Today In History- June 12

Today In History- June 12

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13,000 British and French troops surrender to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux.

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French Troops surrender to Erwin Rommel in Battle of France.

  • Paris, France

After months of resistance to the Nazi invasion of France, on June 12, 1940, over 12000 French and British troops surrender to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in France.  The resistance had early successes, though could not match the power of the Nazi war machine.  The French had previously encircled the German Army in an attempt to force their surrender, though were defeated, and lost a great deal of their heavy weaponry in the process.  The formal surrender of France to Germany occurred on June 22, with France being divided into several occupation zones.

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