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  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 7, 1940

    World War II

    The Norway Debate

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 7, 1940

    The Norway Debate, sometimes called the Narvik Debate, was a momentous debate in the British House of Commons during the Second World War from 7 to 9 May 1940. It has been called the most far-reaching parliamentary debate of the twentieth century. At the end of the second day, the members held a vote of no confidence which was won by the government, but with a drastically reduced majority.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 7, 1940

    Winston Churchill

    Norway Debate

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 7, 1940

    After the Allies failed to prevent the German occupation of Norway, the Commons held an open debate from 7 to 9 May on the government's conduct of the war. This has come to be known as the Norway Debate and is renowned as one of the most significant events in parliamentary history.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday May 9, 1940

    Winston Churchill

    Churchill had won the doubters over and his successor as party leader was a formality

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Thursday May 9, 1940

    In May, Churchill was still generally unpopular with many Conservatives and probably most of the Labour Party. Chamberlain remained Conservative Party leader until October when ill health forced his resignation. By that time, Churchill had won the doubters over and his successor as party leader was a formality.




  • 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.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 10, 1940

    World War II

    Neville Chamberlain resignation

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 10, 1940

    On 10 May, Neville Chamberlain resigned as prime minister.




  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 10, 1940

    World War II

    Churchill in the office

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday May 10, 1940

    Winston Churchill appointed the prime minster of the United Kingdom.




  • 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.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday May 13, 1940

    Winston Churchill

    "blood, toil, tears and sweat" speech

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Monday May 13, 1940

    His first speech as Prime Minister delivered to the Commons on 13 May was the "blood, toil, tears and sweat" speech. It was little more than a short statement but, Jenkins says, "it included phrases which have reverberated down the decades". Churchill made it plain to the nation that a long, hard road lay ahead and that victory was the final goal: I would say to the House... that I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. You ask, what is our policy? I will say: it is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalog of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: it is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.


  • 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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