25 Jun 1944
  • Operation Epsom began with British Second Army's offensive near Caen, France. To the west, with naval gunfire support, American ground forces engaged in street fighting in Cherbourg. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | TH]
  • General KÅ“nig was made the head of Free French Forces. ww2dbase [Pierre KÅ“nig | TH]
  • US 83rd Infantry was temporarily attached to the VIII Corps of US First Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Gurkha troops of the Chindits attacked Mogaung, Burma cautiously, having suffered heavy casualties during the assault two days prior. Meanwhile, the Japanese began to fall back from the town. ww2dbase [Operation Thursday | CPC]
  • Captain Maurice E. Curts was named the commanding officer of USS Columbia, relieving Captain Frank E. Beatty, Jr. ww2dbase [Columbia | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean Finland
  • Soviet troops launched a three-prong offensive at 0730 hours against Tali (now Paltsevo), Finland after a heavy artillery and air bombardment. Only the western prong breached Finnish lines, but it threatened to cut off the Finnish front lines. ww2dbase [Battle of Tali-Ihantala and Battle of Vuosalmi | Tali | CPC]
France Hawaii Japan
  • At the Imperial Conference in Tokyo, Japan, Prince Hiroyasu advocated the use of special attacks by all branches of the military. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | Tokyo | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed the area around Iwo Jima in the Bonin Islands and laid a course for Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Bonin Islands | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS New Mexico departed waters off Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [New Mexico | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Following a visit to British No. 617 Squadron at Woodhall Spa in England, United Kingdom by USAAF Generals Carl Spaatz and James Doolittle, a crated Mustang fighter was delivered as a gift from the United States to Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire. Cheshire wanted to use it that evening for a raid on the V-bomb site at Siracourt, France, and his mechanics worked all day removing the grease and the guns. One hour after the Lancaster bombers had taken off Cheshire followed in the Mustang fighter (which type he had never flown before) and he arrived in time to mark the target at low level for the heavy bombers. ww2dbase [P-51 Mustang | RAF Woodhall Spa | Woodhall Spa, England | AC]
  • A V-1 bomb struck the eastern side of Victoria Station, London, England, United Kingdom as the train crews were arriving in the early morning; 17 were killed, including six men on fire watch. A further 8 Londoners were killed when V-1 bombs landed in Deptford and 7 fatalities occurred in Kepler Road, Clapham. A pub, The Freemason's Arms, and 50 houses were badly damaged in Camberwell. Nine V-1 bombs were shot down by 3 Squadron RAF and 10 by 486 Squadron (RNZAF). During the evening the flying bombs were aimed at Southampton, most landed on or around the Isle of Wight. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | London, England | HM]
United States
  • USS Baya departed New London, Connecticut, United States for Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Baya | New London, Connecticut | AC]
  • The FR Fireball piston-jet mix-powered fighter took its first flight with only the piston engine equipped. ww2dbase [FR Fireball | CPC]
  • Submarine Brill was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by the wife of Rear Admiral Francis Low. ww2dbase [Electric Boat Company | Brill | Groton, Connecticut | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 25 Jun 1944
A heavy German coast artillery shell fell between Texas (background) and Arkansas (foreground) off Cherbourg, France, 25 Jun 1944Burial at sea for the US Marines who died at Saipan, Mariana Islands, Jun-Jul 1944Cruiser HMS Belfast bombarding German positions off Normandy, France, 24-25 Jun 1944A destroyed T-26 tank surrounded by dead Red Army soldiers near the German-Soviet border in occupied Poland, late Jun 1941

25 Jun 1944 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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