12 Jun 1944
  • US and British forces linked up near Carentan, France, forming a solid 50-mile battle line, with 326,000 men and 54,000 vehicles on the beachhead. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | TH]
  • Yamato arrived at Batjan, Halmahera after Operation KON was postponed. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • USS Iowa escroted carriers while the aircraft struck Japanese positions in the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Iowa | CPC]
  • Canadian Destroyer HMCS Haida under Commander H. C. DeWolf sank the German submarine U-971. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | AC]
  • German Reich Minister for the Eastern Occupied Territories Alfred Rosenberg ordered the start of Heuaktion, which called for the kidnapping of 40,000 Polish children between the age of 10 and 14; they were to be transported to Germany as slave laborers. ww2dbase [Alfred Rosenberg | CPC]
  • With his company under heavy machine gun and tank fire in Burma, Rifleman Ganjo Lama crawled forward alone with a PIAT and destroyed two tanks. Despite a broken wrist and serious wounds to both hands, he knocked out a third tank by eliminating the crew. His actions earned him the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [AC]
  • In China, about 100 P-40 and P-51 fighters of the US 14th Air Force attacked Japanese vessels on Dongting Lake, docks and warehouses at Yuanjiang in Hunan Province, and troop concentrations in Changsha in Hunan Province. ww2dbase [Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
Finland France
  • General Erich Marcks, commander of the German LXXXIV Korps in Normandie, France, was mortally wounded when the staff car, in which he was travelling to organize a counter-attack to regain Carentan, was attacked by an Allied fighter-bomber. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | AC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Fifteen aircraft (Model F6F), 2 aircraft (Model TBF), 28 officers and 25 men of Night Fighting Squadron 78 (VF(N)-78) arrived on board. Thirteen aircraft (Model F6F), 5 aircraft (Model TBF), 29 officers and 16 men of Night Fighting Squadron 79 (VF(N)-79) arrived on board. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | Ewa, Oahu | DS]
  • Ethnic Bhutia rifleman Ganju Lama of the British Indian Army, using a PIAT anti-tank launcher, knocked out two Japanese tanks under heavy machine gun fire at Ningthoukhong, Manipur, India. Despite a broken wrist and wounds to both hands, he engaged and killed the surviving Japanese tankers. He would be awarded the Victoria Cross for this action. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | PIAT | Ningthoukhong, Manipur | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Saipan and Tinian in the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese ship in the Makassar Strait; all 6 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Bluefish | Makassar Strait | CPC]
  • USS Alabama escorted US carriers as carrier aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
United States
  • USS Bergall was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander J. M. Hyde in command. ww2dbase [Bergall | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Jun 1944
Wrecks of German Tiger I and Panzer IV tanks, Villers-Bocage, France, Jun 1944, photo 4 of 4M4 Sherman tanks and halftrack vehicles towing M3 37-mm anti-tank guns on either Omaha or Utah Beach, Normandy, France, 12 Jun 1944British Spitfire Mk IX fighter landing at B3/Ste Croix-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, 12 Jun 1944US Navy LST-134 beached at Normandy, France while unloading during low tide, 12 Jun 1944; note barrage balloons overhead providing protection from air attack and DUCKs on the beach
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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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