Home → Themes → World War II → Write your own story – Dunkirk

Write your own story – Dunkirk

During World War II, between¬†between 26 May and 4 June 1940, Allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches and harbour of the French port of Dunkirk. The evacuation was code-named Operation Dynamo. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill praised the ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk but added that ‘wars are not won by evacuations). Dunkirk evacuation

⊕ Go through the steps below to create your story...

Print this out:

1. Choose the first character for your story...

  • Bill (fishing boat captain)
  • Charlie (teenager)
  • Jimmy (sergeant in British army)
  • Wiktor (Polish Spitfire pilot)
  • Laurant (French farmer)
  • Marie (French citizen)

2. Choose a second character....

  • Terry (wounded British soldier)
  • Franz (patrol boat captain)
  • Otto (U boat - submarine captain)
  • Wolfgang (Stukka pilot)
  • Horst (machine gunner)
  • Helena (nurse)
  • Choose your own idea

3. Where does the story start?

  • On the beach (La panne)
  • On the sand dunes
  • Mid channel (half way between
  • England and France)
  • On the pier
  • Choose our own option

4. Choose two things to be in the story...

  • machine gun
  • air attack
  • searchlight
  • medic/nurse
  • U Boat attack
  • sinking boat
  • German deserter
  • mine

5. Start writing at the heart of the story.

If you are working with a partner - write one line each.