• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Dunkirk Was A Great Deliverence and a Great Disaster

Extracts from this document...


"Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster." Is there sufficient evidence in Sources A to G to support this interpretation? Use the sources and knowledge from your studies to explain your answer In this essay I am going to use sources A to F to see whether there is sufficient evidence to support the interpretation that "Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster." Source A shows the official war artist Charles Cundall's interpretation of Dunkirk. The painting shows Dunkirk in two different ways. One is the fact that boats are carrying people away to safety and the other that people are still left on the beaches and still in danger. They are however very organised and well structured which shows that they are a good, well-organised army. Source A is however biased as it is written by the official war artist Charles Cundall and therefore it may be closely monitored and will have to show this impression of Dunkirk as more of a success than a disaster to keep morale and keep people's hopes alive back in Britain. ...read more.


Source C shows the troops on the Dunkirk beaches firing on German planes. I am unsure as to why this photograph was taken as it serves no real purpose other than to support the idea that Dunkirk was a great deliverance over a great disaster as it shows that although they were greatly outnumbered they were still brave and never gave up, this is why I feel it was only taken to show people back in Britain that all was not lost and to keep morale up. The photograph is however a snapshot in time and an action shot so it could have been for a different purpose as the photographer is not named. Source D is an extract from a speech by the Minister of War in 1940. It's purpose is to boost morale as it uses language such as "seasoned veterans" and "guarantee of final victory." It is however quite limited as it is going to be government supporting as it was written by the minister of war and at the time there was censorship as to what could be published in the press. ...read more.


Therefore the source shows the event as a great deliverance. Source F is an extract from "English History" which was published in 1965. It shows a more balanced view of the events and shows it from both views. It says that the men were very brave and well organised, but many aircraft and artillery were lost in the process. This shows that he had written this source based on different primary sources to give a balanced view of the battle. Therefore I would say it shows reasons for the fact that it was a success and a disaster but from a neutral perspective. In conclusion I feel that Dunkirk is known for a number of reasons, firstly the bravery of the men and the brilliant organisation of the troops on the beaches. On the other hand the army returned to Britain exhausted and tired, they had no weaponry. My view on the matter is that Britain's organisation was superb but when Britain limped back to mainland the morale was low and without the weaponry it would in my view be remembered more as a disaster. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. Dunkirk - Defeat, Deliverance or Victory?

    All these sources show that the British public morale was up beat even though lots of soldiers and machinery was lost during Operation dynamo. The morale was kept high buy speeches from the inspirational Prime Minister Winston Churchill, his optimism kept the people of Britain thinking that they would win the war whatever the outcome of Dunkirk.

  2. Defeat, Deliverance or Victory? Which of these best describes Dunkirk?

    It also links with source 6. However the information could be inaccurate as the author could have been demoralised at the time of writing as many troops were very tired and hungry, others may also have viewed things differently. Source 18, a draft message from Churchill to General Weygand from

  1. Was Dunkirk a defeat?

    The retreating allied troops were forced to abandon 2,472 guns, 90,000 rifles, 63,879 vehicles, 20,548 motorcycles and well over 500,000 tons of stores and ammunition. In addition the RAF had lost 474 aircraft. The soldiers left behind lots of machinery due to the speed of the attacks from the German Panzers.

  2. Dunkirk - Defeat, Deliverance or Victory?

    The source is a draft letter (unedited), which was written in 1940, and later published in 1982. This suggests that the material in the letter was too sensitive to be revealed too close to the time. It is far from the confident tone featured in Churchill's speeches, and shows the Government panicking on the brink of defeat.

  1. Evacuation was a great success - do you agree or disagree.

    There were reports of children 'fouling' gardens, hair crawling with lice, and bed wetting.' Even in today's working and poorer classes, no such atrocities occur; they are dealt with immediately by the school or General Practitioner. It is therefore quite understandable that the country folk were indeed shocked.

  2. Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster. (A.J.P Taylor) Is there sufficient ...

    However, because it shows an evacuation it suggests defeat which means a disaster. Source G was taken from a speech made by the war minister in June 1940. He speaks very highly of the BEF calling them, "... a body of seasoned veterans" that refused to accept defeat.

  1. evacuation was not a great succes

    So how were the teachers supposed to console the children's parents if teachers didn't even know the destination? This was a major factor contributing to the "drift back" mentality, which resulted in lots of children returning to the cities just in time for the start of the Blitz.

  2. The Evacuation from Dunkirk in World War 2 was a great Disaster for Britain. ...

    It encouraged recruitment and informed the British public everyone was reunited, that the evacuation was a success. It shows Britain as being tolerant as they welcomed foreigners sharing their traditions amongst their neighbours. The source is reliable because it is a primary source.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work