3 June 1940

World War II: The Luftwaffe bombs Paris.

The Luftwaffe, the German air force, conducted a series of bombing raids on Paris in 1940 during World War II. The bombings were part of the larger German invasion of France, known as the Battle of France, which took place from May to June 1940.

In the early morning of June 3, 1940, the Luftwaffe launched a massive bombing campaign against Paris. The attack was intended to demoralize the French population, disrupt communication and transportation networks, and weaken the French defenses. The bombings targeted various strategic locations, including military installations, industrial areas, transportation hubs, and residential neighborhoods.

The Luftwaffe employed different types of aircraft for the bombings, such as dive bombers, fighter-bombers, and medium bombers. They dropped both high-explosive bombs and incendiary bombs. The bombing raids caused significant damage to buildings, roads, and infrastructure in the city, resulting in civilian casualties and widespread destruction.

Despite the destruction inflicted by the Luftwaffe, the bombings did not have a decisive impact on the outcome of the Battle of France. The rapid German advance and the collapse of French defenses on other fronts ultimately led to the fall of France. On June 14, 1940, German forces entered Paris, and France officially surrendered on June 22, 1940.

The bombings of Paris in 1940 left a lasting impact on the city and its people. The destruction and loss of life were significant, and the scars of the bombings could be seen throughout the city for years to come. However, Paris eventually recovered and rebuilt in the post-war years, restoring its iconic landmarks and cultural heritage.