Author: Julia Markl
The Battle of Britain (Turning Points of WWII)
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May 1940. The Germans had forced 500,000 British, French and. Belgian troops to retreat to Dunkirk, France. At their backs lay the English Channel. In an amazing rescue operation, involving hundreds of small craft, from fishing boats to rafts, the troops were ferried across the Channel to England. But Winston Churchill, the British prime minister, warned the world that the "miracle" of Dunkirk was not a victory On June 18, following the surrender by the French to the Germans, he said: "The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin . . . Hitler knows he will have to break us m this island or lose the war" If the Germans could destroy the primary British defense, the Royal Air Force, they could invade England. With the British defeat, the German conquest of Europe would be complete.