22 May 1945
  • Field Marshall Montgomery was designated as commander of British occupation troops, as well as a British member of the Allied Control Commission in Germany. ww2dbase [Bernard Montgomery | TH]
  • The British Government announced further reductions in rations. Bacon was reduced to three ounces per person per week, cooking fat to one ounce and meat to 106-lb per person per year, and the soap ration was also reduced for all but babies and young children. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Torrential rain reduced mobility of US armoured forces on Okinawa, Japan and gave the Japanese defenders a temporary respite. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | AC]
  • USS Becuna departed for her fourth war patrol on lifeguard station for carrier air crews. ww2dbase [Becuna | CPC]
  • Viktor Abakumov complained to Lavrentiy Beria of NKVD official Ivan Serov's interference with the SMERSH investigation of Adolf Hitler's final days. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria received a report from Soviet NKVD official Ivan Serov regarding Adolf Hitler's final days. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands and joined Task Group 58.4. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
  • Landing ship No. 173 was sunk by US aircraft in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | Okinawa | CPC]
  • Soviet SMERSH captured German SS Lieutenant General Bruno Streckenbach in Latvia. He would remain imprisoned in Russia until Oct 1955. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Far East Air Force B-25 bombers attacked an oil plant west of Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Kagi, Tainan | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 22 May 1945
Lieutenant General Simon Buckner, Jr., Major General Lemuel Shepperd, and Brigadier General William Clement on Okinawa, Japan, 22 May 1945

22 May 1945 Interactive Map

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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