Events occurring on Friday, May 17, 1940  
  Fall Gelb - The German Invasion of Western Europe  
  Troops of the German 6th Army under command of Colonel General Walter von Reichenau entered Brussels.  
   
  The British and French forces in Belgium have fallen back to positions behind the Dendre River.  
   
  General Heinz Guderian, exploiting a loophole in his orders allowing reconnaissance in force, reached the Oise River south of Guise.  
   
  The French 4th Armored Division, under command of General Charles de Gaulle, attacked northward from around Laon but Luftwaffe attacks prevented them from achieving any progress.  
   
  Twelve RAF Blenheim bombers attacked advancing German columns near Gembloux, Belgium. Eleven of the planes were shot down.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced plans for the recommissioning of 35 more "flush deck" destroyers to meet the requirements of fleet expansion and the Neutrality Patrol.  
     
   
  May 1940 Calendar  
   
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