Events occurring on Sunday, February 4, 1945  
  Strategic Conferences  
  The Yalta Conference (codenamed "Argonaut") began. Over the next eight days, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Marshall Josef Stalin and their staffs would discuss military strategy, the inclusion of the U.S.S.R. in the war against Japan, and the principles of the postwar European order.  
   
  Combat in Western Europe After D-Day  
  Units from the U.S. 35th Infantry Division under the Ninth Army’s XVI Corps started to take over the British 52nd Infantry Division’s zone.  
   
  The Liberation of the Philippine Islands  
  The Japanese holding hostages at Santo Tomas University negotiated with the Americans to allow them to rejoin Japanese troops to the south of the city.  The Americans allowed this to save the hostages, allowing the Japanese to only carry their rifles, pistols and swords. On the morning of February 5, 1944 47 Japanese were escorted out of the university to the spot they requested. Each group saluted each other and departed.  The Japanese were unaware the area they requested was near the American occupied Malacanang, and soon afterwards were fired upon and several killed including Hayashi. Later in the afternoon, some of the same group returned to Santo Thomas were captured as prisoners.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The U-1014, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Wolfgang Glaser, was sunk in the North Channel east of Malin Head by depth charges from the frigates HMS Loch Scavaig (K 648), HMS Nyasaland (K 587), HMS Papua (K 588), and HMS Loch Shin (K 421). Of the 48 man crew, all hands were lost.  
   
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  The submarine USS Barbel (SS-316) , commanded by Lt. Commander Conde L. Raguet, was caught, on the surface by Japanese aircraft, probably from 761st Naval Air Flotilla based on Labuan and sunk by 2 depth charges southwest of Palawan island and west of Balabac Strait. Of the 81 man crew, all hands were lost.  
   
  The submarine USS Spadefish (SS 411), commanded by Commander Gordon.W. Underwood, torpedoed and sank the 4,273 ton Japanese merchant cargo ship Tairai Maru in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea.  
   
  The submarine USS Pargo (SS 264), commanded by Lt. Commander David B. Bell, bombarded Woody Island east of Tourane, French Indochina, and destroyed a Japanese weather station and radio equipment, an administration building, a jetty, and several fishing boats.  
     
   
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