Find out what all happened March to October 1940

World War II: The Luftwaffe bombs Paris. (3. June 1940)

Vidkun Quisling seizes power in Norway. (9. April 1940)

World War II: Army order 112 forms the Intelligence Corps of the British Army. (19. July 1940)

World War II: Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom. (10. June 1940)

World War II: the United Kingdom and the Vichy France government break off diplomatic relations. (5. July 1940)

World War II: German fighters accidentally bomb the German city of Freiburg. (10. May 1940)

The "Aufbau Ost" directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel. (8. August 1940)

Winter War: Finland signs the Moscow Peace Treaty with the Soviet Union, ceding almost all of Finnish Karelia. Finnish troops and the remaining population are immediately evacuated. (12. March 1940)

John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath. (6. May 1940)

General Henri Guisan orders the Swiss Army to resist German invasion and makes surrender illegal. (25. July 1940)

World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (10. May 1940)

Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta. (2. July 1940)

World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France. At least 3,000 are killed; Britain's worst maritime disaster. (17. June 1940)

Members of Soviet politburo, including general secretary Joseph Stalin, sign an order for the execution of 25,700 Polish intelligentsia, including 14,700 Polish POWs, known also as the Katyn massacre. (5. March 1940)

The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League. (23. March 1940)

Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance. (19. September 1940)

World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 99 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops; two survive. (27. May 1940)

World War II: Axis Powers – Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom. (18. March 1940)

Sino-Japanese War: Japan declares Nanking capital of a new Chinese puppet government, nominally controlled by Wang Jingwei. (30. March 1940)

World War II: Battle of Dunkirk – In France, Allied forces begin a massive evacuation from Dunkirk, France. (26. May 1940)

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