June 3 in history – Battle of Dunkirk

The Battle of Dunkirk  ended on June 3, 1940.

The following day Winston Churchill delivered his fight on the beaches speech:

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

Tens of thousands of soldiers were evacuated from from Dunkirk by civilian boats. The desperation of the situation and bravery of the soldiers and their rescuers was depicted in Paul Gallico’s novel, The Snow Goose.

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One Response to June 3 in history – Battle of Dunkirk

  1. artandmylife says:

    I loved the Snow Goose story as a kid. The radio version used to play on weekend mornings. I now have a copy for my kids which looks in about the same condition as the copy above 🙂

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