CHURCHILL, ROOSEVELT, STALIN - THE BIG THREE AT YALTA
World War II Timeline - Year 1945
January 16, 1945
Battle of the Bulge,
also called the
Battle of the Ardennes ends. This
battle had started on December 16, 1944.
January 17, 1945
Warsaw is liberated.
February 4-11, 1945
Churchill, Roosevelt, and
Stalin meet at the
in the Crimea.
February 19, 1945
Battle for Iwo Jima starts.
This battle will end on March 26, 1945. Marine Col. Dave Severance
commands the company that will take Mount Suribachi.
Here is the map
1945, February 19: The
Battle for Iwo Jima, February 19 - March 26,
Allied Invasions of Iwo Jima and
Okinawa (Operation Iceberg) 1945.
February 23, 1945
Joe Rosenthal takes a picture,
worth a Pulitzer.
February 23, 1945 -
Second Flag Raising on Iwo Jima
Joe Rosenthal for Associated
Iwo Jima - Mount Suribachi
You can see the original two flags
today at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Triangle,
Virginia. The museum tells you:
The Mount Suribachi Flags
Perhaps the most important artifacts in the
care of the National Museum of the Marine
Corps are the pair of original American
flags raised by the Marines on Mount
Suribachi on 23 February 1945. The attack
transport Missoula donated the smaller flag,
raised by the Schrier Patrol on the summit.
Landing Ship Tank (LST) 779, then unloading
at Green Beach, donated the larger flag,
raised later in the day and portrayed in the
famed Joe Rosenthalís photograph. Frayed by
strong winds, the second flag flew from
Suribachi for the balance of the battle for
To reduce exposure to harmful light, the two
flags be displayed on a rotating basis. At
all times, one of the two Mount Suribachi
Flags will be on display at the National
Museum of the Marine Corps.
And here is more on the
Stars and Stripes
March 26, 1945
Battle for Iwo Jima ends. This
battle had started on February 19, 1945.
About 6,800 U.S. troops died on Iwo Jima's
eight square miles. Japanese losses were
estimated at more than 20,000.
veteran who provided iconic flag at Iwo
Jima, dies at 90
Washington Post, April 29, 2013
April 16, 1945
Battle for Berlin begins. Major carnage.
This battle will end on May 2, 1945.
March 10, 1945
Easter morning, T/5 William E.
Thomas and Pfc. Joseph Jackson will roll specially prepared eggs on
HAPPY EASTER ADOLPH
May 2, 1945
Battle for Berlin ends. This
battle had started on April 16, 1945.
Victory in Europe Day (VE-Day). Germany surrenders
July 17, 1945
Potsdam Conference commences. It will be concluded on
August 2, 1945.
August 2, 1945
Potsdam Conference ends. It had begun on July 17, 1945.
US drops atomic bombs on Japan at Hiroshima.
The U.S.S.R. declares war
The US drops atomic bombs on
Japan at Nagasaki.
September 2, 1945
Victory over Japan Day (VJ-Day). Japan surrenders.