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The Battle of France and the Flight to Dunkirk


German paratroopers invade the Netherlands on May 10, 1940.  Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images
German paratroopers invade the Netherlands on May 10, 1940. Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Retellings of the Dunkirk rescue often leave out how the Allied forces got into such a predicament, with a huge part of the British Expeditionary Force stranded. Today, we'll talk about the lead-up to WWII and its relentless progression into France.

Tracy's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: wwii, World War II, British history, French history, German history, European history, military history, Dunkirk, 20th century, warfare