By: Evan Sibbet

German advance

On the evening of May 9, 1940 German forces along with their new panzers tore through the Ardennes and began advancing on the English channel. Germany had begun its invasion and attack of the low countries such as the Nederlands. After harsh attempts by the British Expeditionary Force, Belgian, and French forces, the Germans couldn't be halted on their advance to the coast. It was decided that there was no stopping the German advance on the coast.
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Evacuation of Dunkirk

As of May 24, Hitler had urged his Commander, General Gerd Von Rundstedt to press the attack. With the situation continuing to deteriorate for the Allied troops, the general of The (BEF) decided an evacuation of Northern France was necessary. The Evacuation, code named Dynamo was originally intended to save around 50,000 Allied troops. As the German's marched on Dunkirk, preparations were made for an immediate evacuation of the beach.

Significance to WWII

Naval Vessels and many civilian boats were used to save more than 198,000 British troops along with about 140,000 French troops. The military defeat that the Allied powers suffered earlier, now was a moral victory. The British, French, and Belgian forces had to fight their way to the port city of Dunkirk. There they could hope to hold on long enough to be snatched from the beaches. In total about 340,000 troops in all had been saved from the Beaches of Dunkirk.
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Post evacuation

After the more than miraculous evacuation, it was determined that it was Hitler's fatal order to halt the German troops' advance that caused the evacuation of Allied troops.