5 May 1940
  • Adolf Hitler pushed the decision date for the invasion of France to the following day. ww2dbase [Invasion of France and the Low Countries | CPC]
  • German aircraft attacked the surfaced HMS Seal, heavily damaged after hitting a mine on the previous day, at 0230 hours in the Kattegat. The British submarine surrendered with a white table cloth. The crew of 60 were captured at around 0530 hours after failing to scuttle the ship. The submarine would later be towed to Frederikshavn, Denmark, repaired, and commissioned into German service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • After a 25-day battle, the Norwegian fortress of Hegra surrendered at 0525 hours. The 190 men were the last Norwegian troops actively resisting German invasion in southern Norway. Civilian nurse Anne Margrethe Bang was also captured. They would all be released within the next two months by the order of Adolf Hitler in recognition of their bravery during the defense. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Norway established a government-in-exile in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [TH]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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