Diary for Thursday, April 12, 1945:
USA – DEATH OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT at Warm Springs, Georgia; aged 63. Vice-President Truman takes the oath of office. Goebbels comments ‘This is the turning point’.
US 9th Army crosses river Elbe, southeast of Magdeburg. 3rd US Army takes Weimar.
Japanese counter-attack near Kakazu Ridge.
Spain breaks off diplomatic relations with Japan.
Pacific: US destroyer Mannert L. Abele destroyed by Baka rocket-propelled piloted missile, near Okinawa.