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What happened on the 10th of July 1940?

What happened on the 10th of July 1940?

On July 10, 1940, the Germans begin the first in a long series of bombing raids against Great Britain, as the Battle of Britain, which will last three and a half months, begins. Britain also produced superior quality aircraft.

How many French soldiers were evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940?

Over 26,000 French soldiers were evacuated on that last day, but between 30,000 and 40,000 more were left behind and captured by the Germans. Around 16,000 French soldiers and 1,000 British soldiers died during the evacuation.

Why did the French army collapse in 1940?

Its failure was a result of a hopelessly divided French political elite, a lack of quality military leadership, rudimentary French military tactics. On the battlefield, France faced a vastly more prepared German army that utilized both more advanced weapons and sophisticated tactics. It was a mismatch.

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Why did the Allies have to retreat to Dunkirk?

Why was the Dunkirk evacuation necessary? Nazi Germany invaded northern France and the Low Countries in May 1940 during the early years of World War II. The German strategy, called blitzkrieg, relied on sustained and concentrated forward momentum to ensure a swift victory before the enemy could respond.

Why did the French lose the French and Indian war?

The British had won the French and Indian War. They took control of the lands that had been claimed by France (see below). France lost its mainland possessions to North America. Britain now claimed all the land from the east coast of North America to the Mississippi River.

Why did Britain and France declare war on Germany?

Why did Britain and France declare war on Germany in September 1939? Britain and France both demanded the German army to withdraw from Poland. In Hitler’s mind, Britain and France could no longer provide effective help to Poland because they would have to declare war, which he thought was unlikely.