10 Sep 1944
  • US First Army captured Luxembourg. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Allied patrols in Belgium crossed the German border near Aachen, Germany. ww2dbase [Liberation of Belgium | TH]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the Ninth Army of US 12th Army Group. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Franklin provided support for campaign in the Palau Islands through 16 Sep 1944. ww2dbase [Franklin | CPC]
  • Heinrich Himmler ordered that all deserters would be shot, along with their families. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | CPC]
  • USS Finback fired 6 torpedoes at a Japanese destroyer escort in the Western Pacific; all torpedoes missed. She would continue to shadow the convoy the warship was escorting. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
  • USS Parche began her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
  • British Army Major William Cavendish, Lord Hartington, the husband of the sister of future US President John F. Kennedy, was killed in action at Heppen, Belgium at the hands of a German sniper. ww2dbase [Heppen | AC]
  • Bernard Montgomery received a visit from Dwight Eisenhower at Brussels, Belgium during which Montgomery criticized Eisenhower's broad front strategy and demanded his army group to be the sole offensive force as current strategy placed the other two army groups in poor positions to launch attacks into Germany. Eisenhower responded "[s]teady Monty, you can't talk to me like that. I'm your boss." ww2dbase [Bernard Montgomery | Brussels | CPC]
  • Kamoi departed Brunei at 1253 hours. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
  • The British 1st Corps (49th West Riding and 51st Highland Divisions) of the Canadian Army commenced the siege of Le Havre, the largest port in northern France, which had been earmarked for American use. The approaches to Le Havre were well protected by flooding, mines, anti-tank ditches and huge concrete gun emplacements primarily designed for sea defence. The German garrison of 11,000 (underestimated by Allied Intelligence as being around 8,700) was strongly provided with artillery. The siege opened with Allied aircraft dropping 4,000 tons of bombs on to the defences (followed by a further 5,500 tons over the two day battle). The 15-inch guns of HMS Erebus and Warspite were also brought to bear on the largest gun emplacements, although Erebus did receive some damage from return fire from the shore batteries. In addition, two heavy and six medium batteries added their support to the Divisional artillery Regiments during the softening-up process. The German resistance however proved less tenacious than expected resulting in a comparatively light Allied casualty rate of less than 400. Nevertheless on its capture the docks were found to have been thoroughly wrecked and it was over four weeks before the port could be used. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 2 | Le Havre, Haute-Normandie | AC]
  • After sundown, the two companies that the US 7th Armoured Division had managed to get across the Moselle River in France were counterattacked by German SS troops. ww2dbase [Lorraine | AC]
Japan Luxembourg
  • Jean arrived in Luxembourg with the British Army. ww2dbase [Jean | ]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sunfish attacked a Japanese convoy in the Tsushima Strait, sinking Chihaya Maru and damaging two others, hitting them with 4 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | Tsushima Strait | CPC]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Mindanao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • After sundown, 5 aircraft of No. 1586 (Polish Special Duties) Flight, 8 aircraft of No. 148 (Special Duties) Squadron RAF and No. 178 Squadron RAF, and 10 aircraft of Nos. 31 and 34 Squadrons SAAF dropped supplies on Warsaw, Poland and nearby Kampinos Forest. 1 Polish, 1 South African (of No. 34 Squadron SAAF), and 1 British (of No. 148 (Special Duties) Squadron RAF) were lost. ww2dbase [Warsaw Uprising | Warsaw | CPC]
  • Downed US and British airmen previously interned in Bulgaria were evacuated by train to Istanbul, Turkey. ww2dbase [Bulgaria Switched Sides | Istanbul | CPC]
  • U-23 was scuttled off Ağva, Turkey to prevent Soviet capture. ww2dbase [U-23 | Ağva, Istanbul | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 10 Sep 1944
Oliver P. Smith walking through his Assistant Division Commander quarters on Peleliu, Palau Islands, 1944A German gun emplacement located near the town of Ste. Marie du Mont near Utah Beach, showing damage inflicted by Allied gunfire during the Normandy invasion; photo taken 10 Sep 1944Map showing the plan of attack for US Army 80th Division on the city of Nancy, France, Sep 5-10, 1944.Aerial photo of Tainan, Taiwan, 10 Sep 1944, photo 1 of 2; note grey rectangular region, soon misidentified by US military as Tainan North Airfield, was actually a Japanese Army shooting range
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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