10 Oct 1945
  • The Japanese Navy 5th and 10th Air Fleets were officially disbanded. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Dong Zhao was awarded the Order of Loyalty and Diligence. ww2dbase [Dong Zhao | CPC]
  • George Brett stepped down as the chief of the US Caribbean Defense Command and the US Army's Panama Canal Department. ww2dbase [George Brett | CPC]
  • A Soviet code clerk defected to the US and revealed the extent of the Soviet spy network in the US. ww2dbase [CPC]
China
  • US 68th Composite Wing departed Baishiyi Airfield near Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Baishiyi Airfield | Chongqing | CPC]
  • Hiroshi Nemoto surrendered the Japanese North China Area Army at a ceremony at the Forbidden City in Beiping, China. ww2dbase [Japan's Surrender | Hiroshi Nemoto | Beiping | CPC]
  • On this National Day holiday, Chinese Nationalists and Communists issued a joint communiqué announcing the intention of peaceful national reconstruction. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Navy arrived at Qingdao, Shandong Province, China and immediately began preparations for the transportation of Chinese forces to northern China and the transportation of Japanese troops to Japan. ww2dbase [Qingdao, Shandong | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • British forces arrived in Belawan (near Medan) and Padang in Sumatra, Dutch East Indies. Local Indonesian nationalist groups were alarmed. ww2dbase [Belawan, Palawan | CPC]
  • Indonesian forces took control of much of Bandung, Java, Indonesia. Nearby Japanese forces, not having officially surrendered yet, counterattacked and took back the city, preventing the nationalist groups from capturing a weapon factory. ww2dbase [Bandung, Java | CPC]
French Indochina
  • In Laos in French Indochina, King Sisavangvong of Luang Phrabang dismissed Prime Minister Prince Ratanavongsa Phetsarath, as suggested by Charles De Gaulle; Prince Ratanavongsa Phetsarath would formally accept the dismissal on 15 Oct. Nationalists responded by forming a revolutionary government, which was intended to be led by the prince. ww2dbase [Laos | CPC]
  • Major General Douglas Gracey ordered his troops to march into the northern suburbs of Saigon, Cochinchina, French Indochina as a response to Viet Minh attacks on the previous night. Later in the day, Gracey and General Philippe Leclerc traveled to Singapore to attend an Allied conference; Gracey would receive additional reinforcements from Louis Mountbatten during the meeting, but he was also reminded that the preferred method for the situation in Saigon was to de-escalate via negotiations, not by force. ww2dbase [Philippe Leclerc | Saigon, Cochinchina | CPC]
Japan
  • Japanese communist leaders Kyuichi Tokuda and Yoshio Shiga were freed after spending 18 years in Fuchu Prison in Tokyo, Japan. Before they were allowed outside the prison gate, they briefed the Allied General Headquarters on the party's plans in post war Japan. ww2dbase [Fuchu Prison | Tokyo | CPC]
Korea
  • Lieutenant General John Hodge announced that the US military government was the only legitimate government in Korea south of the 38th Parallel. This was in response to similar claims by the Korean's People's Republic, which was formed in the previous month in an effort to counter the possibility of the division of Korea. ww2dbase [CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Enterprise arrived at the Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Enterprise | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British Colonial Secretary in Malaya provided the British House of Commons in London detailed plans for the Malayan Union. ww2dbase [London, England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 10 Oct 1945
Enterprise underway toward Panama Canal, 10 Oct 1945Annex C of the interrogation of Mitsuo Fuchida, 10 Oct 1945; Japanese command organization of the Philippine Islands areaCrowds gathering at the Forbidden City in Beiping, China for the Japanese surrender ceremony, 10 Oct 1945, photo 5 of 6General Sun Lianzhong signing the Japanese surrender document, Forbidden City, Beiping, China, 10 Oct 1945
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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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