Tuesday, June 22, 2010

On June 22

On this day in ...
... 1940 (70 years ago today), in a wagon on a railway track in the Forest of Compiègne, northeastern France, Nazi Germany and France signed an armistice, thus making way for establishment of the Vichy regime that would govern until the Allied liberation of France in 1945. Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel signed on behalf of Germany. Keitel, shown at right the day before the signing (photo credit), would sign the pact of Nazi surrender in Berlin in 1945, and be convicted by the International Military Tribunal and hanged at Nuremberg in 1946.

(Prior June 22 posts are here, here, and here.)

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