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Today in World War II History—May 10, 1940 & 1945

A Dutch family in a devastated town after the German invasion, May 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

A Dutch family in a devastated town after the German invasion, May 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—May 10, 1940: Germany invades the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

German troops land at Belgian Fort Eben Emael in the first use of glider-borne troops in history.

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigns and is replaced by Winston Churchill.

German troops waiting to cross the River Maas in Maastricht, the Netherands, 10 May 1940 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1981-064-18A)

German troops waiting to cross the River Maas in Maastricht, the Netherands, 10 May 1940 (German Federal Archive: Bild 146-1981-064-18A)

75 Years Ago—May 10, 1945: German forces on the Channel Islands officially surrender.

US War Production Board lifts ban on producing 73 consumer items.