The Evacuation from Dunkirk

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“The Evacuation from Dunkirk in World War 2 was a great Disaster for Britain” In this essay I will write about the evacuation from Dunkirk which took place in 1940 in World War 2. I will analyse eight sources to determine as to whether or not it was a great disaster for Britain. Dunkirk is located in the northern area of France; it lies ten kilometres from the Belgian border. The evacuation from Dunkirk took place as the Battle of Dunkirk was commencing. The British Prime Minister at the time was Winston Churchill. The Wehrmacht were the united armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945. It consisted of the Heer (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe (air force). The Dunkirk evacuation, commonly known as the miracle of Dunkirk, code-named “Operation Dynamo” by the British, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, France between 26th May 1940 and the early hours of 4th June 1940. They were evacuated on naval vessels, civilian boats and little ships. There were over a thousand civilian casualties and an estimated five hundred and fifty four were killed and a further seven hundred and ninety one lost their lives in the course of their duties before coming to an end. When Hitler came to power he was determined to make Germany a great power again and to dominate Europe. He had set out his ideas in a book called Mein Kampf (My Struggle) that he had written in prison in 1924. His main aims were to: destroy the Treaty of Versailles imposed on Germany after her defeat in World War One. Hitler felt the Treaty was unfair and most Germans supported this view. To unite all German speakers together in one country. After World War One there were Germans living in many countries in Europe e.g. Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland. Hitler hoped that by uniting them together in one country he
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