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some truths about Dunkirk

by caerdarn

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caerdarn
People in story: 
Albert Doughty
Location of story: 
France and Spain
Background to story: 
Army
Article ID: 
A5074724
Contributed on: 
14 August 2005

The anger of my uncle still stays with me.

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Message 1 - some truths about Dunkirk

Posted on: 14 August 2005 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Dear Caerdan

You say that "When Churchill gave his radio speech that there were no British soldiers left in France, Albert was listening to this in the back of a radio wagon in a French farmyyard".

But Churchill made no such speech, and you have been misinformed. Winston Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty in Chamberlain's government until 9 May 1940, and had nothing to do with Dunkirk or the disposition of the BEF in Belgium and France.

Dunkirk is a Belgian port and troops were evacuated from there between 21 May and 5 June, but troops were evacuated from many other ports well after that date. The main French ports from east to west being Dieppe, 10 June; Le Havre, 13 June; Cherbourg, to 19 June; St Malo to 18 June; Brest, to 19 June; St Nazaire, 16-19 June; and Bayonne 19 June. There was no secrecy about this.

Regards,

Peter

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