A turning point in the war, the Dunkirk evacuation – aka Operation Dynamo – saw Britain at one of her lowest points.
In 1940 the Nazis were advancing through France and had trapped the BEF (British Expeditionary Force). There was only one real option: To retreat back across the English Channel to escape Hitler’s grasp.
Over the course of eight days from May 26-June 4, 338,226 soldiers were rescued by over 800 boats, thanks to many volunteers, while the Royal Air Force took on the Luftwaffe.
As the movie poster for Dunkirk says, survival itself is victory.Related articles
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Film fans will know there are already an incredible amount of movies set during the Second World War, however apart from Nolan’s new take, there’s only been 1958’s Dunkirk starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough and former James Bond M, Bernard Lee, on this particular historical event.
Now more than ever seems a good time to revisit Operation Dynamo and experience the miracle of the evacuation, the sacrifice of those involved – all with the hindsight of knowing what was to come four years later at D-Day.
So, after over a decade in the genres of science fiction and comic book movies, does