Dunkirk and its significance

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Being a blue blooded Brit, and all that, I decided to write my piece on how historians view Dunkirk. My earliest thoughts on it were shaped by early black and white war films; with noble Tommies against vile Huns, gallantly beating out their escape, while under heavy attack. The truth about the matter was far from straightforward, with a host of variables, as well as lots of good luck. For us Dunkirk- though admittedly a …

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…to get material aid to her." (You must wonder would the Cold War have been so intense without the aid of such tactful leader’s). In the book by Walter Lord, on what the word Dunkirk conjures up for us, which I believe sums the whole affair up rather nicely: "To the French, it suggests bitter defeat; to the Germans opportunity forever lost…For the British…symbolises a generosity…willingness to sacrifice for common good.