Today In History- May 13

Today In History- May 13


World War II: Germany's conquest of France begins as the German army crosses the Meuse River.

Germany Army crosses Meuse River in French Invasion.

  • Paris, France

Nazi conquering spread on May 13, 1940, with the crossing of the German Army across the Meuse River into France.  Despite the noble efforts of French resistance forces, Paris fell within a matter of months to Hitler, with a puppet government being set up with a French leader under the jurisdiction of the Nazi regime.  Many French citizens viewed this a step towards peaceful understanding, though grew weary over the next few years of strict Nazi occupation.  Only the 1944 Allied invasion at Normandy would dissolve the French occupation.

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