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Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum: Hole 2 – Dunkirk
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As British and French armies desperately tried to halt the joint German advances into Belgium and Northeastern France, the Allies soon found themselves cut in two. Roughly 400,000 British and French troops became trapped in a pocket around the port of Dunkirk while the French to the South unsuccessfully attempted to relieve them and break through the German lines.
German airplanes dropped propaganda leaflets into Dunkirk in an attempt to lower British morale. Fortunately for the Allies, the German Panzers, which could have crushed the defenses around Dunkirk, were ordered to Halt on May 23rd 1940 by Hitler. The task of destroying Allied forces was now given to the Luftwaffe, the Panzer commanders fearing poor terrain and maneuverability. Even before this halt was ordered, the British began planning an evacuation codenamed Operation Dynamo.
Over the course of eight days, hundreds of British Naval and merchant ships successfully evacuated 338,226 troops. While the bulk of the British Expeditionary Force was saved, they left behind nearly all of their equipment and 35,000 soldiers most of them French, who desperately fought on as a rearguard. While the evacuation was hailed as “The Miracle of Dunkirk,” Prime Minister Winston Churchill remarked, “Wars are not won by evacuations.”
Less than a month after the Dunkirk evacuations, France formally surrendered to Germany on June 22nd. Britain now braced for the inevitable onslaught as she stood alone against the might of the Third Reich…(continued on hole 3)
Key Word: Propaganda – Propaganda consisted of various forms of radio broadcasting, text, or film and was used in both military and political contexts. Soldiers on both sides launched or air-dropped paper leaflets intended to cause the other side to lose the will to fight or even defect to their side.Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum
A large expansive blue “green” representing the water that separates the greens of England and of Dunkirk gives a Miniature Golf take on the evacuation. The hole is located at the back left and you can use your imagination to picture your ball being a Navy vessel attempting to rescue trips in Dunkirk.
Mister Mini Golf Pro Tips
The break to the right is pretty intense so make sure to aim far left and remember to give it a pretty good amount of power to not only accommodate for the new greens but also for two material transitions, although an extremely clean transition, there is still a transition nonetheless.
ADA Accessibility Notes: ADA compliant pathways are installed to allow for 9 holes of accessible play.
For more details on course accessibility, always check in with a course you are visiting as they may be able to do additional accommodations. In addition, a great resource is the ADA Checklist for Miniature Golf Courses.
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