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5 Jun 1940
  • Germany began the second phase of the invasion of France, Fall Rot. 130 infantry divisions and 10 armored divisions attacked cross the Somme and Aisne Rivers. 66 French divisions attempted to hold the Weygand Line. Across the English Channel, the Allies transported French troops recently evacuated from Dunkirk back into France via ports still under French control; additionally, the Canadian 1st Infantry Division, elements of British 1st Armored Division, and the British 51st Highland Division were also sent to France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • French General de Gaulle was appointed the Undersecretary of State for War by Prime Minister Reynaud. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Small groups of mobile armed men called Ironsides, after the Home Defense Commander, were formed in the United Kingdom to protect against enemy parachutists. ww2dbase [TH]
  • 4,900 Allied troops boarded transport ships at Narvik, Norway during the evacuation operation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-48 shelled and sank British armed merchant ship Stancor 80 miles northwest of Scotland at 1118 hours. The entire crew of 19 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
France
  • Werner Mölders was shot down by French pilot René Pomier-Layrargues near Compiègne, France; he bailed out to safety but was captured by the French. He would be released later upon the French armistice. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United Kingdom
  • In a BBC radio broadcast the noted author J. B. Priestley berated the British Establishment for its lack of planning and amateurish attitudes. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt ordered US Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Harold Stark to prepare a US Marine Corps brigade for future deployment to Iceland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Jun 1940
German military camera crew filming in Dunkirk, France shortly after the conquest, Jun 1940View of ruins of Calais, France from a broken shop window, 5 Jun 1940Sun Liren and wife, 5 Jun 1940Aircraft Mechanic Class 2A posing for their graduation photo in front of a B-18 Bolo bomber at Hickam Field, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 5 Jun 1940

5 Jun 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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