Thanks mauvepink. Glad the song went over well.
I would not suggest that the British government was faultless in the events leading up to Dunkirk. Nor did any of the Allies expect the French army to collapse so suddenly which led to both French and British troops being trapped. I just think it is incorrect to say that the troops were "abandoned by their leaders." The entire country responded to rescue over 338,000 Allied troops, including over 100,000 French troops. Without that heroic rescue effort Britain would not have been able to continue the war. Lord writes, "In the summer of 1940 they were the only trained troops Britain had left." He adds, "...the significance of Dunkirk went far beyond such practical considerations. The rescue electrified the people of Britain, welded them together...." It was a defeat that may well have won the war.