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30th May 1940

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Fighting retreat of BEF and French forces towards the coast continued. Wounded and troops not immediately engaged were evacuated from Dunkirk with assistance of Allied navies. Both withdrawal and evacuation screened by the British Royal Air Force (RAF), whose fighters and bombers were ceaselessly engaged against the German forces. Dunkirk defences reinforced by flooding south west and north east.

Paris reported that Vanguard of first French army, cut off near Cassel, fought its way out and reached Dunkirk.

Germans claimed to have captured its commander, General Prioux.

The British War office announced that small British force sent last week to hold Calais had rendered invaluable assistance to the main body of BEF withdrawing towards Dunkirk by heroic refusal to surrender in the face of violence and continuous attack.

The British Admiralty announced that the destroyers HMS Grafton, HMS Grenade and HMS Wakeful had been sunk off France, as well as small transport HMS Abukir and certain small auxiliary craft.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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