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Dunkirk Evaluation: A British Victory?
Transcript of Dunkirk Evaluation: A British Victory?
What was Dunkirk?
Can you trust this source?
‘For us Germans the word “Dunkirchen” will stand for all time for victory in the greatest battle of annihilation in history. But, for the British and French who were there, it will remind them for the rest of their lives of a defeat that was heavier than any army had ever suffered before.’
Der Adler, 5 June 1940
Using sources to find out whether Dunkirk was a British victory.
When examining sources and whether they are trustworthy or not, use the 5 W's:
What is the source showing?
Who has written/produced the source?
Why was it produced? (Intended audience)
When was the source produced?
Where was the source produced?
‘So long as the English tongue survives, the word Dunkirk will be spoken with reverence. In that harbour, such a hell on earth as never blazed before, at the end of a lost battle, the rags and blemishes that had hidden the soul of democracy fell away. There, beaten but unconquered, in shining splendor, she faced the enemy, this shining thing in the souls of free men, which Hitler cannot command. It is in the great tradition of democracy. It is a future. It is a victory.'
New York Times, 1 June 1940
Date and total of Troops evacuated
27 May 7,669
28 May 17,804
29 May 47,310
30 May 53,823
31 May 68,014
1 June 64,429
2 June 26,256
3 June 26,746
4 June 26,175
Using page 60, can
you create a definition of what
*Der Adler was a magazine produced by the German Air Force
Was the Dunkirk evacuation a British victory?
L5: Describe the evacuation of Dunkirk,
L6: Explain the Dunkirk evacuation using information from the sources to help you conclude whether you believe it to be a victory or not,
L7: Assess whether Dunkirk was a victory using the sources from today's lesson and explain how the perspective of the sources play a major role in determining whether Dunkirk can be considered a victory or not.
How do the public regard Dunkirk?
The miracle of Dunkirk