The last remaining British troops in France had not yet been evacuated but attention rapidly switched to the threat to Britain herself. The threat of invasion appeared very real and was underlined by the issue of an official leaflet ‘If the Invader comes” to every household in the land during the course of this week.
The government was very concerned that the flight of refugees that had hindered military movement in France should not be repeated if invasion came to Britain. The straightforward message to everyone was “Stay Put”.
Another high priority was the reduction of rumours and panic. This was perhaps more difficult to combat – since so many diaries from the time make mention of stories circulating about parachutists and similar events, many of which are presented as fact.