Diary April 14, 1945

destroyed village in Franconia

A village in Franconia (northern Bavaria) is destroyed in one of the final battles in the West.

Diary for Saturday, April 14, 1945:

Western Front

Holland: Arnheim captured by British forces. Germans offer fierce resistance and demolish bridge before retreating.
Bavaria: Patton captures Bayreuth.

Okinawa

Americans attack strong Japanese defences in hilly Motobu Peninsular (Northern Okinawa).

Sea War

Atlantic Operation Teardrop: 2 carrier TGs carry out urgent search for Seewolf U-boat group suspected of transport­ing V-2 rockets to be launched against New York.

Home Fronts

Germany: Himmler orders that no prisoners at Konzentrationslager Dachau ‘shall be allowed to fall into the hands of the enemy alive.’

Air War

Germany: 298 RAF bombers attacking Kiel and dropping 1,905 t. of bombs.
364 RAF bombers attacking Potsdam and dropping 1,751 t. of bombs.

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