Needless death for fallen Reich and Fuehrer: Middle aged militia member lies dead next to a Panzerfaust in the streets of an unidentified German town, March In the closing days of the war, at least German military lost their lives in desperate fighting.
23 September 1944 - Battle of Leyte Gulf begins. Largest sea battle in history. The USS Princeton is hit and explodes. Of Princeton's crew, 108 men were killed, while survivors were rescued by nearby ships.