5 Oct 1944
  • USS Cod sank a Japanese cargo ship. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • The Germans lost 36 Linsen boats - small motorboats packed with explosives - attempting to disrupt traffic in the Scheldt estuary controlling the approach to the port of Antwerp, Belgium. On the same day, Canadian forces entered the Netherlands, capturing Kerkrade. ww2dbase [Battle of the Scheldt Estuary | TH]
  • Franklin Roosevelt told Chiang Kaishek that Joseph Stilwell was to be relieved as Chiang's chief of staff and as the Lend-Lease director, but he would remain in China as the commanding officer of American troops in China and Burma. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Emden began laying mines in the Skagerrak. ww2dbase [Emden | Skagerrak | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Four TDR drones, each carrying a 2,000-pound bomb, were launched against Japanese supply caves near the coast of Keravia Bay, south of Rabaul, New Britain. One hit in the vicinity of cave entrances, one missed the target area, two were lost enroute due to interference from communications frequency used by motor gunboats operating in the waters over which the drones flew. ww2dbase [TDR | New Britain | DS]
  • US II Corps, with British troops in support, launched a new attack toward Bologna, Italy. To the east, Indian 10th Infantry Division crossed the Fiumicino River, forcing German 10th Army to pull back toward Bologna. ww2dbase [Gothic Line Offensive | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 112 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Soviet First Baltic Front resumed the offensive toward Memel (now Klaipeda, Lithuania) to cut off German Armeegruppe Nord. ww2dbase [Operation Bagration | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 5 Oct 1944
Japanese six-inch battery on Chonito Cliff, Asan beachhead, Guam, Mariana Islands, 5 Oct 1944Japanese 120mm dual-purpose gun on hill east of the Orote Peninsula Airfield, Guam, Mariana Islands, 5 Oct 1944Japanese narrow gauge railroad locomotive at the Orote Peninsula Airfield, Guam, Mariana Islands, 5 Oct 1944Northwestern interior corner of a reinforced concrete Japanese pillbox for a 37mm anti tank gun on Agat Beach, Guam, Mariana Islands, 5 Oct 1944
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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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