Battle of Dunkirk

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Prelude

1939

Phoney WarSaarThe Heligoland Bight

1940

LuxembourgThe Netherlands(The HagueRotterdamZeelandRotterdam Blitz)Belgium(Fort Eben-EmaelHannutGembloux )France(SedanArrasLilleCalaisPaulaDunkirkDunkirk evacuationItalian Invasion of France)Britain - (Adlertag - Battle of Britain Day)Sea Lion

1942–1943

Cerberus and DonnerkeilSt Nazaire RaidDieppe Raid

1944–1945

OverlordDragoonSiegfried LineMarket Garden – (Arnhem) – Hürtgen ForestAintreeAachenScheldtBulge(NordwindBodenplatte)Colmar PocketInvasion of Germany

Strategic Campaigns

The Battle of Dunkirk was a battle in the Second World War between the Allies and Germany. A part of the Battle of France on the Western Front, the Battle of Dunkirk was the defence and evacuation of British and allied forces in Europe from 24 May-4 June 1940.

After the Phoney War, the Battle of France began in earnest on 10 May 1940. To the east, the German Army Group B invaded and subdued the Netherlands and advanced westwards through Belgium. In response, the Supreme Allied Commander French General Maurice Gamelin initiated "Plan D" which relied heavily on the Maginot Line fortifications. Gamelin committed the forces under his command, three mechanised armies, the French First and Seventh and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to the River Dyle. On 14 May, German Army Group A burst through the Ardennes and advanced rapidly to the west toward Sedan, then turned northwards to the English Channel, in what Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein called the "sickle cut" (known as "Plan Yellow" or the Manstein Plan), effectively flanking the Allied forces.[6]

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