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Diary June 4, 1940


destroyed British equipment at Dunkirk
Miles of abandoned or destroyed British equipment at Dunkirk.
Diary for Tuesday, June 4, 1940:

Western Front

Germans capture Dunkirk, taking 40,000 French prisoners (rearguard plus many stragglers), and great quantities of abandoned British equipment, inc. 2,472 guns, 84,427 vehicles and motorcycles and 657,566 tons of ammunition and stores.

Air War

French Government threatens reprisals for Paris raid (June 3); French bombers attack Munich and Frankfurt (night June 4-5).

Home Front

Britain: Churchill tells House of Commons that a week earlier he had anticipated ‘the greatest military disaster in our history but the Dunkirk Evacuation had transformed the situation. ‘We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches … we shall never surrender …’

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