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Cease-fire on June 25 1940
On June 22 1940 the last combat effective French army still in the field was encircled and 500,000 men marched into captivity. The order to cease-fire came at 01:35 hours on June 25 1940. The battle for France was finally over for the men of the Waffen-SS. But some were left behind. In the campaign which had taken no less than seven weeks, three countries had been defeated by the German Armed Forces. The German concept of Blitzkrieg had been perfected in the western theatre of war. Image: Photographer: SS-Kriegsberichter Friedrich Zschäckel 1940. Commons: Bundesarchiv.