21 Jul 1945
  • The Allied leadership threatened Japan with destruction if it did not surrender. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied leaders selected Nürnberg, Germany as the location for trials against accused German war criminals. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet submarine ShCh-411 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Macabi reached waters near Truk, Caroline Islands as a lifeguard vessel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill took the salute at a parade of the 7th Armoured Division through the Charlottenburger Chaussee in Berlin, Germany. This was a great honour to the "Desert Rats" who had fought all the way from El Alamein, Egypt to the German capital. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • I-400 departed Maizuru, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • I-401 departed Maizuru, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 12 M26 Pershing heavy tanks arrived at Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sea Robin fired a torpedo at a Japanese patrol boat in the East China Sea; the torpedo missed. Later in the same day, she sank two small tankers with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Jul 1945
American trucks returning part of US$500 million worth of Florentine artwork looted by Germans, Piazzo Dei Signoria, Florence, Italy, 21 Jul 1945Bernard Montgomery, Winston Churchill, Harold Alexander, and Anthony Eden at the Charlottenberger Chausce reviewing stand during the Berlin victory parade, Germany, 21 Jul 1945Brigadier General A. J. McFarland, Admiral William Leahy, and Admiral Ernest King at a meeting during the Potsdam Conference, Germay, 21 Jul 1945Major General Lauris Norstad, General Henry Arnold, and General George Marshall at a meeting during the Potsdam Conference, Germany, 21 Jul 1945
See all photos dated 21 Jul 1945

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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