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Today in World War II History—June 25, 1940 & 1945

Map showing the German and Italian advances in France, 13-25 Jun 1940 (US Military Academy)

Map showing the German and Italian advances in France, 13-25 Jun 1940 (US Military Academy)

80 Years Ago—June 25, 1940: French-German armistice effective at 0030.

Cease fire effective in Italo-French conflict.

Hitler orders Compiègne surrender site destroyed, including the railroad car used for both the 1918 and the 1940 armistice ceremonies.

Isolationist advertising appears in New York Times, secretly funded by Germany.

75 Years Ago—June 25, 1945: Austria divided into four Allied occupation zones.

British Second Army (northern Europe) is stood down.

Premiere of war film Back to Bataan, starring John Wayne and Anthony Quinn.

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