On This Day

What Happened in April 1945 (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • Apr 29 Japanese army evacuates Rangoon, British Burma
  • Apr 29 German armies in Italy sign an unconditional surrender to the Western Allies to be carried out on 2 May
  • Apr 29 US Army liberates 31,601 people from the Dachau Nazi concentration camp in Germany
  • Apr 29 Venice and Mestre captured by the Allies
  • Apr 29 Conscientious objector Desmond Doss saves approximately 75 wounded soldiers in the Battle of Okinawa at Hacksaw Ridge. Later depicted in the Oscar-winning film "Hacksaw Ridge".

Radio Premiere

Apr 30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio

  • Apr 30 Concentration camp Munchen-Allag freed

Historic Event

Apr 30 Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) calls for crusade against the Bolsheviks

  • Apr 30 Red Army occupies Demmin
  • Apr 30 Soviet Army frees Ravensbruck concentration camp
  • Apr 30 US troops attack the Elbe
  • Apr 30 Record 48 U-boats sunk by the Allies this month

Historic Event

Apr 30 Adolf Hitler commits suicide along with his new wife Eva Braun in the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin as the Red Army captures the city