Diary May 31, 1940

French soldiers surrender

Diary for Friday, May 31, 1940: Western Front French 1st Army surrenders in Lille sector after 4-day siege. BEF withdraws from Belgian sector of Dunkirk pocket (night May 31-June 1). French recapture part of Abbeville. Sea War 68,000 troops evacuated… learn more

Diary May 30, 1940

port of Dunkirk

Diary for Thursday, May 30, 1940: Sea War 53,800 troops evacuated from Dunkirk. French destroyer Bourrasque sunk by artillery fire and mine damage; three British destroyers damaged by bombing. Three large transports sunk. learn more

Diary May 28, 1940

iron-ore railway at the Rombaks Fjord near Narvik

Diary for Tuesday, May 28, 1940: Norway NARVIK CAPTURED by French Foreign Legion and Norwegians. Sea War 17,800 troops evacuated from Dunkirk; destroyer Windsor damaged by bombs; small steamer sunk by German E-boat S-34. Western Front UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER OF BELGIAN… learn more

Diary May 27, 1940

Private Hubert Brinkfort, the first German soldier who rewards the Knight Cross

Diary for Monday, May 27, 1940: Western Front Guderian is permitted, by his superiors, to continue the advance from river Aa towards Dunkirk, employing motorized infantry (tanks to be held in reserve). Franco-British counter-attacks against German 38th Corps holding Abbeville… learn more

Diary May 27, 1945

Japanese submarine

Diary for Sunday, May 27, 1945: Sea War Pacific: Japanese submarine pack makes unsuccessful attacks on US convoys on Leyte-Okinawa and Guam­-Okinawa routes (May 27 – June 28). learn more

Diary May 26, 1940

Dunkirk Evacuation

Diary for Sunday, May 26, 1940: Sea War DUNKIRK EVACUATION (Operation Dynamo) begins. Zeebrugge harbour sabotaged by Royal Navy; 4 block ships sunk. Air War Spitfire MkIs destroy 6 Me 109 Es and six Ju 87s over Dunkirk. Stukas pound… learn more

Diary May 25, 1940

Map about the Campaign in the West 1940

Diary for Saturday, May 25, 1940: Western Front BEF despatch two divisions to block the gap between Menin and Ypres. Germans capture 5,000 British and French troops at Boulogne. British garrison repels assault on Calais Citadel and rejects surrender call.… learn more

Diary May 24, 1940

flame thrower, the feared close combat weapon

Diary for Thursday, May 24, 1940: Western Front German infantry storm old Citadel, Boulogne. Guderian seals off Calais pocket. HITLER AND RUNDSTEDT HALT PANZER CORPS at Gravelines, southwest of Dunkirk. French fortress of Maubeuge surrenders, after destruction of many reinforced… learn more

Diary May 23, 1940

Me109 is landing on a captured French airfield

Diary for Thursday, May 23, 1940: Western Front Germans cross river Scheldt at Oudenarde. BEF in Belgium put on half-rations following loss of supply depots. Sea War Six British destroyers evacuate 4,400 troops from Boulogne, under heavy fire. French destroyers… learn more

Diary May 21, 1940

Matilda II tanks of the BEF are burning

Diary for Tuesday, May 21, 1940: Western Front British and French armour counter-attack Rommel’s 7th Panzer division at Arras. After initial success attacks fail and end May 23. Germans besiege Maubeuge on river Sambre, west of Dinant. Anglo-French Army commanders,… learn more

Diary May 20, 1940

Panzers on the Channel

Diary for Monday, May 20, 1940: Western Front Guderian’s 1st and 2nd Panzer divisions race to the Channel Coast, despite gallant but ineffectual resistance by troops from British 12th and 23rd (Territorial) divisions. 1st Panzer division captures Amiens at midday… learn more

Diary May 19, 1940

captured French General Giraud

Diary for Sunday, May 19, 1940: Western Front GAMELIN DISMISSED. WEYGAND MADE ALLIED C-IN-C. De Gaulle’s tanks make second counter-attack on Guderian‘s Corps, in Laon-Montcornet sector; some French tanks threaten Guderian’s HQ and he summons assistance from 10th Panzer Division,… learn more

Diary May 16, 1940

By French air strike destroyed German Panzer 38(t)

Diary for Thursday, May 16, 1940: Western Front By nightfall Guderian‘s leading tanks are 60 miles west of Sedan. Anglo-French-Belgian armies commence withdrawal from Dyle Line to Scheldt Line, west of Brussels. Belgian Government moves to Ostend. Air War 26… learn more

Diary May 15, 1940

column of French Renault R-35 tank

Diary for Wednesday, May 15, 1940: Western Front Hoth’s tanks defeat French 1st Armoured Division west of Dinant; latter loses 125 of its 175 tanks. By nightfall, shattered French 9th Army is in full retreat west of Meuse and its… learn more

Diary May 14, 1940

destroyed old town of Rotterdam

Diary for Tuesday, May 14, 1940: Air War DESTRUCTION OF ROTTERDAM. In attempt to crush stubborn Dutch resistance – and bring tentative ceasefire negotiations to a speedy conclusion – 100 He 111s are despatched to bomb the city centre. Dutch… learn more

Diary May 13, 1940

German infantry is crossing a blown up bridge over river Meuse

Diary for Monday, May 13, 1940: Western Front BATTLE OF THE MEUSE: Panzer corps of Guderian, Hoth and Reinhardt, with strong air support, establish bridgeheads over river Meuse at Sedan, Montherme and Dinant, destroying French 9th Army and opening 50… learn more

Diary May 10, 1940

German paratroopers near Rotterdam

Diary for Friday, May 10, 1940: Western Front GERMANS INVADE HOLLAND, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBURG without warning (Operation Gelb = Yellow ) employing 77 divisions (including 10 Panzer and 2 airborne) and 3,500 aircraft. Three Panzer corps – Guderian’s XI, Reinhardt’s… learn more

Diray May 8, 1940

German paratroopers drop near Narvik

Diary for Wednesday, May 8, 1940: Home Fronts Britain: Norway Debate concluded. Severe criticism of Chamberlain by Lloyd George: ‘the Prime Minister….has appealed for sacrifice….he should sacrifice the Seals of Office ! ‘. Final Vote: Government 281, Opposition 200 (33… learn more

Diary May 7, 1940

tank rolls off the assembly line

Diary for Tuesday, May 7, 1940: Home Fronts Britain: NORWAY DEBATE begins in House of Commons. Chamberlain defends Conservative Governments strategy. He comes under fierce attack from Admiral Keyes and L. S. Amery (Conservatives): ‘In the name of God, go… learn more

Diary May 5, 1940

French Foreign Legionnaires at Narvik

Diary for Sunday, May 5, 1940: Norway French Foreign Legionnaires and Polish troops land at Harstad (near Narvik) and Tromso (north of Narvik). Secret War Kapitän Hermann Goertz, of the Abwehr, lands by parachute near Dublin. He subsequently establishes contact… learn more