Kōrero: Second World War

Evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force, 1940

These headlines from the Evening Post on 1 June 1940 attempt to paint a positive picture of the evacuation of British forces from Dunkirk, a French channel port close to Belgium. Expecting a long, drawn-out trench war like that on the Western Front in the previous war, the Allies were stunned by the speed and effectiveness of the German advance, which used tanks and dive bombers from the air. In the end over 330,000 Allied troops were rescued, euphemistically described here as a 'gallant rearguard action'.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Evening Post, 1 June 1940, p. 11

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - Defeat in France, 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/zoomify/34557/evacuation-of-the-british-expeditionary-force-1940 (accessed 31 May 2023)

He kōrero nā Ian McGibbon, i tāngia i te 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016