Today in World War II History—May 31, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—May 31, 1940: Gen. Bernard Montgomery, British commander Lord Gort, and Gen. Oliver Leese are evacuated from Dunkirk, along with 68,014 troops.
In Italy, civilians are banned from driving private cars, and a gasoline conservation plan is announced.
Britain has road signs removed and railway signs obscured to confuse potential invaders.
75 Years Ago—May 31, 1945: British negotiate cease fire in Syria between Syrian nationalists and the French.
US Marines & Army troops occupy Shuri town on Okinawa.