WWII: Dunkirk Evacuation | How the 'little ships' helped rescue the Allied troops
BBC Internal Circulating Memo
1st June, 1940.
Subject: FRENCH FORCES.
From: Mr. Adam
To: O.N.E., Eur. N.E., E.N.E., S/P N.E., Arab N.E., Hind. N.E., Eur. News Talks, E.T.O., Col. Stevens
The Foreign Office are anxious that the part played by the French in the Dunkirk fighting should be played up as much as possible.
The Ministry of Information have written the following for such use as we wish to make of it:-
"As the British people watch with pride and admiration the home-coming of their B.E.F. their feelings go out no less to their heroic French Allies whose Marines, under their Admiral Abrial are holding the gateway to safety at Dunkirk, whose Navy is sharing with the British the dangerous task of convoying the rescued soldiers to England, and above all, whose soldiers under General Prioux occupying as they do, the positions of greatest danger in the rear-guard of the Allied retreat, are still hewing their way against overwhelming odds to the coast. How deep are the feelings of the British people towards their French allies in this heroic struggle the enthusiastic cheers of the crowds as they welcome French troops at the ports will show; and it is being observed with deep satisfaction in England that the fully justified pride and admiration for the exploits of their sons, brothers and husbands is having upon the French people the same tonic effect as it had upon their British Allies."
The Foreign Office ask that we use it in French and as widely as possible.
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Document Type | Internal Memo
01 June 1940
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Memories of Dunkirk by those who were there.
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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.
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