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BBC Internal Circulating Memo
Subject: WITHDRAWAL OF B.E.F.
REPORTS ABOUT CALAIS
B.U.P. REPORT FROM S.E. COAST ABOUT DUNKIRK
From: Mr. Cummings
To: O.N.E., Eur. N.E., E.N.E., Arabic Editor, Hindudstani editor,
Span/Port. Editor, Colonel Stevens, European News Talks, E.T.O.
3rd June, 1940
The War Office say that the French spokesman's story about a small detachment still holding out in the Citadel of Calais is not accurate and should not be used.
They also add a suggestion that we should be careful not to overdo the withdrawal of the B.E.F. in the sense of saying that it is anything in the nature of a victory.
The War Office would rather we did not repeat the B.U.P. story from the S.E. coast about forces holding the line 5 miles from Dunkirk.
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Document Type | Internal Memo
03 June 1940
The War Office has requested that the BBC exercise caution in its reports about Dunkirk and that the evacuation should not be referred to as a victory. In addition, the BBC should not reuse a report about Calais made by a French film company because it is inaccurate.
Winston Churchill cautioned against events at Dunkirk being referred to in a triumphant way: 'We must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory.' Instead, it was seen as a 'miracle of deliverance', made possible by the skills and fortitude of all those involved.
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