Calendar and Summary for June 1940  
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  Summary of Significant Events for June 1940  
  The last ship of Operation Dynamo left the beaches of Dunkirk at 3:40 a.m. on June 4th. 40,000 men remained behind to be captured by the Germans but 338,226 soldiers had been evacuated.  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill appealed to the U.S. government for war materials, after the British disaster in northern France.  Churchill made his "We shall fight on the beaches ... we shall never surrender." speech to Parliament.  The French line along the Somme between Amiens and the coast was broken by the attacks of 15th Panzer Corps.  The heavy cruiser HMS Devonshire (39) transported King Haakon VII and members of the Norwegian Government from Tromso to Britain.  The German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau found and sank the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious and her escorting destroyers.  The Soviet and Japanese governments signed an agreement which ended the dispute regarding the borders of Manchukuo.  The Italian government ended its neutrality and declared war on France and Great Britain.  Spain sent a 3,000-man force to occupy the international zone at Tangier, Morocco.  Coastal evacuations of British and Canadian troops from Cherbourg began.  The Soviet Union occupied Lithuania.  French Prime Minister Reynaud l resigned and was replaced by Marshal Philippe Pétain.  Estonia and Latvia submitted to Soviet demands and were occupied.  Churchill made a radio broadcast saying that the Battle of France was over and that the Battle of Britain was about to begin.  General Charles de Gaulle became the leader of "Free France."  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt strengthened his Cabinet by appointing in two prominent Republicans. Henry Stimson became Secretary for War and William “Frank” Knox became the Secretary for the Navy.  France formally surrendered to Germany.  In his first and only visit to Paris, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler toured the occupied French capitol.  France and Italy signed an armistice.  The Romanian government agreed to submit to the Soviet Union’s territorial demands.  German forces seized control of the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey.  63 ships (335,530 tons) were sunk and 4 ships (28,110 tons) were damaged by U-boats during June 1940.  
  Events occurring in June 1940 with no specific dates  

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