á[Fall of the Ruhr | TH]
  • Soviet foreign minister Molotov informed the Japanese ambassador that the Soviet Union would not renew the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact when it would expire in 1946. ww2dbase┬á[Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact | CPC]
  • Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front cut the rail line from Linz to Vienna, occupied Austria. ww2dbase┬á[Battle of Vienna | TH]
  • On the fifth day of the Soviet artillery bombardmen on K├Ânigsberg, East Prussia, Germany, a break in the weather allowed Soviet aircraft to join in on the attack. By this point, German defenses could offer little opposition to enemy aircraft. ww2dbase┬á[East Prussian Offensive | CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Almelo, the Netherlands. ww2dbase┬á[CPC]
  • USS New Mexico became the flagship of Admiral Raymond Spruance of US Fifth Fleet. ww2dbase┬á[New Mexico | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Hong Kong
  • Kamoi was heavily damaged by a B-24 bomber of USAAF Far East Air Force in Hong Kong harbor. ww2dbase┬á[Kamoi | CPC]
Italy Japan
  • Americans established an advanced air base on Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase┬á[Battle of Iwo Jima | Iwo Jima | CPC]
  • At 1359 hours, while at Mitajiri anchorage in Japan, battleship Yamato's commanding officer Captain Kosaku Ariga received the order to participate in a surface special attack on 7 Apr 1945. Ariga informed the crew at 1500 hours. At 1730 hours, 67 recently arrived cadets from the Naval Academy at Etajima were sent ashore. A farewell party was then held aboard Yamato, with a photographer taking portraits of officers. ww2dbase┬á[Yamato | Hofu, Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island disembarked US Navy squadron VC-87 and embarked squadron VCO-1 while operating off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase┬á[Marcus Island | Okinawa | CPC]
  • Yukio Araki visited his home in Gunma Prefecture, Japan for the last time. ww2dbase┬á[Yukio Araki | Gunma | CPC]
United States
  • The third FR Fireball prototype aircraft was destroyed in a crash over Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase┬á[FR Fireball | San Diego, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Apr 1945
Portrait of YamatoGround crew made an Omar Bradley and George Patton at Bastogne, Belgium, 5 Apr 1945Three Japanese soldiers emerged from their hiding place to surrender, Iwo Jima, 5 Apr 1945
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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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