10 Apr 1945
  • American bombers conducted a raid on Japanese positions in the Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 1,224 Allied heavy bombers were dispatched to attack German aircraft facilities; about 60 German jets were launched to intercept. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German 6.SS-Panzerarmee defended against strong Soviet attacks against Wiener Neustadt and Baden in occupied Austria. Meanwhile, heavy fighting continued in the central districts of Vienna. ww2dbase [Battle of Vienna | TH]
  • Canadian First Army captured Deventer, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [TH]
  • In Germany, British Second Army captured Wildenhausen and US Ninth Army captured Hannover. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Prime Minister Churchill announced that, to date, Britain suffered 1,126,802 total casualties. Of the 306,984 killed, 34,161 were from the merchant navy and 59,793 were civilian. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In the Philippine Islands, US troops captured Jolo in Sulu and Lamon Bay at Luzon. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • General Walther Wenck was named the commanding officer of the German 12th Army. ww2dbase [Walther Wenck | CPC]
  • USS Charr sank a Japanese freighter with her deck gun in the Java Sea. ww2dbase [Charr | CPC]
  • Wilkinson Sword Limited's contract for producing Fairbairn-Sykes commando daggers ended. ww2dbase [Fairbairn-Sykes | CPC]
  • USS Mingo arrived in the Mariana Islands, ending her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Mingo | CPC]
  • A reconnaissance flight over Scotland, United Kingdom by an Arado jet was the last operational sortie over Britain by a Luftwaffe aircraft. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | AC]
  • Otto Skorzeny visited Field Marshal Ferdinand Sch√∂rner's headquarters in Silesia in occupied Poland. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island arrived at Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands for repairs. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler sent his servants ahead of him to Berchtesgaden, Germany to prepare for his arrival scheduled for 20 Apr 1945. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
  • Z43 struck a mine, which blew a 15-meter by 4-meter hole in her hull and broke her keel, flooding the center and aft boiler rooms. Torpedo boat T33 towed her some distance before emergency repairs restored enough power for her to sail to Rostock, Germany for repairs. ww2dbase [Z43 | CPC]
  • USS Bailey arrived in Mangarin Bay, Mindoro, Philippines. The Legaspi Attack Group Commander left the ship relieving Bailey as force flagship. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
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  • New Zealand troops reached Santerno River in northern Italy. After sundown, British V Corps launched Operation Impact Plain toward Argenta, Italy. 850 heavy bombers and 700 medium bombers were used to support the Allied attacks that took place on this day. ww2dbase [Operation Grapeshot and Operation Roast | CPC]
  • Ten Seiran seaplanes performed a practice flight over Fukuyama, Japan to familiarize the crews with flights over densely populated areas in case they were to receive an order to attack US cities. After the exercise, Second Lieutenant Ichiyoshi's aircraft crashed on water landing; Ichiyoshi was killed, and the observer survived the crash. ww2dbase [M6A Seiran | Fukuyama, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands attacked the town of Koshun, Takao Prefecture, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Koshun, Takao | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 10 Apr 1945
One of KönigsbergGerman prisoners of war marched across a bridge, Königsberg, Apr 1945African-American boxing champion and US Army Technical Sergeant Joe Louis sewing his rank patch onto his uniform, 10 Apr 1945Men of the 383nd Infantry Regiment, US 96th Division firing at a Japanese position in the Mashiki area, Okinawa, Japan, circa 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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