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Evaluation of sources for the sufficiency, drawing conclusions from evidence - "Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster".

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Evaluation of sources for the sufficiency, drawing conclusions from evidence "Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster" When I analyzed source A there is various evidence which supports the statement "Dunkirk was a great deliverance and a great disaster" because it shows allied troops being evacuated from Dunkirk however it seemed as though they were boarding the ships without much trouble so that doesn't show any disaster. Nevertheless there is a ship in the sea which is sinking and also shows English planes being shot down by the Luftwaffe, it also shows bombs falling near British troops, and the painting also shows bombs falling close to British soldiers and clouds of black smoke of fallen aircraft. All these are signs are of a disaster on the beaches of Dunkirk. The painting should show an even worse disaster of weapons scattered on the ground and disbanded groups of troops. ...read more.


It describes the BEF as "a body of seasoned veterans" as they still exist. It mentions that troops have arrived with self confidence and experience. These facts could be wrong because when the soldiers were on the beaches would have been in fear of studka dive bombers and not gained but would've lost confidence. He also told of how losing there weapons was a good thing when is was actually disastrous by claiming the vital 'weapon of any army is its spirit', but the army probably didn't have much spirit. Source E may also have been edited for propaganda services because only government reporters were allowed access to the beaches. So any information could've been edited by the reporters. It mentions 'tens of thousands safely home already'; this may slightly be exaggerated because we are not sure if it really means that only 15,000 are home. ...read more.


When the soldiers came back source E mentioned thousands of soldiers returning, this may have been true but also could've been false because they could've been edited for propaganda services or to keep morale up. Source F is a written account by a British historian. It is an English book so may be biased to the B.E.F and English Army. 'Operation Dynamo succeeded beyond all expectation' tell us that the historian believed that the evacuation succeeded. I agree that it did succeed but it had disadvantages too the. It mentioned that it was a great deliverance and a great disaster. He mentions that the army had lost most of its guns, tanks and other heavy equipment. Rifles were also a banded, whilst 474 airplanes were lost and 19 destroyers were damaged, these figures are precise so A.J.P Taylor must have been writing from 1914. Another view which maybe is biased is that the mentioned the B.E.F had almost lost no soldiers. ...read more.

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