15 Apr 1945
  • USS Iowa arrived at Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Charr completed minelaying off Pulo Island, Vietnam. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Zutphen, Leeuwarden, and Zoutkamp in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US First Army captured Leuna and Merseburg, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • In Czechoslovakia, Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front assaulted toward the Mührisch-Ostrau industrial region of Moravia, while Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front moved towards Brno. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USAAF bombers dropped napalm bombs on the German stronghold in Royan, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German ships evacuated 20,000 people from East Prussia, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Troops of F Company, 2nd Battalion, 405th Regiment, US 102nd Infantry Division discovered the aftermath of the massacre committed by German SS and Luftwaffe troops two days prior near Gardelegen, Saxony, Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Operation Kikusui No. 3 was launched off Okinawa, Japan, participated by about 120 Japanese Navy and 45 Japanese Army special attack and escorting aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • About 200 aircraft of the US 14th Air Force attacked Japanese targets across a large area of eastern China, targeting bridges, river traffic, railroads, gun positions, warehouses, and troop concentrations. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Field Marshal Model, Commander-in-Chief of German Army Group B, ordered all young soldiers and old soldiers to be discharged from the army. As civilians they were to make their own way home. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front advanced toward Graz in occupied Austria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Pierre Barjot was promoted to the rank of counter admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • King Christian X secured the release of 423 Danish Jews from Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | CPC]
Germany
  • French First Army captured Kehl and Offenburg, Germany. On the same day, Dwight Eisenhower ordered US 3rd Army under George Patton and US 6th Army Group under Jacob Devers to make a thrust toward Austria. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • British troops liberated Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany, which had about 40,000 prisoners at the time. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Eva Braun arrived in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Oberstleutnant Gerhard Prawitt, the commandant of the Oflag IV-C prisoner of war camp at Colditz Castle in Germany, received the order to transfer the prisoners in his charge toward the east. As he moved to carry out the order, the prisoners refused to cooperate as they knew the European War was coming to an end. By the evening, as US 9th Armored Division neared Colditz, SS guards began to flee without orders. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hermann Florstedt, former Majdanek Concentration Camp commandant, was executed at Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany by a SS firing squad. He had been found guilty for having embezzled wealth left behind by murdered Jews. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Capitaine arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Italy
  • US II Corps advanced toward Bologna, Italy in two columns along Highway 64 and Highway 65. British troops launched another attack across the Fossa Marina canal east of Argenta, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • American carrier aircraft struck Japanese airfields in southern Kyushu, Japan while 300 US Army B-29 bombers conducted raids on Kawasaki and Tokyo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • Rear Admiral Haruo Katsuta was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Shamrock Bay launched four FM-2 Wildcat fighters, which shot down six Japanese aircraft 50 miles north of Okinawa, Japan; some of the six aircraft might have been special attack aircraft aiming for destroyer USS Laffey. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • At a conference in Moscow, Russia to discuss the war in the Far East, Joseph Stalin told Ambassador Averell Harriman that the forthcoming Soviet offensive will be aimed at Dresden, not Berlin, as he had already told Dwight Eisenhower. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Taiwan
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands struck Shinchiku Airfield (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Apr 1945
Precious metals, paintings, and other loot hidden by Germans in a salt mine near Merkers, Germany, 15 Apr 1945US Army Corporal Donald Ornitz examining a looted painting in the Merkers salt mine, Germany, Apr 1945Supervised by American soldiers, German civilians from the town of Nordhausen, Germany bury the corpses of prisoners found at the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp in mass graves, mid-Apr 1945Damaged buildings of Kolberg, Germany (now Kolobrzeg, Poland), mid-1945
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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