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Today in World War II History—June 4, 1940 & 1945

German military camera crew filming in Dunkirk, France shortly after the conquest, Jun 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

German military camera crew filming in Dunkirk, France shortly after the conquest, Jun 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—June 4, 1940: Germans take Dunkirk and 40,000 French POWs, but 300,000 British & French troops have been successfully evacuated.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives famous speech: “We shall fight on the beaches…We shall never surrender.”

Poster for US Civilian Defense, WWII

Poster for US Civilian Defense, WWII

75 Years Ago—June 4, 1945: US Marines land behind Japanese lines on Oroku Peninsula on Okinawa.

US Office of Civilian Defense is inactivated.