15 Oct 1945
  • Pierre Laval was executed for treason. ww2dbase [Pierre Laval | CPC]
  • US Army ship FS-390 was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Du Yuming arrived at Chongqing, China, where Chiang told him that Du was to become the scapegoat for the removal of General Long Yun; Chiang would later award him with higher positions for taking on this responsibility. ww2dbase [Du Yuming | Chongqing | CPC]
  • The Chinese Communist central committee ordered its central and northern forces to focus on stopping or slowing the Nationalist troops moving toward northern China. ww2dbase [CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • The Pemuda PUSA organization in Aceh, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies took control of the Acehnese youth nationalist movement and declared support for Teungku Daud Beureu'eh's anti-Dutch judicial decision (fatwa). Daud Beureu'eh and three other prominent Islamic scholars had described the uprising against Dutch colonialism as a holy crusade (jihad fi sabilillah). ww2dbase [Aceh, Sumatra | CPC]
  • Indonesian nationalist fighters clubbed and hacked 50 Europeans and Eurasians to death as they marched toward Kalisosok Prison in Surabaya, Java, Indonesia. After getting into the prison, with some of the guards turning their backs to allow the fighters to do whatever they wished, 200 Europeans being held there for protect were killed. ww2dbase [Surabaya, Java | CPC]
French Indochina
  • Prince Ratanavongsa Phetsarath of Luang Phrabang formally accepted his dismissal as the Laotian Prime Minister, believing that the newly formed revolutionary government could succeed its anti-French goals without support from the king. ww2dbase [Ratanavongsa Phetsarath | Laos | CPC]
  • The British Supreme Allied Commander in Cambodia, Lieutenant Colonel E. D. Murray arranged for a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Son Ngoc Thanh in the afternoon in Phnom Penh. It was an ambush. At Murray's headquarters, he and French General Philippe Leclerc oversaw the arrest of Thanh for being too nationalist for British and French comfort. Thanh was handled roughly and was not told why he was being detained during the process. Thanh's chauffeur, witnessing his employer being taken away by force, drove off and warned Thanh's colleagues who might also be on the British-French list of targets. Thanh and Leclerc would board a flight for Saigon, Cochinchina before the end of the day. ww2dbase [Philippe Leclerc | Phnom Penh, Cambodia | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Joseph Stilwell stepped down as the commanding officer of 10th Army in Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Okinawa | CPC]
  • The Yokosuka Naval Arsenal in Japan was abolished in name, but the facilities would continue to operate under the control of the US Navy. ww2dbase [Yokosuka Naval Arsenal | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • The Malayan Union officially came into existence. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Maria Smirnova retired from the Soviet Air Force. ww2dbase [Maria Smirnova | CPC]
  • Yevdokia Bershanskaya retired from the Soviet Air Force. ww2dbase [Yevdokia Bershanskaya | CPC]
  • USS St. Louis arrived at Kiirun, Formosa (now Keelung, Taiwan). ww2dbase [St. Louis | Kiirun | DS]
  • The Thai government arrested former Prime Minister Field Marshal Phibun Songkhram, former Foreign Minister Wichit Wichitwatankan, and others for war crimes. This was seen as a political move to appease the United States and the United Kingdom. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 15 Oct 1945
Battleship Colorado arriving at San Francisco, California, United States, 15 Oct 1945Route traveled by the Japanese fleet for Battle of Midway, plate 13-1 of Captain Yasuji WatanabeAction chart of Battle of Midway, plate 13-2 of Captain Yasuji WatanabeJapanese-American Shuichi Yamamoto shaking hands with camp director James Lindley as Granada Relocation Center in Amache, Colorado, United States closed down, 15 Oct 1945
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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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