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The Japanese defence of Okinawa ends with the collapse of defence lines near Mabuni in southern tip of the island. The commander, Mitsuru Ushijima, and chief of staff, Isamu Cho of the IJN 32nd army, commit suicide.
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Australians troops land and create a small perimeter. Failure to bring heavy weapons and support elements ashore after a number of landing craft ran aground. Japanese responded quickly, surrounded the beachhead and forced the Australians to withdraw.
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|1945-05-29||Shuri Castle Falls|
Three days of bombardment by the USS Mississippi force troops from the Japanese 32nd army to withdraw as troops from 1st Battalion, 5th Marines capture Shuri Castle.
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Troops from the US 78th Infantry Division capture Wuppertal, encountering scant resistance.
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|1945-05-14||1945-05-15||Last Battle - Poljana|
The last battle of the war is fought between a mixed detachment of 30,000 Axis troops and Yugoslav partisan forces. The Axis column was attempting to retreat into British controlled Austria.
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|1945-05-09||1945-05-16||Channel Islands Liberated|
The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey are liberated. The German garrison on Alderney did not surrender until the 16th, one of the last Nazi outposts to capitulate.
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Czech resistance troops fight to liberate Prague from German occupying troops at the end of the war. The clash ended in a ceasefire a day before red army troops arrive.
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The last major offensive on the Eastern front. Fought after the fall of Berlin and VE day. Soviet troops liberate Prague and capture or kill the remaining German troops in Army Group Center.
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|1945-05-03||Lubeck Bay Ships|
Unaware of the true nature of their targets, RAF Typhoons of 83 Group of the 2nd Tactical Air Force attack three prison ships in Lubeck Bay, Deutschland, Thielbek, and Cap Arcona. Thousands of prisoners are killed.
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|1945-05-03||British in Hamburg|
British troops capture Hamburg. The city is not defended.
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