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Britain in WWII: The Early Months
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When Britain declared war on Germany in September, it was several months until they became involved in any land battles. What was this period of time known as?
The Fake War
The Funny War
The Bogus War
The Phoney War
During this period of time there were only a few small naval skirmishes. However, in October 1939, a German U-boat successfully penetrated the defences of Scapa Flow managing to sink which ship?
HMS Ark Royal
HMS Royal Oak
Due to a conflict which had taken place between Finland and the Soviet Union the raw materials found there, attentions turned to Scandinavia. In April 1940 Britain became involved in its first significant land battle of WWII. In which country did this take place?
After Britain's poor performance in this conflict there was a large debate in the Houses of Commons concerning the government's handling of it. The result was the formation of a coalition government in May 1940, with Winston Churchill as Prime Minister. Whom did he replace?
On the same day that Churchill was appointed Prime Minister, Germany invaded the Netherlands and Belgium. Where did the *main* attack take place?
Paratroops were dropped from the air
From the Bay of Biscay
Across the Spanish border
Through the forests of the Ardennes
The German army moved at an incredibly fast rate under the control of Erwin Rommel. They had moved so swiftly through France it took them only until 12th May to reach which river?
The German army inflicted huge losses on the French and British armies. This was due to the element of surprise in their attack. However, another factor which caused this was the incompetence of the Allied armies. Under which general did the French army serve during this conflict?
With almost the entire British army in France at this time, British generals began to worry that they could be wiped out by the German army. This led to the idea of the Dunkirk evacuation. Who first suggested this solution?
The evacuation was a success, rescuing approximately 338,000 British and French soldiers. Which of these was NOT a factor in the success of Dunkirk?
The RAF kept German planes away from the beaches
The boggy terrain near the beach was unsuitable for tanks
German forces stopped, allowing slower divisions to catch up
German soldiers drowned in nearby rivers
The success of Dunkirk was used as propaganda by the British government. How did they refer to the Dunkirk evacuation?
The Magic of Dunkirk
The Victory of Dunkirk
The Bravery of Dunkirk
The Miracle of Dunkirk
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