Diary for Thursday, April 19, 1945:
US 24th Corps, 10th Army, launches general assault on outer defenses of ‘Shuri Line’, in the south, after preparatory bombardment by 139 planes, 18 warships and 324 artillery pieces. Bombardment has little effect on elaborate underground defenses; 96th Division makes limited progress in the center.
Russians secure bridgehead across river Neisse and push towards Dresden.
US 1st Army captures Leipzig. US 7th Army troops break through medieval walls of Nuremberg and eliminate fanatical SS garrison.
Mediterranean: Carrier Aquila sunk by Italian human torpedoes at Genoa.