Germans enter Paris http://www.guardiancentury.co.uk/1940-1949/Story/0,6051,128218,00.html Saturday June 15, 1940 Paris fell to the Germans yesterday. The only authorities left in the capital were Cardinal Suhad, the Archbishop, officials of the essential services, and the Prefecture, Mobile Guards, and firemen. All bridges had been left intact, but the French are reported to have blown up the big armaments factories in the suburbs. The main German forces entered the city at noon yesterday. They came from the north-west and by the Aubervilliers Gate from the north-east. From the north-western suburbs they marched through the west end down the Champs Elysées - tanks, armoured reconnaissance cars, anti-tank units, and motorised infantry. Machine-gun posts were set up at important points, and the wireless stations were seized. . From the Fuhrer's headquarters came a special announcement announcing the "complete collapse" of the allied line from the sea to the Maginot Line and the German entry into Paris. From the Fuhrer's headquarters also came an order that flags should be flown throughout Germany for the next three days, and that yesterday church bells should ring for 15 minutes. This order was read over the German wireless. Three minutes'; silence followed, and then came the playing of "The March Into Paris," "specially composed for this occasion."