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Fall of France
The Germans invaded the Low Countries and France in May 1940. Operation Fall Gelb (Case Yellow), commencing 10 May, saw German armoured units pushed through the Ardennes, cut off and surround the Allied units that had advanced into Belgium, and forced the British to evacuate the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and several French divisions from Dunkirk (27 May – 4 June). Operation Fall Rot (Case Red),commencing 5 June, German armour and aircraft overcome initially stiff French resistance. An undefended Paris fell on 14 June signalling the end of effective resistance. France and Germany signed an armistice on 22 June. The agreement acknowledged German occupation of the north and west. Italy got a small Italian occupation zone in the southeast. The remainder of France went to the Vichy government led by Marshal Pétain. France remained under Axis occupation until the liberation of the country after the Allied landings in 1944.