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North‐eastern French port, whence 27 May to 4 June 1940, 200,000 British troops were brought back to England. On 10 May 1940 German troops attacked the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. On 20 May German units reached the English Channel, splitting the allied forces. On 25 May Gort, commanding the British Expeditionary Force, gave up attempts to cut the German corridor and ordered British retreat to the coast. Churchill's view that Britain should continue the war, whatever happened to France, was reinforced by a promising start to the Dunkirk evacuation. The drama of the evacuation, including the part played by small civilian pleasure boats, raised British morale.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence — British History.

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