NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
1st June, 1940 : German artillery bombards the Dunkirk beaches, while the Luftwaffe launches the most violent attack since the operation began. In a few hours one French and three destroyers are sunk, together with two transports, one mine-sweeper and one gunboat. The British defence line is breached at Bergues, a few miles from Dunkirk, and the rearguards have to be withdrawn nearer the coast. In view of the German offensive the British Admiralty orders a short suspension of embarkation for Britain; nevertheless a further 64,229 men at least are taken off from the Dunkirk beaches.
Admiral Lord Cork and Orrery, commanding the combined Allied force in Norway, tells King Haakon that his troops will have to be withdrawn.