Today in World War II History—July 5, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—July 5, 1940: Vichy France breaks relations with the United Kingdom.
In occupied France, Germans ban signs of national identity: the Tricolor flag, the “Marseillaise,” and berets.
Due to Japanese pressure on French Indochina, US President Franklin Roosevelt bans export to Japan of strategic minerals and chemicals, aircraft engines and parts, and machine tools.
75 Years Ago—July 5, 1945: Gen. Douglas MacArthur proclaims the end of the campaign in the Philippines.
Australian Prime Minister John Curtin dies at age 60 of heart disease.
British parliamentary elections held, won by the Labour Party.
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