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Today in World War II History—May 26, 1940 & 1945

British troops in a ship evacuating from Dunkirk, France, late May 1940 (US Government photo)

British troops in a ship evacuating from Dunkirk, France, late May 1940 (US Government photo)

80 Years Ago—May 26, 1940: Operation Dynamo, the evacuation at Dunkirk begins, 300,000 British and French troops will be evacuated from French beaches by everything from destroyers to civilian fishing boats, through June 4.

In Britain, Empire Day is declared a national day of prayer.

British Gen. Sir John Dill is named Chief of Imperial General Staff.

75 Years Ago—May 26, 1945: Chinese nationalists capture Nanning, cutting off Japanese forces in Indochina.