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25 Jun 1940
  • Destroyer USS O'Brien departed Buenos Aires, Argentina for Rio Grande du Sol, Brazil. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • An act by the United States Congress abolished the US Navy Construction Corps. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Franco-German Armistice, signed on 22 Jun, took effect at 0030 hours. After fighting ceased, French losses totaled 92,000 killed, 250,000 wounded, and 1,500,000 captured. British losses were 68,111 killed, wounded, or captured. German losses were 29,640 killed and 133,573 wounded and missing. Italian losses were 631 killed, 4,782 wounded, and 616 missing. France declared a National day of mourning, while Hitler ordered the flying of flags and pealing of bells in Germany to celebrate "the most glorious victory of all time". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-51 attacked Allied convoy OA-172 about 370 miles west of Land's End in southwestern England between 1545 and 1930 hours, sinking British steamer Windsorwood (all 40 survived) and British tanker Saranac (4 killed, 39 survived). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Canadian destroyers HMCS Fraser and HMCS Restigouche and British cruiser HMS Calcutta were sent to evacuate 4,000 Allied troops near Bordeaux, France. En route, in rough seas and poor visibility, HMCS Fraser collided with HMS Calcutta. The smaller Canadian destroyer broke into three pieces and sank. 47 of Fraser's crew and 19 of Calcutta's crew were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British Minister of Health Malcolm MacDonald returned to Dublin, Ireland with a proposal from Winston Churchill for a joint union between Eire and Ulster to afford sanctruary for British troops and Irish ports for Royal Navy use. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Franco-German armistice became effective, officially ending all hostilities. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lord Gort departed Britain by flying boat for Rabat, French Morocco to speak with French ministers; political situations would prevent him from successfully meeting with the French. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Isolationist advertising appeared in the American newspaper New York Times; Germany secretly funded this advertising. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Working together with the Germans, Spain agreed to assist with the German attempt to detain the Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Pierre François Boisson was named the Governor-General of French West Africa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • After the Germans made the French surrender at Compiègne, France, the site of the German surrender in 1918, Adolf Hitler ordered the site destroyed, including the rail car used for both 1918 and 1940 surrenders. The statue of Marshal Ferdinand Foch was spared. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • Wolfgang Falck arrived at Düsseldorf, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • British steam merchant Port Hobart landed the survivors of Norwegian steam merchant ship Randsfjord, torpedoed by German submarine U-30 three days prior, at Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Three of the survivors were admitted to hospital. ww2dbase [HM]
Photo(s) dated 25 Jun 1940
Map detailing the German and Italian advances in France, 13-25 Jun 1940Damaged dock facilities and sunken tug boat at Brest, France, Jun 1940

25 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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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935