12 Jun 1945
  • With Japanese troops hopelessly surrounded in the Oroku sector of Okinawa, Japan requested a ceasefire to allow them to commit suicide rather than surrender. Hundreds blew themselves up with grenades or jumped off cliffs. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | AC]
  • Dwight Eisenhower received the Freedom of the City of London of England, United Kingdom and the Order of Merit from the French. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | AC, CPC]
  • USS Tunny patrolled immediately off the coast of Etomo Ko, Honshu, Japan. She was detected by search lights and withdrew out to sea. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • Sun Liren inspected Canadian troops and captured German weapons at General Harry Crerar's headquarters in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Sun Liren | CPC]
  • Kamikaze began an escort assignment for oiler Toho Maru out of Singapore. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | Sinagpore | CPC]
  • The Oka Prisoners of War Camp in northern Taiwan was opened. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir John Anderson announced the creation of the Arts Council of Great Britain to succeed the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Jun 1945
Typhoon damage to the forward flight deck of USS Bennington as seen after arrival in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines, 12 Jun 1945.

12 Jun 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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