It's interesting to see how much of a shock the Dunkirk Evacuation was to British. Although the start of war was noted by Orwell he quickly moved back to documenting his small holding activities and egg production. However as the B.E.F. was beaten back to their eventual humiliation Orwell writes of growing talk about the war amongst those on the home front. It's eerie reading along in real time but it also gives a wonderful insight to the development of attitudes to the war and how it was viewed at home.