June 1940

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The following events occurred in June 1940:

June 1, 1940 (Saturday)

Actions in Nordland

The Actions in Nordland were part of the Norwegian Campaign of World War II. They were a subsidiary part of the Allied attempt to recapture Narvik.

The French destroyer Foudroyant was one of 14 L'Adroit-class destroyers built for the French Navy during the 1920s.

Dunkirk Subprefecture and commune in Hauts-de-France, France

Dunkirk, is a commune in Nord, a French department in northern France. It is the most northern city of France, lying 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the Belgian border. It has the third-largest French harbour. The population of the commune at the 2016 census was 91,412.

June 2, 1940 (Sunday)

Adolf Hitler Leader of Germany from 1934 to 1945

Adolf Hitler was a German politician and leader of the Nazi Party. He rose to power as Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and later Führer in 1934. During his dictatorship from 1933 to 1945, he initiated World War II in Europe by invading Poland in September 1939. He was closely involved in military operations throughout the war and was central to the perpetration of the Holocaust.

Canadian National Vimy Memorial memorial located in Pas-de-Calais, in France

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a war memorial site in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. It also serves as the place of commemoration for Canadian soldiers of the First World War killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave. The monument is the centrepiece of a 100-hectare (250-acre) preserved battlefield park that encompasses a portion of the ground over which the Canadian Corps made their assault during the initial Battle of Vimy Ridge offensive of the Battle of Arras.

Anthony Eden former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Robert Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, was a British Conservative politician who served three periods as Foreign Secretary and then a relatively brief term as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1957.

June 3, 1940 (Monday)

Operation Paula

Unternehmen Paula is the German codename given for the Second World War Luftwaffe offensive operation to destroy the remaining units of the Armée de l'Air (ALA), or French Air Force during the Battle of France in 1940. On 10 May the German armed forces (Wehrmacht) began their invasion of Western Europe. By 3 June, the British Army had withdrawn from Dunkirk and the continent in Operation Dynamo, the Netherlands and Belgium had surrendered and most of the formations of the French Army were disbanded or destroyed. To complete the defeat of France, the Germans undertook a second phase operation, Fall Rot, to conquer the remaining regions. In order to do this, air supremacy was required. The Luftwaffe was ordered to destroy the French Air Forces, while still providing support to the German Army.

Narvik Municipality in Nordland, Norway

Narvik  (Norwegian) or Áhkanjárga (Northern Sami) is the third-largest municipality in Nordland county, Norway by population. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Narvik. Some of the notable villages in the municipality include Ankenesstranda, Beisfjord, Bjerkvik, Bjørnfjell, Elvegård, Skjomen, Håkvik, Hergot, Straumsnes, and Vidrek. The Elvegårdsmoen army camp is located near Bjerkvik.

20th Century Fox American film studio

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The studio is located on its namesake studio lot in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

June 4, 1940 (Tuesday)

Battle of Dunkirk important battle in the Second World War between the Allies and Germany

The Battle of Dunkirk was a military operation that took place in Dunkirk (Dunkerque), France, during the Second World War. The battle was fought between the Allies and Nazi Germany. As part of the Battle of France on the Western Front, the Battle of Dunkirk was the defence and evacuation to Britain of British and other Allied forces in Europe from 26 May to 4 June 1940.

Winston Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as a Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, for most of his career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but from 1904 to 1924 was instead a member of the Liberal Party.

We shall fight on the beaches common title given to a speech delivered by Winston Churchill

"We Shall Fight on the Beaches" is a common title given to a speech delivered by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June 1940. This was the second of three major speeches given around the period of the Battle of France; the others are the "Blood, toil, tears, and sweat" speech of 13 May and the "This was their finest hour" speech of 18 June. Events developed dramatically over the five-week period, and although broadly similar in themes, each speech addressed a different military and diplomatic context.

June 5, 1940 (Wednesday)

<i>Fall Rot</i>

During World War II, Fall Rot was the plan for the second phase of the conquest of France by the German Army and began on 5 June 1940. It had been made possible by the success of Fall Gelb, the invasion of the Benelux countries and northern France in the Battle of France and the encirclement of the Allied armies in the north on the Channel coast. Powerful forces were also to advance into France.

Somme (river) river in Picardy, France

The Somme is a river in Picardy, northern France. The name Somme comes from a Celtic word meaning "tranquility". The department Somme was named after this river.

Aisne (river) River in France

The Aisne is a river in northeastern France. It is a left tributary of the Oise. It gave its name to the French department of Aisne. It was known in the Roman period as Axona.

June 6, 1940 (Thursday)

Oisemont Commune in Hauts-de-France, France

Oisemont is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

9th Army (Wehrmacht) German field army during World War II

The 9th Army was a World War II field army. It was activated on 15 May 1940 with General Johannes Blaskowitz in command.

Ailette (river) river

The Ailette is a 59.5 km (37.0 mi) long river in the Aisne département, eastern France. Its source is at Sainte-Croix. It flows generally west-northwest. It is a left tributary of the Oise into which it flows between Manicamp and Quierzy, 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Compiègne.

June 7, 1940 (Friday)

June 8, 1940 (Saturday)

June 9, 1940 (Sunday)

June 10, 1940 (Monday)

June 11, 1940 (Tuesday)

June 12, 1940 (Wednesday)

June 13, 1940 (Thursday)

June 14, 1940 (Friday)

June 15, 1940 (Saturday)

June 16, 1940 (Sunday)

June 17, 1940 (Monday)

June 18, 1940 (Tuesday)

June 19, 1940 (Wednesday)

June 20, 1940 (Thursday)

Luftwaffe bombs fell on Dibden Parish Church in Hampshire. It was not fully restored until 1959


June 21, 1940 (Friday)

June 22, 1940 (Saturday)

June 23, 1940 (Sunday)

June 24, 1940 (Monday)

June 25, 1940 (Tuesday)

June 26, 1940 (Wednesday)

June 27, 1940 (Thursday)

June 28, 1940 (Friday)

June 29, 1940 (Saturday)

June 30, 1940 (Sunday)

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The following events occurred in August 1940:

The following events occurred in May 1941:

This is a timeline of events that stretched over the period of World War II.

Events from the year 1940 in France.

The Anglo-French Supreme War Council (SWC) was established to oversee joint military strategy at the start of the Second World War. Most of its deliberations took place during the period of the Phoney War, with its first meeting at Abbeville on 12 September 1939. The final three sessions were held in France during the German Blitzkrieg of May and June 1940.

The following events occurred in May 1940:

The following events occurred in July 1940:

The following events occurred in October 1940:


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