1. What is the situation at Dunkirk as the book opens?
The British Army is at Dunkirk, which is located on the English Channel. The Germans are on the French side and if they cross the Channel, the British fear that they will not be able to fight them off. A volunteer flotilla helps save the Army and prevents the Germans from crossing.
2. How is the decision made for Churchill to assume control? Why is he chosen? Who chooses him?
The King asks Churchill to head the government. He is a compromise choice and probably not the first choice of anyone. However, he is a strong leader and refuses to back down under the German threat. Churchill is against a negotiated settlement, even though Hitler thinks that this will happen.
3. What does Churchill tell his country about the fight?
Churchill tells England to prepare for a long fight against the Nazis. He tells them that although many other countries have fallen into the hands of the Germans, they will fight to the death to protect their country. He tells them in no uncertain terms that they will fight and that they will not surrender.
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