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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.


Dunkirk triumph or disaster

  • 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?


Dunkirk triumph or disaster

Blitzkrieg

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…

  • 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???


Dunkirk triumph or disaster

  • Look at the sources p.158-9

  • Make the table below:


What did britain do

What did Britain do?

  • 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?


Churchill was trying to lift the nation after the fall of britain s ally france to germany

Churchill was trying to lift the nation, after the fall of Britain’s Ally France to Germany


Homework imagine you are a reporter in britain

Homework: Imagine 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

  • What do we think: triumph or disaster?


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