A poor consolation is the succes of Dunkirk evacuation much more important that Brits hoped for 150000 soldiers. Almost all : 380000 tuched UK homeland within 1 third of French only.
: Sacrificed supporting the French 5th Army and
: captured (the survivors) at St Valery En
: Fine words by De Gaulle in Edinburgh 23 June
: 1942are little compensation for lost
: fathers, husbands and brothers as you are
: well aware.
: June 1940
: After arriving in the harbour on the 10th
: and finding no one there the Navy had
: withdrawn on the 11th and after coming under
: air attack pulled further out to sea. When
: the order came to carry out the evacuation
: it was too late. A combination of fog
: obscuring the coast, the loss of several
: boats and the fact that the enemy occupied
: the cliffs overlooking the town made
: evacuation impossible.
: Various local demands for surrender,
: specifically to 2nd Seaforths and 1st
: Gordons were robustly rebuffed. Preparations
: were made for a last resistance. Meanwhile
: the French capitulated at 0800hrs on the
: morning of the 12th June.
: General Fortune considered all the options,
: a counter attack, further resistance,
: retaking the town but against this there was
: no possibility of evacuation or support, the
: men were exhausted and virtually out of
: ammunition, with no artillery ammunition at
: all. Shortly before 1000hrs on the 12th June
: General fortune took the most difficult of
: decisions - to surrender.
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