3 June – Today in German History

1923 

  • In Italy, Benito Mussolini granted women the right to vote.

1938 

  • The German Reich voted to confiscate degenerate art.

1940

  • On June 3, 1940, the German Luftwaffe bomb Paris, killing 254 people.
    Determined to wreck France’s economy and military, reduce its population, and in short, cripple its morale as well as its ability to rally support for other occupied nations, the Germans bombed the French capital without regard to the fact that most of the victims were civilians, including schoolchildren. The bombing succeeded in provoking just the right amount of terror; France’s minister of the interior could only keep government officials from fleeing Paris by threatening them with severe penalties.

  • The allied evacuation of Dunkirk ends with them leaving all their equipment on the beaches.  Allied historians will call this a miracle, but this operation succeded due to Hitler’s wants to not destroy the BEF and with hopes, Britain would understand this goodwill gesture and make peace.
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