Category Archives: Books & Reading

Dunkirk on Tuesday, May 28, 1940

Dear future insomniacs and internet addicts, Unbeknownst to you, but knownst to concurrent infovores, I blew my deadline to be done with the Dunkirk blogging by the time the movie opened. I will be seeing the movie next week. But … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Monday, May 27, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: Evacuation from Dunkirk begins with 7,669 rescues, one-third of the total hoped for. Germans take Calais. Allies learned that King Leopold III of Belgium was formally surrendering, which would create a 20 … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Sunday, May 26, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: Operation Dynamo ordered to commence. Halt order issued on May 22nd to 10th German Panzer Division, is rescinded. FDR addresses Americans in a fireside chat about the war in Europe. After learning … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Saturday, May 25, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: English Channel port of Boulogne falls to the Germans. BEF Commander Gort orders all BEF troops north towards the coast, Dunkirk. British Air Force [RAF] defends the beachhead. Sporadic Luftwaffe bombings in … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Friday, May 24, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: With no alternative, 400,000 Allied troops lay pinned against the coast of Flanders near the French port of Dunkirk. The Battle of Boulogne and the Siege of Calais, begun on May 22, … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Thursday, May 23, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: German Panzer Division drive towards the coast stops. Kirchner’s 1st Panzer Division had pushed to the outskirts of Bourbourg—just ten miles from Dunkirk in an attempt to cut off the Allied troops … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Wednesday, May 22, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: The Battle of Boulogne and the Siege of Calais began. A halt order is issued by the German High Command, with Adolf Hitler’s approval, to a German Panzer Division rapidly approaching the … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Tuesday, May 21, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: French PM Reynaud appeared before his parliament and blamed the military disaster on incredible faults in the French high command that he said would be punished. Churchill’s 1st meeting with new Allied … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Monday, May 20, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: German armored columns, led by General Guderian (a tank expert), severed all communication between the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in the north and the main French army in the south. He also … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Sunday, May 19, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: The situation in France was unravelling fast. The Germans had now secured their breakthrough in the gap they had forced north of the Maginot Line. The great bulk of the French Army … Continue reading

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