Diary for Sunday, May 19, 1940:
GAMELIN DISMISSED. WEYGAND MADE ALLIED C-IN-C. De Gaulle’s tanks make second counter-attack on Guderian‘s Corps, in Laon-Montcornet sector; some French tanks threaten Guderian’s HQ, and he summons assistance from 10th Panzer Division, but Ju 87 Stukas halt French advance before they arrive.
General Giraud, commander of French 9th Army, captured by German tank unit. Germans capture St Quentin.
Atlantic: U-boat U-37 sinks 9 merchant ships off northwest Spain (May 19-June 2).
Sweden: Home Defense Corps (Swedish Home Guard) to be formed. Petrol rationing introduced.