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Today in World War II History—May 21, 1940 & 1945

Map noting German advances in France and the Low Countries between 16 and 21 May 1940 (US Military Academy)

Map noting German advances in France and the Low Countries between 16 and 21 May 1940 (US Military Academy)

75 Years Ago—May 21, 1940: French Ninth Army surrenders, along with General Henri Giraud, who will escape in 1942 and lead Free French forces in North Africa. Sir Oswald Mosley, head of the British Union of Fascists, is imprisoned.

70 Years Ago—May 21, 1945: Heinrich Himmler arrested by British in Bremervörde, Germany, disguised as a businessman. Humphrey Bogart marries Lauren Bacall.