Talk:Battle of Dunkirk

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French Commanders[edit]

I added the Commanders of the French 1st Army Group and the French 1st Army to the "Commanders and Leaders" section, as their forces were heavily engaged in the battle, it makes sense that they should be there. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:05, January 4, 2011‎ (UTC)

Chance for Luftwaffe to demonstrate itself?[edit]

I also remembering read that Goering wanted to show that the Luftwaffe could destroy the British Army from the air in order to advance the argument that it would be able to do the same to London, increasing the chances of a surrender by Britain as a country. (Also that the Germans had reached the limits of their supply lines.)Historian932 (talk) 05:03, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

Breakout the French Evacuated[edit]

123,000 of the total evacuated seem to be french can that be put in the battle box, seems a significant statistic? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:11, July 28, 2017 (UTC)


Is it not better to say British empire rather than the united kingdom? Furthermore, shouldn't the commonwealths (from which soldiers were present at the battle) be listed as belligerents as well, perhaps most notably British India, which had four companies present at the battle. There is no reason to omit them. Bodha2 (talk) 21:24, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

It's certainly true that troops originating from India fought bravely at Dunkirk. I would have concerns that if we included every nation who had soldiers present at the battle, then the list of belligerents would become too long to be useful, including as it would most European nations (except Vatican City and Liechtenstein), the many African nations that made up French colonial troops and the King's African Rifles, volunteers from the US and Canada, and as you say from India and Burma.—S Marshall T/C 22:45, 2 August 2017 (UTC)
I agree that an exhaustive list of colonial troops may be too cumbersome to list, however the info box could easily accommodate them by simply having a sub heading of "colonial forces" beneath the respective empires of Britain and France; with as accurate a figure of the number of colonial forces present, without having to individually list them. If this still is too tedious then perhaps instead of the United kingdom it should say British empire, and a similar treatment could be applied to France. I feel obliged to add that I am counting all colonial forces such as those from Canada and the like. From these two options I, however, prefer the former rather than the latter.Bodha2 (talk) 10:14, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
Although as far as I know not present at Dunkirk as units (v individuals), re your point above, Canadian, Australian, NZ and South African were not 'Colonial' but 'Dominion' troops; the difference being that they were ultimately controlled by their domestic governments (eg John Curtin's demand in 1941 for the return of Australian troops from N Africa). As an ex-Gurkha officer, I am well aware of the importance of the Indian Army in British victory in WWII, but the four companies of the Indian Service Corps present in France in 1940 would not have exceeded 450 men in total and most of the supply and logistics arms were evacuated from the Western France ports in late June in Operation Ariel, not Dunkirk. This is not to belittle their contribution but it's hard to identify a specific number of Indians evacuated from Dunkirk and if we're going to list them separately, that opens a big window - especially since some of the names of those recorded in the records as belonging to Force K6 are clearly Muslim and Bengali, so could be Pakistani or Bangladesh. So I think it's correct to use 'Empire' to cover these categories. Robinvp11 (talk) 18:03, 23 August 2017 (UTC)

"Dunkirk in Popular Culture" section?[edit]

Should there be a section for notable portrayals of Dunkirk on stage, screen, and literature? If so, would it be on both Dunkirk evacuation as well as Battle of Dunkirk, or should it be a separate article entirely? The Verified Cactus 100% 01:57, 4 February 2018 (UTC)


The casualties listed for the BEF are the numbers for the entire Campaign in Belgium and France (the source listing the casualties is also wrong when pointing these are the casualties only for Dunkirk). I couldn't find the exact numbers only for Dunkirk. If someone with access to reliable sources could look into it, that would be great. (10 February 2018) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2003:D0:4BF5:A301:C1D4:828D:7C5D:3E5E (talk) 19:23, 10 February 2018 (UTC)

I have read that after the troops returned to England that other troops had to be brought in to restore order - theft, rape, etc 2601:181:8301:4510:A01F:945:95E4:2AB2 (talk) 01:44, 28 February 2018 (UTC)