Dunkirk

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Mind Map on Dunkirk, created by melzpeters00 on 05/30/2014.

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Dunkirk
1 Poland were defeated in 1 month. (Blitzkrieg)
2 Germany took Paris early may 1940.
3 Britain sent 300,000 men who were forced to retreat to the beaches at Dunkirk.
4 26th May - 4th June 1940.
5 How Britain wanted to portray the battle:
5.1 That the British were doing well and it was ongoing.
5.2 Well organised, no chaos - implying the government were instructing them well.
5.3 Boats were being sunk from the air - shows heroism.
5.4 The danger (smoke and explosions) were far away, and the soldiers weren't being harmed - for morale.
5.5 People from home were bringing their boats (rowing boats...) to help bring the army home.
6 FACTS
6.1 338,000 British and French troops evacuated from Dunkirk. The original target was 50,000.
6.2 860 naval + privately owned vessels (ships) carried troops to Dover + South Coast.
6.3 RAF provided air cover against Goering's Luftwaffe - saving BEF lives.
6.4 Luftwaffe + artillery bombardment troops: heroically evacuated and a morale booster for the British.
7 DISASTER?
7.1 68,000 BEF casulties
7.2 1,200 field guns, 1,250 anti-aircraft guns, 11,000 machine guns and 75,000 vehicles abandoned (inc. 475 tanks) were taken from the British.
7.3 Germans fully expected Britain to make peace.
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