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  • France
    Friday May 10, 1940

    Adolf Hitler

    Germany attacked France

    France
    Friday May 10, 1940

    In May 1940, Germany attacked France. and conquered Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium.




  • France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg
    Friday May 10, 1940

    World War II

    Fall of France

    France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg
    Friday May 10, 1940

    Germany launched an offensive against France. To circumvent the strong Maginot Line fortifications on the Franco-German border, Germany directed its attack at the neutral nations of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.




  • France
    Sunday May 12, 1940

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle activated his new division

    France
    Sunday May 12, 1940

    De Gaulle activated his new division on 12 May. which gave him command of the 4th Armoured Division.




  • France
    Wednesday May 15, 1940

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle was given command of the 4th Armoured Division

    France
    Wednesday May 15, 1940

    In late-March de Gaulle was told by Reynaud that he would be given command of the 4th Armoured Division, due to form by 15 May.




  • France
    Wednesday May 15, 1940

    Charles de Gaulle

    The Germans broke through at Sedan

    France
    Wednesday May 15, 1940

    The Germans broke through at Sedan on 15 May 1940.




  • France
    Saturday May 18, 1940

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle was reinforced by two fresh regiments

    France
    Saturday May 18, 1940

    On 18 May he was reinforced by two fresh regiments of armored cavalry, bringing his strength up to 150 vehicles.




  • Montcornet, France
    Sunday May 19, 1940

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle attacked again and his forces were once again devastated

    Montcornet, France
    Sunday May 19, 1940

    Charles attacked again on 19 May and his forces were once again devastated by German Stukas and artillery. He ignored orders from General Georges to withdraw, and in the early afternoon demanded two more divisions from Touchon, who refused his request.


  • Montcornet, France
    Monday May 20, 1940

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle delayed his retreat

    Montcornet, France
    Monday May 20, 1940

    Charles delayed his retreat until 20 May.


  • Montcornet, France
    Tuesday May 21, 1940

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle gave a talk on French radio

    Montcornet, France
    Tuesday May 21, 1940

    On 21 May, at the request of propaganda officers, he gave a talk on French radio about his recent attack.


  • France
    Thursday May 23, 1940

    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle was promoted to the rank of temporary

    France
    Thursday May 23, 1940

    In recognition of his efforts de Gaulle was promoted to the rank of temporary (acting, in Anglophone parlance) brigadier-general on 23 May 1940.


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