30 May 1944
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Royal Sovereign was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Royal Sovereign | CPC]
  • USS Guitarro sank the heavily-escorted cargo ship Shisen Maru off Taiwan, hitting her with two of the three torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Guitarro | CPC]
  • USS Finback completed refitting at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii and departed for her ninth war patrol. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
  • USS Pompon sank cargo ship Shiga Maru off Murotosaki, Shikoku, Japan, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Pompon | CPC]
India
  • Major General Nobuo Tanaka canceled his offensive in the Imphal region in India after incurring heavy losses. To the north at Kohima, the Indian 7th Division assault on Dyer Hill, Pimple Hill, and Big Tree Hill, which began on 24 May, was repulsed with heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | Kohima, Assam | CPC]
Italy
  • British troops captured Arce, Italy; US 36th Infantry Division penetrated between German 1st Parachute Corps and LXXVI Panzer Corps on the Caesar C Line. Also on this day, after seven German divisions successfully withdraw along Route 6 in Italy, Albert Kesselring allowed his troops in the Velletri gap to slowly fall back. ww2dbase [Battle of Anzio | Lazio | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • In a Daily Telegraph crossword puzzle the word "Mulberry" appeared as one of the answers. This caused considerable consternation among Allied invasion planners as "Mulberry" was the codename for the floating harbours and facilities to be used during the invasion landings in France. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | AC]
Photo(s) dated 30 May 1944
Horsa gliders line up in preparation for invasion, England, United Kingdom, May-Jun 1944Kranke, Buhle, and Rommel speaking after a weapons demonstration, Northern France, 30 May 1944, photo 1 of 2Kranke, Buhle, and Rommel speaking after a weapons demonstration, Northern France, 30 May 1944, photo 2 of 2Rommel inspecting the German 21st Panzer Division, Normandy, France, 30 May 1944, photo 4 of 4; note vehicle-mounted MG42 machine gun
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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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