"...the Battle for France is over..."

Discussion in 'WW2 General' started by plan_D, May 10, 2005.

  1. plan_D

    plan_D Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2004
    Messages:
    11,985
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    On May 10th, 1940, the German offensive into France and the Lowlands, Fall Gelb, began. By May 26th, the French and British armies were in retreat. They made their way to the last Allied controlled port town, Dunkerque (Dunkirk).

    There they would be evacuated by the Royal Navy in an operation named Dynamo. This intended on rescuing 30,000 troops but it ended up rescuing over 330,000 French, British and Belgian soldiers.

    There were 500,000 soldiers at Dunkirk, with no heavy weapons or anti-aircraft. Only the RAF flying from across the channel could stop the Luftwaffe from massacring the waiting troops.

    The evacuation began on May 27th...
     

    Attached Files:

  2. plan_D

    plan_D Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2004
    Messages:
    11,985
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    The Wehrmact's panzers halted and it was left to Goering's Luftwaffe to stop the evacuation.

    On the other side, it was left to the RAF to save it. While men waited on the beaches, the sky was filled with fighters and bombers. Ships were the target of the Luftwaffe.
     

    Attached Files:

  3. plan_D

    plan_D Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2004
    Messages:
    11,985
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    The conflict in the skies over Dunkirk was fierce.
     

    Attached Files:

  4. plan_D

    plan_D Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2004
    Messages:
    11,985
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    The cost of man and machine was great for the RAF. Over 100 aircraft were lost in the skies over Dunkirk...
     

    Attached Files:

  5. plan_D

    plan_D Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2004
    Messages:
    11,985
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    On June 4th, Dunkirk was captured. Britain had left the continent and at some cost. The RAF had lost over half it's strength aiding France, many Destroyers and other warships were lost evacuating the BEF.

    It cost a lot in material goods but they'd done better than they hoped, they'd saved the British Expedtionary Force over 300,000 lives saved from the grip of Nazi Tyranny.

    On June 22nd, France surrendered...the Battle for France was over, the Battle of Britain was about to begin.
     

    Attached Files:

  6. the lancaster kicks ass

    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    19,980
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    38
    wow some great air to air shots, if you scroll down fast enough it does actually look like it's moving..........
     
  7. Nonskimmer

    Nonskimmer Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2004
    Messages:
    8,848
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    Naval Electronics Technician
    Location:
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Some great pics there. :cool:
     
  8. Medvedya

    Medvedya Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2004
    Messages:
    2,367
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Professional Wasterel
    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Does as well! :lol:
     
  9. SeaNorris

    SeaNorris Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2005
    Messages:
    132
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Liverpool
    Ah, lovely
     
Loading...

Share This Page