23 Sep 1944
  • Canadian troops formed a bridgehead across the Escaut Canal in Belgium. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Franklin Roosevelt denounced Republican Party attacks during a speech at the Teamster's Union dinner; the Republicans had accused Roosevelt of inappropriately using a US Navy destroyer to fetch his pet dog Fala, abusing his presidential powers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The tiny republic of San Marino in northern Italy declared war on Germany after its 300-man army was rounded up by a mere platoon of German soldiers. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Republic of China established the Order of Loyalty and Diligence. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Patrick Hurley asked Chiang Kaishek to accept communist assistance in the war against Japan; Chiang rejected the request. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australia
  • USS Ray departed Fremantle, Australia for her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Estonia
  • Jewish prisoners of concentration camp in Kluga, Estonia were massacred. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • After a six-day siege, Canadian troops forced the German troops at Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France to surrender. The Canadians suffered 634 casualties and captured 9,500 prisoners (many driven from their bunkers by driving flame down the ventilation shafts). ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Hungary
  • Soviet and Romanian forces entered Hungary just beyond Arad, Romania. Hungarian Baron Ede Atzel led a delegation across the Soviet front lines in an attempt to negotiate an armistice. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Philippines Russia
  • Allied convoy JW-60 arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • No. 56 Squadron RAF was transferred out of RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom; the field ceased operations upon No. 56 Squadron's exit. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Boarfish was commissioned into service with Commander Royce L. Gross in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Charr was commissioned into service at 1030 hours at the US Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut, United States with Commander Francis Boyle in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort was promoted to the rank of captain. His superior Joseph Redman sent him a three-word letter "Delivered with congratulations" for this occasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Croaker completed her refitting at Midway and began her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Sep 1944
He Yingqin, Donald Nelson, Joseph Stilwell, Patrick Hurley in Chongqing, China, Sep 1944British Royal Engineers 1st Para Squadron Cpl John Humphreys, Cpl Charles Weir, Lt Dennis Simpson, Cpt Eric Mackay at Nijmegen, Holland, recreating their escape from German captivity, 23 Sep 1944US soldiers instructing Chinese soldiers on the use of a 60-mm mortar at the Kunming Infantry School, Yunnan Province, China, 23 Sep 1944Four British paratroopers with Sten sub-machineguns moving through a shell-damaged house in Oosterbeek, the Netherlands to which they had retreated after being driven out of Arnhem, 23 Sep 194
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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