Thursday, June 10, 2010

On June 10

On this day in ...
... 1940 (70 years ago today), King Haakon VII and his Norwegian government announced that they had "found it necessary to remove their residence outside the country." The exile to England, which would last for the duration of World War II, signaled defeat at the hands of a 2-month-old "brutal invasion" by Nazi Germany. (credit for 1940 photo of Norwegian houses ablaze following German attack) In an editorial on this day, The New York Times wrote that Norway's new status as an "occupied territory" of Germany "sinks into insignificance beside the titanic struggle before the gates of Paris."

(Prior June 10 posts are here, here, and here.)

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