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Dunkirk: Triumph or disaster?. LO: To decide whether Dunkirk was a success or failure. . Hitler’s invading tactic was called BLITZKRIEG. It is German for “lightning war”. Why do you think it had that name? How do you think these three pictures are linked?. Blitzkrieg

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Dunkirk triumph or disaster
Dunkirk: Triumph or disaster?

LO: To decide whether Dunkirk was a success or failure.



Blitzkrieg German for “lightning war”. Why do you think it had that name?

The aim was to hit a place hard then move on straight away, and it aimed to create chaos among people who lived in the towns

  • Stuka dive bombers “softened” a town up

  • Panzer tanks rolled in and cleaned up the

    rest

  • People caused havoc as they fled to the next town along…but the Germans were on their way!


Britain and france defeated
Britain and France defeated… German for “lightning war”. Why do you think it had that name?

  • Using Blitzkrieg, or “Lightning War”, Germany defeated France in just 6 weeks!

  • This meant all French and British troops were pushed back to the beaches at Dunkirk

  • What now???



What did britain do
What did Britain do? German for “lightning war”. Why do you think it had that name?

  • Britain sent 860 boats to rescue both British and French men. This included big Navy ships and also “little boats” – trawlers, fishing boats, lifeboats, sailed by civilians. In nine days 338,226 men had been rescued. It was the biggest evacuation ever.

  • What do you think made Dunkirk a triumph (a success)?

  • What do you think the leaders at home said about Dunkirk? Would they say it was a disaster or triumph? Why?



Homework imagine you are a reporter in britain
Homework: Imagine Britain’s Ally France to Germany you are a reporter in Britain

  • Using your table you are going to create a biased newspaper front page story about Dunkirk, with a picture to illustrate it. You can tell the story either from a British point of view or a German point of view

  • E.g. DISASTER IN DUNKIRK!

  • Or BRITISH SPIRIT WINS AGAIN!


Plenary
Plenary Britain’s Ally France to Germany

  • What do we think: triumph or disaster?


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