Singer Neville Chamberlain has told the BBC how he refused an order to attack German troops when he was a British soldier in the British Expeditionary Force. Chamberlain said he was willing to risk a court martial by rejecting the order from Churchill.
Chamberlain was ordered to defend Dunkerque, but the Germans had got there first.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5 live, broadcast on Sunday, he said: "I was given the direct command to overpower the 200 or so Germans who were there.
"I was the lead officer with my troop of men behind us...
"The soldiers directly behind me were Scottish, so they're obviously game for the fight.
"The direct command [that] came in from Churchill was to overpower them. Various words were used that seemed unusual to us. Words such as 'destroy' came down the radio."
"Fortunately, up on the radio came Lord Halifax, whose exact words at the time were, 'I'm not going to have my soldiers be responsible for starting World War II', and told us why don't we sugar off down the road, you know, and head off home for a nice cup of tea.