Was the Dunkirk evacuation a triumph or a disaster?
The Dunkirk evacuation (‘Operation Dynamo’) was the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, in the north of France, during the Second World War, between 26 May and 4 June 1940. At the time, this rescue mission was portrayed as a ‘triumph’ in the British media, but ever since, historians have debated whether this was an accurate depiction.
We have a box of sources from the Churchill Archive for you to investigate.
- Your challenge is to study the sources in the Source Box and use them to decide whether the evacuation at Dunkirk should be seen as a ‘triumph’ or a ‘disaster’.
- Your teacher will be able to help you with a recording framework and suggestions on how to present your work.
5th June 1940: The crew of the London based tug 'Sunvill' one of the many small craft which took part in the evacuation of British and allied troops from Dunkirk. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)