France 1940

Churchill visits Home Guard, holds machine gun, ILN 1940/08/10
Nazi soldier (sargeant-major) drawing, ILN 1940/05/04
German heavy medium tank with 75mm gun, ILN 1940/06/01
British prisoners at Dunkerque, France, June 1940, Patch/NA (242-EB-7-35)

Apr. 9 - another 10-week blitzkrieg followed the sitzkrieg

Apr. 12 - FDR hesitant to pledge American defense of Greenland, but did establish a consulate in capital city of Godthaab. U.S. Army had only 5 active divisions of 80,000 men to face Germany's 140 divisions of 2 million men.

May 10 - western front attack began

May 13 - Ardennnes break-through into France

May 15 - Former Naval Person sent 1st telegram to FDR

May 16 - FDR speech to Congress asked for new defense spending, enlarged Army, 50,000 planes - speech was applauded by Congress and public opinion favored defense program

May 19 - Lindberg radio speech

June 4 - Dunkirk fell after 338,000 evacuated

June 20 - FDR appointed former Republicans to counter isolationists

June 13 - FDR signed $1.3B defense bill

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Petain (left) surrenders France
and heads Vichy government
[from ILN 1940/06/29]

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De Gaulle (right) walks in London
after his June 23 radio speech
proclaiming a Free French government in exile
[from ILN 1940/06/29]

June 22 - Fall of France


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