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Today in World War II History—May 23, 1940 & 1945

British arrest German leaders Adm. Karl Dönitz, Gen. Alfred Jodl, and Reich minister Albert Speer, 23 May 1945 (German Federal Archive, Bild 146-1985-079-3)

British arrest German leaders Adm. Karl Dönitz, Gen. Alfred Jodl, and Reich minister Albert Speer, 23 May 1945 (German Federal Archive, Bild 146-1985-079-3)

80 Years Ago—May 23, 1940: British troops begin evacuation from port of Boulogne, France by sea.

Britain arrests British fascists, including 747 members of the British Union and its leader Sir Oswald Mosley.

75 Years Ago—May 23, 1945: German government under Adm. Karl Dönitz is dissolved, members of government and general staff are interned on liner Patria in Flensburg harbor.

German Minister of the Interior Heinrich Himmler commits suicide.

Australians secure Wewak area of New Guinea; Japanese retreat into the mountains.

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