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The Phoney War & The Fall of France

(including the Evacuation from Dunkirk)

Question: What name is given to the period of WW2 between the outbreak of war and the German invasion of France?

Answer: The Phoney War 

Question: In 1939 did Germany declare war on Britain or Britain declare war on Germany?

Answer: Britain declared war on Germany 

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain speaks to the nation on the outbreak of war

This was broadcast live by the BBC

Question: Through which part of Belgium, thought to be impassable for tanks, did Germany launch their attack into France in1940?

Answer: Ardennes Forest 

Question: Which British Admiral was responsible for the planning and execution of the evacuation of British troops at Dunkirk?

Question: Where in Norway did the British carry out a military landing in early 1940?

Answer: Narvik 

Question: Which British General commanded the rear-guard at Dunkirk and is said to be the last man to have been taken off the beach at Dunkirk? 

Answer: General Alexander Alexander was an ideal choice for this job because he was, by nature, very calm and could be relied upon to hold his nerve.

Question: The tactics used by Germany in attacking Poland and France in World War Two was called Lightning War.  What  is the German word for Lightning War?

Answer: Blitzkrieg 

Question: In which port did the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee seek refuge after being damaged by ships of the Royal Navy?

Answer: Montevideo 

Question: Name the German military commander who reworked the Schliffen Plan from the First World War and led German’s invasion of France in 1940?

Answer: General Gerd Von Rundstedt

Question: Privately owned yachts and boats were commandeered by the Royal Navy to help with the evacuation of British troops at Dunkirk.  By what name are they collectively known? 

Answer: The Little Ships The Little Ships of Dunkirk were about 850 private boats that sailed from Ramsgate to Dunkirk between 26th May and 4th June 1940 to help rescue nearly 340,000 British and French soldiers who were trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk.

Question: What was the code-name for the sea-operation that lifted 338,000 British & Allied troops from the Beaches at Dunkirk?

Answer: Operation Dynamo

Question: Who commanded the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1939/40?

Answer: Lord Gort

Question: In World War Two, what type of weapon was a Stuka

Answer: A German Dive-Bomber 

Question: Which British General on the 27th May 1940 undertook a night-march with an entire Division of troops to plug a hole on the British left flank created by the surrendering Belgium Army that otherwise would have been filled by the Germans thus cutting the British Army off from Dunkirk?

Answer: General Montgomery