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Today in World War II History—June 5, 1940 & 1945

Allied Control Council: Bernard Montgomery, Dwight Eisenhower, Georgi Zhukov, and Jean de Lattre de Tassigny in Berlin, Germany, 5 Jun 1945 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-14059-0018)

Allied Control Council: Bernard Montgomery, Dwight Eisenhower, Georgi Zhukov, and Jean de Lattre de Tassigny in Berlin, Germany, 5 Jun 1945 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-14059-0018)

80 Years Ago—June 5, 1940: Battle of France begins: Germans launch offensive south in France.

Britain announces new emergency measures: strikes banned, holidays discouraged, and miners and farmers are not to leave jobs without government permission.

Battleship USS Indiana in a typhoon near Okinawa, 5 Jun 1945 (US National Archives: 80-G-342732)

Battleship USS Indiana in a typhoon near Okinawa, 5 Jun 1945 (US National Archives: 80-G-342732)

75 Years Ago—June 5, 1945: Allied Control Council meets, agreeing on the partition of Germany and Berlin into four occupation zones (British, American, French, Soviet).

Huge typhoon hits US Third Fleet off Okinawa, damaging 35 ships.

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