12 Apr 1944
  • USS Finback attacked a six-ship Japanese convoy escorted by three patrol vessels east of Philippine Islands, firing 9 torpedoes and reporting 5 hits; she was then counterattacked with depth charges. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse assumed lifeguard station duty for US aircraft attacking Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The last of the convoys carrying Spanish volunteers of the recently disbanded German Army "Blue Legion" arrived in Spain. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Soviet demands for peace were rejected by Finland. ww2dbase [TH]
  • American troops cleared Pak Island off New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Realizing his earlier support of Mussolini's government was viewed with suspicion by the Allies, King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy transferred most of his power to Crown Prince Umberto, though he held on to the throne. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin signed the Soviet Stavka order to reform Western Front into 2nd and 3rd Byelorussian Fronts due to incapable leadership of the Western Front; the top officers of the Western Front were surprisingly not reprimanded seriously and were placed in other important positions. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Adolf Hitler authorized the withdrawal of German and Romanian forces from Sevastopol, Russia, but his delay in this decision caused heavier losses than necessary. ww2dbase [TH]
Japan
  • Landing ship No. 104 was completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 105 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Romania
  • German troops wiped out a small pocket of troops (elements of Soviet 206th Rifle Division and Soviet 3rd Guards Airborne Division) west of Tārgu Frumos, Romania. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • More than 61,000 German and Romanian troops began evacuation from the Crimea in Russia. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Apr 1944
FM-2 Wildcat prepared to land on USS Core in the North Atlantic, 12 Apr 1944FM-2 Wildcat catapulted off of USS Core, North Atlantic, 12 Apr 1944A German Luftwaffe paratrooper assault team in the mountains of northern Italy, 12 Apr 1944; note MP 40 submachine guns, grenades, and a flamethrower

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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