Reasons For The Battle Of Dunkirk

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The battle of Dunkirk was a surprise attack by Hitler on the Netherlands. Hitler sent forces through the Ardennes and around the Maginot Line. The attack caused Allies to retreat to the beaches of Dunkirk, also known as the French Port, as a way of backing farther away from German forces. The Allies were trapped with their backs facing the English channel. The Allies called to put Operation Dynamo into action. Royal Navy ships and civilian crafts were send the the French Port. The larger ships could not reach the land, so small civilian crafts transported men from land to ships, rescuing three hundred and thirty-eight thousand soldiers, a much larger amount than expected. This was considered to be one of the most heroic acts of WWll. There was approximately 68,000 British casualties, 290,000 French losses with many more than that either missing or taken prisoner, and 27,074 German casualties along with 111,034 wounded soldiers. casualties during the battle of Dunkirk. The battle lasted from May 26, 1940 to June 4, 1940.…show more content…
For example, the Allies were forced to come together without preparation to save their soldiers from complete defeat. The Germans achieved their goal of discarding the Allies out of the Netherlands, but the allies did not face complete defeat. The Allies lost many ships due to destruction, but were able to rescue almost all of their soldiers. Though the Allies were defeated I believe they marked a huge point in history with their heroic act of saving many
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