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'Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster' (AJP Taylor) Is there sufficient evidence in sources A to F to support this interpretation?

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'Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster.'(AJP Taylor) Is there sufficient evidence in Sources A to F to support this interpretation? The words 'Disaster' and Deliverance' are very strong and decisive words when used at any time, but in the context of war they are even stronger. AJP Taylor is a very famous and well respected historian who uses statements and ideas that are intended to shock and thought provoke, this quotation isn't as shocking as some previous statements but still provokes thoughts. In my opinion the statement by AJP Taylor is true but overall but the question 'Is there sufficient evidence in Sources A to F to support the interpretation that Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster?' is a totally different matter which I will explore. The definition of a disaster is a very bad accident or misfortune, a complete failure and the definition of deliverance is to rescue and set free. This means that AJP Taylor is saying that the Dunkirk was a very big accident and failure because of the troops that died and other circumstances that occurred but he is also saying that it was a great rescue and setting free for all the troops and families of the troops who were rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk. ...read more.


The article also tells of small ship losses, most rescued troops having a smile on their face and there rifles in there hands and also of large numbers of the B.E.F. being saved. Source F by A.J.P. Taylor tells of the British Fighter command stopping German bombing. It also tells during the evacuation of Dunkirk the large destroyers were being supported by all types of boat and that thankfully the weather was good. The last act of deliverance that Source F describes is that large numbers of troops and that most of the B.E.F. were saved. As well as all the sources having certain parts of deliverance in, they also all have certain acts of disaster in them too. The picture, Source A shows English planes being shot down by the Luftwaffe, it also shows bombs falling near British troops, plumes of black smoke of fallen aircraft and a sunken boat, these are definitely disastrous sights. Source B shows large numbers of troops on the beaches of Dunkirk, this is disastrous because all of these troops have been forced back by the advancing Germans. Source C shows that a lot of British troops were outnumbered and on the run, it also gives some sign of the dyer situation faced by some British troops, even if the troops shot down the German plane it would make little difference. ...read more.


This Source is also unreliable because it's obvious propaganda produced by the minister of war in an attempt to make Britain look good and to boost moral. Source E is the most unreliable because it is complete propaganda with hardly any facts, the Source is full of lies, untrue information and even the information included that's good for Britain is propaganda, the Source is of no use at all. Finally Source F is the most reliable because although all the points of disaster aren't listed, the source is still by far the most reliable and unbiased. The points are accurately weighed up and honestly wrote, it is a generally good opinion of a good historian. In my opinion there is enough information in Sources A to F to support A.J.P. Taylor's opinion that Dunkirk was both deliverance and a disaster. I believe this to be true because although some of the sources aren't all that reliable they still state points of deliverance and disaster. The Source that is mostly reliable, namely Source F by the person who made the interpretation shows best the interpretation to be true. In my opinion Source F was a deliverance and a disaster and I believe that there is just about enough information in Sources A to F to support mine and A.J.P. Taylor's interpretation. ...read more.

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