25 Jul 1944
  • USS hoe fired 6 torpedoes at a Japanese submarine, scoring no hits. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The first preliminary test of the RaLa Experiment was performed by the scientists of the Manhattan Project; it was the first in a series of experiments attempting to create a spherical implosion to detonate a nuclear weapon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Operation Cobra, the US breakout operation in France, began. Canadian troops attacked south of Caen, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • In Berlin, Germany, Goebbels was designated the Reich Plenipotentiary for Total War. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German authorities completed the evacuation of Jewish ghettos in Kovno, Lithuania. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • George Bush shared the credit for sinking of a Japanese cargo ship off the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched raids on Yap, Ulithi, and the Palaus in the Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Franklin launched strikes against Palau Islands, Yap Island, and Ulithi Atoll through 27 Jul 1944. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions in the Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Segundo arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 114 was laid down by Osaka Zosen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 135 was completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet units reached the Vistula River in Poland. To the north, the Germans evacuated Narva, Estonia, taking up defensive positions to the west. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • An unarmed RAF Dakota aircraft took off from Italy for Zaborów, Poland, where it would pick up V-2 rocket parts captured by Polish partisan fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
United Kingdom
  • Sorties were flown by aircraft of III KG/3 again during the night, in all 18 aircraft took off to launch V-1 flying bombs on England, United Kingdom. One aircraft, Heinkel He 111 5K+GT of 9 Staffel flown by Unteroffizier Günter Rohne, hit a high communication mast near Eindhoven in the Netherlands and blew up; there were no survivors. London and the counties of Hertfordshire and Essex were again hit but only light casualties were reported. 96 Squadron RAF lost a Mosquito XIII aircraft and the crew when the aircraft failed to return to RAF Ford. It was thought that the plane was hit by friendly fire when returning from the anti-diver patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
United States
  • Production of P-39 Airacobra fighters ceased. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Jul 1944
American troops leaving the first troop transport to enter Cherbourg harbor, 25 Jul 1944American troops and equipment on Tinian, Mariana Islands, Jul or Aug 1944US Marines wading toward Tinian from amphibious tractors and landing boats, Mariana Islands, 25 Jul 1944, photo 1 of 3US Marines wading toward Tinian from amphibious tractors and landing boats, Mariana Islands, 25 Jul 1944, photo 2 of 3
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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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