WWII: Dunkirk Evacuation | How the 'little ships' helped rescue the Allied troops
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 06 June 1965
DURATION | 5 minutes 14 seconds
Standing next to the Dunkirk memorial, Paul Reynaud, who was Prime Minister of France when Germany invaded the country, shares his memories of the Dunkirk evacuation and its significance. He thought all was lost, but did not believe Britain was deserting France. He did, however, evoke an emotional response from Churchill when he asked him whether all French troops would be left behind, to which Churchill replied that they would not. This is an audio extract preserved from the TV programme 'Dunkirk Revisited'.
In 1940, Paul Reynaud was imprisoned by the Vichy government and the Nazis until the end of the war. He was put on trial twice and eventually charged, along with other members of his regime, with being responsible for France's defeat by Germany. During his imprisonment, he kept himself physically fit by skipping and occupied his mind with writing, studying languages and reading. A collection of memoirs, 'La France a Sauve l'Europe', written during his incarceration, was published in 1947. He resumed a political life soon after the war.
Winston Churchill makes his first prime ministerial broadcast.
An appeal for Dunkirk recruits on behalf of the government.
Bernard Stubbs reports on the returning troops.
Rt Hon Anthony Eden recounts the events of the 'battle for the ports'.
Ed Murrow reports on his visit to a fighter airfield.
Four members of the BEF describe their retreat to Calais and Dunkirk.
Reporter Ed Murrow hears Churchill's speech in the Commons.
JB Priestley pays homage to the small boats of Dunkirk.
The shipping minister recounts the past few days at Dunkirk.
A Pathe news cameraman describes Dunkirk.
The role of Margate's lifeboats in the Dunkirk evacuation.
A Thames tugboat master describes how he helped with the Dunkirk operation.
The captain of the Royal Daffodil recounts being bombed.
Commander Lightoller is interviewed by Charles Gardner.
Memories of Dunkirk by those who were there.
A member of the crew aboard HMS Malcolm recounts the evacuation at Dunkirk.
A senior officer's account of Dunkirk.
A former sergeant speaks about his dramatic escape from Dunkirk.
Recollections of those who took part at Dunkirk on shore, in the air and at sea.
Former French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud is interviewed about Dunkirk.
One man relives the darker moments of Dunkirk.
Dunkirk veterans from north-east England remember the evacuation.
Survivors share their memories of the Wormhoudt massacre.
Richard Holmes tells the story of Dunkirk as he walks its beaches and breakwaters.
...Hitler had not halted the Panzers?
A memo from the Assistant Senior News Editor about the Ministry of Information.
The BBC informs the Ministry of Information about its preliminary Dunkirk news reports.
Memo from the BBC to the War Office.
The BBC is held to account by Military Intelligence.
A summary of a telephone conversation between the BBC and MI7.
All broadcasts from officers and men in the army are to be stopped.
Recognition for the part played by the French.
The Ministry of Information sends an urgent message forbidding interviews with servicemen.
The Ministry of Information stops further broadcasts by a general.
The War Office warning about recent news reports.
The Ministry of Information refutes Nazi claims.
A BBC memo highlights censorship communication problems.
Worries about France and instructions from Ministry of Information and the Foreign Office.
The unprecedented demands of broadcasting in wartime continue to cause problems.
The War Office reconfirm their policy on broadcasts by serving officers and men.
A yachtsman tells of his voyage to Dunkirk.
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