Even with the strict wartime censorship it was obvious to everyone that the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in May and June 1940 was a disaster. Winston Churchill—who had been Prime Minister for only a few weeks—may have celebrated the deliverance, but was careful to include in his speech to the House of Commons the warning that “wars are not won by evacuations”. The legend of Dunkirk began early. Late in 1940 Paul Gallico’s story The Snow Goose was published in the Saturday Evening Post. It told of Philip, a crippled artist who comes to love a…
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