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How did the Germans and British interpret events at Dunkirk so differently? How did they select and edit information to suit their point of view?

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Question: How did the Germans and British interpret events at Dunkirk so differently? How did they select and edit information to suit their point of view? There are numerous scrutiny's contiguous the Dunkirk evacuation. Was it a triumph or a disaster? How did both sides demonstrate propaganda videos to suit their observations? Annotations were made by mutually sides to give their judgment on the Dunkirk evacuation. The Battle of Dunkirk lasted from around May 25 to June 3, 1940. The German forces swept north to capture Calais, holding a large body of Allied soldiers trapped against the coast on the Franco-Belgium border. It became clear the battle was lost and the question now became how many Allied soldiers could be removed to the relative safety of England before their resistance was crushed. From May 22 preparations for the evacuation began, codenamed Operation Dynamo, commanded from Dover by Vice-Admiral Bertram Ramsay. He called for as many naval vessels as possible as well as every ship capable of carrying 1,000 men within reach. ...read more.

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To start with the Germans a victory for their side because they made British troops retreat. This was a superior source of propaganda. Secondly the allies were weakening. This intended the German diplomacy were functioning. The disaster for the Germans is they allowed several thousand men to escape their boundary of defence and security. Also this meant that the English would have had the chance to penetrate their barrier to regain control of France, but Winton Churchill's main resolution was to evacuate as many troops as possible. Now onto the English side. They could have believed it to be a victory because of all the misinformation by Churchill, but no one could have came up with enough material evidence to show it was a disaster. I shall begin with the disasters. Firstly the British and the French had to pull back (this won't look good in history). This basically meant the BEF and the French troops made no progress. ...read more.

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At the end of the day a video was presented to German and British civilians on their sides triumph and not defeat. The Germans had shown the killing of the allies and the continuous pressurisation of forcing the allies into confined space. On their video they had their tanks through France and should victory on the troops. The British summed their victorious evidence by making a film to demonstrate the mass departure of the BEF and French soldiers. The English edited the scene of the truth with a lot of propaganda. There were showing that all their boat got through the restrained German barrier, yet no sides illustrated the victims. All this propaganda is false due to; there was no witnesses or reporters at the battle of Blitzkrieg. In conclusion no sides can allege triumph or disaster; or victory or defeat. I have first hand bystander that this is a controversial topic and there is no precise or immoral answer, as Dunkirk can be presented both a victory of a defeat. Vimalraj Arumugam 9P History Common Task 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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