Italy: Eruptions from Mt Vesuvius; 2 villages engulfed by lava; 26 killed (March 18-22).
Hungary: Regent Horthy visits Hitler to request repatriation of Hungarian forces from Eastern Front but the Fuehrer declares his intention to occupy Hungary.
Germany: In heaviest raid of war to date, 769 RAF bombers drop 3,000 t. bombs on Frankfurt (night 18-19).
Italy: NZs repulsed with heavy losses at Cassino.
Indian Ocean: 72 Allied prisoners (from MV Behar) beheaded aboard Japanese cruiser Tone.
Pacific: US battleships bombard Mili Atoll; Battleship Iowa damaged by coastal battery.