The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II by Louise BordenOutstanding juvenile historical fiction about the WWII Dunkirk evacuation targeted to 8 - 12 year olds, but a worthy read for grown-ups who like kid fiction and anyone who gets a tear in their eye thinking of all those little boats voluntarily going into the way of grievous harm to rescue allied troops.
The hero is anonymous: a sturdy, strong, helpful and hardworking GIRL - thank you, gods of historical fiction. Her dad, Martin Gates, is a fisherman who owns the fishing boat Lucy and when word is passed that small boats are needed to get allied troops out of France, he and his friends answer that call as does his daughter - with his permission.
This is a great read for that element if nothing else: a family that works together bravely doing the right thing, a Dad who respects his childs wish to be of service to her country and doesnt undervalue her because of her gender or her age. I do wish there had been a Mum in the story that also appreciated her daughters courage but I suspect publishers think very little of the courage of Mums in storybooks, mores the pity.
The illustrations are beautifully done, understated but moving. The Gates rescue a dog off the beach whom they name Smokey Joe, and Smokey Joe is an optimistic thread through all the illustrations.
All together this is an excellent read-it-yourself for older readers (of any age), and a good bedtime story book for younger kids.
9 things you (probably) didn’t know about Dunkirk
However, for many troops, Dunkirk was only the beginning. The POWs were denied food and medical treatment. The wounded were jeered at. To lower officer morale, the Nazis told British officers that they would lose their rank and be sent to the salt mines to work. They were forced to drink ditch water and eat putrid food.
Battle of the Netherlands. Invasion of Luxembourg. The operation commenced after large numbers of Belgian , British , and French troops were cut off and surrounded by German troops during the six-week long Battle of France. In a speech to the House of Commons , British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called this "a colossal military disaster", saying "the whole root and core and brain of the British Army" had been stranded at Dunkirk and seemed about to perish or be captured. Three of their panzer corps attacked through the Ardennes and drove northwest to the English Channel. The commander of the BEF, General Viscount Gort , immediately saw evacuation across the Channel as the best course of action, and began planning a withdrawal to Dunkirk, the closest good port.
The Battle of Dunkirk (French: Bataille de Dunkerque) was fought in Dunkirk ( Dunkerque), The British Expeditionary Force alone lost some 68, soldiers during the French campaign. .. British forces who served in the Dunkirk sector and their rescue forces, including the civilians who volunteered to man the "little ships".
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United Kingdom. Battle of the Netherlands. Invasion of Luxembourg. The plan relied heavily on the Maginot Line fortifications along the German—French border, but German forces had already crossed through most of the Netherlands before the French forces arrived. After reaching the Channel, the German forces swung north along the coast, threatening to capture the ports and trap the British and French before they could evacuate to Britain.