Both Borkenau and I considered that Hitler was likely to make his next attack on France, not England, and as it turns out we were right. Borkenau considers that the Dunkirk business has proved once for all that aeroplanes cannot defeat warships if the latter have planes of their own. The figures given out were 6 destroyers and about 25 boats of other kinds lost in the evacuation of nearly 350,000 men. The number of men evacuated is presumably truthful, and even if one doubled the number of ships lost[1] it would not be a great loss for such a large undertaking, considering that the circumstances were about as favourable to the aeroplanes as they could well be.

Borkenau thinks Hitler’s plan is to knock out France and demand the French fleet as part of the peace terms. After the invasion of England with sea-borne troops might be feasible.


[1] These figures were, in fact, correct. Although most of their equipment was lost, 198,000 British and 140,000 mainly French and Belgian soldiers were evacuated. Of the forty-one naval vessels involved, six were sunk and nineteen damaged. About 220,000 servicemen were evacuated from ports in Normandy and Brittany. Peter Davison

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8 Responses to 6.6.40

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  2. June – Sunny, warm and rather dry.
    Mean Temperature 17.4°C
    Monthly Highest 29.8°C Total Rain 31 mm
    Monthly Lowest 10.5°C Total Sun 277 hrs

    Temperatures rose during the first week of June and it became very warm or hot. On the 8th, the afternoon high almost reached 30°C. The very warm weather continued into the middle of the second week, but it became thundery, and on the 9th, nearly 16mm of rainfall was recorded. During the remainder of June, high pressure brought many dry days, and it was mostly rather warm. However, the 23rd was a dull day, and the temperature only reached 16.6°C.

  3. Stephen says:

    I understand the good weather was a significant factor in getting the men away from Dunkirk.

  4. The Ridger says:

    Ah, Wrigley’s… Nice to see an American company turning someone else’s disaster to clean profit!

  5. Steve says:

    Here’s something I’ve always wondered about: in Dr. Strangelove, just 24 years down the wormhole from that bus, packages and sticks of Wrigley’s Juicyfruit are seemingly everywhere. Why?, I always wondered. What do they symbolize?

  6. The 1940’s, the war years, saw the introduction of Rainblo Bubble Gum by Leaf Confectionary Co. and the William Wrigley Jr. Co., introduced Orbit specifically as a wartime product. Wrigley chewing gum was standard issue in the soldier’s field rations, as was the Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar. Dubble Bubble also offered bubble gum squares that were included in ration kits. [http://www.candyfavorites.com/shop/catalog-gum-history.php]

    During World War II, company president Philip Wrigley led an unusual move to support U.S. troops and protect the reputation of the company’s brands. Because of wartime rationing, Wrigley could not make enough top-quality gum for everyone. So rather than compromise the high quality that people expected, the company took Wrigley’s Spearmint®, Doublemint® and Juicy Fruit® off the civilian market and dedicated the entire output of these brands to the U.S. Armed Forces. During its absence from the market, Philip Wrigley made sure the Wrigley brands stayed on the mind of consumers by running the “Remember this Wrapper” ad campaign.

  7. Heather says:

    How many eggs today?

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