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17th May 1940

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Events On This Day

The British War office announced that BEF had withdrawn to positions west of Brussels.

Germans claim to have entered Brussels after capturing Louvain and Malines. Massive German attack developed in salient between the Sambre and Meuse, heavy tank divisions being engaged. Heavy fighting on front from Sedan to Rethel.

Intends air activity over the whole front. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) again raided western Germany during the night, oil depots at Bremen and Hamburg being systematically bombed.

Dutch islands of Walcheren and Beveland in Zeeland evacuated.

Belgium liner Ville de Bruges sunk by bombing.

Enemy minefield discovered off Cape Agulhas, most southerly point of South Africa.

Allied forces in Northern Norway now at Rombaks Fjord, 2 miles from Narvik Germans withdrawing eastward.

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