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27 May 1940
  • The British sugar ration was reduced from 12 ounce to 8 ounce per person. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The British government abandoned the notion to introduce conscription to Northern Ireland. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German tanks and aircraft maintained pressure on the Allies in France, pushing them back four miles toward the coast and placing Dunkirk within artillery range; meanwhile, the first 7,669 British troops were evacuated from Dunkirk. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Troops of the German 3rd SS Panzer Totenkopf Division, commanded by Hauptsturmführer Fritz Knöchlein, massacred 97 British prisoners of war by machine gun fire at the village of Le Paradis in France. Two survivors of the massacre would later provide testimony during the post-war war crimes trials against Knöchlein. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-37 sank British ship Sheaf Mead 150 miles west of Cape Finisterre, Spain; 32 men were killed and 5 were rescued. U-37 also forced the Argentinian ship Uruguay to scuttle; 15 men became missing and presumed dead, and 13 were rescued. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Erwin Rommel was awarded the Knight Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Werner Mölders claimed his 19th and 20th victories southwest of Amiens, France; the victims were both P-36 fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British General Edmund Ironside stepped down from the position of the Chief of the Imperial General Staff. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • James Lacey shot down two German He 111 bombers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Belgium
  • King Leopold III of Belgium offered surrender terms to Germany and decided to remain in the country. Germany responded at 2200 hours, demanding an unconditional surrender. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
China
  • Japanese bombers attacked Chongqing, China in three waves. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • In Germany, Adolf Hitler agreed to allow a limited use the tanks within thirteen miles of Dunkerque, France, but remains adamant that Dunkerque was to remain the Luftwaffe's job. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
Norway
  • German Luftwaffe aircraft attacked Bodø, Norway, rendering 3,500 of the town's 6,000 residents homeless. 2 British servicemen and 13 Norwegian civilians were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of light cruiser Juneau was laid down by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Kearny, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 May 1940
Posted notices in Calais, France just before German occupation, 27 May 1940Dead British soldiers in Calais, France, at 1330 hours on 27 May 1940; note Bedford MW truckDestroyed British Cruiser Mk IV tank near Huppy and Saint-Maxent, France, on or shortly after 27 May 1940

27 May 1940 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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