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  1. May 7, 1945 General Jodl and Admiral Friedeburg sign the unconditional German surrender at General Eisenhower's HQ.
  2. April 30, 1945 Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide in Hitler's bunker at 1530 hours. Their bodies are carried outside and cremated with gasoline.
  3. March 7, 1945 The 9th Armored Division discovers the Ludendorff Bridge across the Rhine at Remagen is still standing. 6 Allied divisions will cross before the weakened bridge finally collapse 10 days later.
  4. December 26, 1944 The spearhead of Gen. Patton's 4th Armored Division breaks through and opens a corridor to Bastogne.
  5. December 22, 1944 General McAuliffe, commanding the 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne, replies to the German demand that they surrender with one word - "Nuts".
  6. December 17, 1944 The US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions are sent to reinforce the Allied troops in the Ardennes.
  7. December 16, 1944 The Germans launch a major offensive in the Ardennes - the Battle of the Bulge begins.
  8. October 26, 1944 The Battle of Leyte Gulf rages, generally considered to be the largest naval battle of WWII and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history. It was fought in the waters near the Philippine islands of Leyte, Samar and Luzon from 23-26 October 1944 between combined American and Australian forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted of four separate engagements between the opposing forces: the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, the Battle of Surigao Strait, the Battle of Cape Engano and the Battle off Samar. It was the first battle in wh
  9. October 20, 1944 There are US landings on the east coast of Leyte in the Philippines. MacArthur lands a few hours later.
  10. September 17, 1944 US airborne troops drop into Holland in Operation Market Garden.
  11. September 15, 1944 After a three day bombardment, US Marines land on Peleiu. The fighting soon becomes fierce.
  12. August 7, 1944 The Germans begin a major counterattack just east of Mortain.
  13. July 9, 1944 British and Canadian troops enter Caen. The final organized Japanese resistance on Saipan is overcome.
  14. June 19-20, 1944 US Navy TF 58 tangles with the Japanese Navy in what becomes the largest carrier to carrier battle in history - The Battle of the Philippine Sea. American aviators nickname the battle "The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot".
  15. June 15, 1944 US Marines from the 2nd and 4th Divisions land on Saipan.
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