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1  starter activity How is this image of Dunkirk similar or different from the film clip? Click on the image to play the clip.

2 Was Dunkirk a ‘miracle’? To explain the key events of Dunkirk To evaluate whether Dunkirk was a victory or a disaster for the British LOs  LOs  Key words: Blitzkrieg, BEF, Luftwaffe

3  Your task Read p. 158 of ‘Peace & War’ and answer the following: Read p. 158 of ‘Peace & War’ and answer the following: Describe how warfare was different in WWII compared with WWI Describe how warfare was different in WWII compared with WWI Explain how the BEF became trapped Explain how the BEF became trapped Write a ‘Twitter’ definition of ‘Operation Dynamo’ Write a ‘Twitter’ definition of ‘Operation Dynamo’  Extension. Hitler ordered his troops to stop advancing at the end of May Why do you think he did this?  Extension. Hitler ordered his troops to stop advancing at the end of May Why do you think he did this?

4 How did Dunkirk come about? War of movement & ‘blitzkrieg’ German troops by- passed ‘Maginot line’ & invaded N. France, Belgium & Holland BEF taken by surprise Operation Dynamo launched 27 May- 4 June to rescue 300,000 troops

5  Your task Read p of ‘Peace & War’ and sort the sources into two groups: those which suggest it was a success and those a failure. Read p of ‘Peace & War’ and sort the sources into two groups: those which suggest it was a success and those a failure. Choose the best 3 pieces of evidence and record these in your notes. Choose the best 3 pieces of evidence and record these in your notes.  Extension. How and why did Churchill exploit Dunkirk as a great victory?  Extension. How and why did Churchill exploit Dunkirk as a great victory? SuccessDisaster

6  Your task You are going to write a newspaper account of Dunkirk from differing perspectives You are going to write a newspaper account of Dunkirk from differing perspectives First, read sources 2-14 First, read sources 2-14 Then, complete a table similar to the one below: Then, complete a table similar to the one below: Source No. & Type TriumphDisasterPossible reason for this view 2, newspaper headline Jubilant headline, ‘Bloody marvellous’ Supporter of war, didn’t want to demoralise troops, wanted to sell papers

7 To what extent was Dunkirk a victory? 27 May – 4 June 338,000 British (BEF) & French troops evacuated from Dunkirk (incl. 139,000 Fr.) Original target 50, Naval & privately owned vessels carried troops to Dover & south coast Fine weather RAF provided air cover against Goering’s Luftwaffe Luftwaffe & artillery bombarded troops

8 To what extent was Dunkirk a disaster? 68,000 BEF casualties 1,200 field guns, 1,250 anti-aircraft guns, 11,000 machine guns, 75,000 vehicles abandoned (incl.475 tanks) Germans fully expected GB to make peace A rare moment captured on camera. Hitler dances with delight at the success of Blitzkrieg in Europe. Why would have he been so pleased with the outcome at Dunkirk?

9 How did Churchill exploit Dunkirk? ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ Morale booster Morale booster Heroism of troops - rearguard force of BEF troops who protected evacuees Heroism of troops - rearguard force of BEF troops who protected evacuees Importance of civilian contribution to war effort Importance of civilian contribution to war effort Propaganda posters & paintings Propaganda posters & paintings Charles Cundall, Dunkirk

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11 Was Churchill correct in describing Dunkirk as a ‘miracle’?

12 Plenary Plenary How do you think Churchill (the British PM) and the government wanted people to view Dunkirk – as a victory or a disaster? How could they achieve their aims? How do you think Churchill (the British PM) and the government wanted people to view Dunkirk – as a victory or a disaster? How could they achieve their aims? Churchill, PM from

13  Your task - a newspaper account from either a British or German perspective Write Include the following features: A suitable headline & sub heading A suitable headline & sub heading In your first paragraph answer the 5 ‘wh’ questions In your first paragraph answer the 5 ‘wh’ questions In the development use bias to describe the build up to Dunkirk and the evacuation itself In the development use bias to describe the build up to Dunkirk and the evacuation itself Add any other features, e.g. contemporary ads, references to other articles, prices to give the front page and authentic look Add any other features, e.g. contemporary ads, references to other articles, prices to give the front page and authentic look

14  Extension task Write an imaginary interview with a veteran of Dunkirk Write an imaginary interview with a veteran of Dunkirk Write a short article explaining why it is difficult to find out the ‘truth’ about Dunkirk Write a short article explaining why it is difficult to find out the ‘truth’ about Dunkirk


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