Events occurring on Saturday, May 18, 1940  
  Fall Gelb - The German Invasion of Western Europe  
  The German 18th Army under command of General Georg von Küchler, pierced the outer ring of fortresses of Antwerp, Belgium, in two places and quickly captured the city.  
   
  General Maurice Gamelin was removed from his post as commander of the French armed forces by French Premier Paul Reynaud.  
   
  The Netherlands in WW2  
  Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands visited all Dutch naval vessels in Portsmouth, England.  
   
  United States-Great Britain Relations  
  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in a telegram to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, told of British perseverance but suggested that "if American assistance is to play any part it must be available [soon]."  
     
   
  May 1940 Calendar  
   
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