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17th June 1940

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Marshal Pétain announced that fighting must cease and that through the Spanish government he had approached Adolf Hitler to conclude, an honourable peace.

Mussolini left Rome to meet Adolf Hitler and discuss these terms.

German high command did not agree to an armistice, and the battle continued on the whole front, particularly along Middle Loire. Violent fighting at Orleans, and in the region of La Charite. East of Loire German troops made progress beyond Autun. Germans entered Dijon. Further east they crossed the Doubs and claimed to have reached the Swiss frontier southeast of Besancon. Later, they claimed that the fortress at Metz had surrendered.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavily bombed military objectives especially oil supplies, over a wide area in the Rhineland, Ruhr and North West Germany. Further raids by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) on Massawa, Eritrea.

South African Airforce attacked Bardera and Neghelli.

Italians again raided Malta.

Russian forces occupied Latvia and Estonia, governments of both countries having resigned.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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