A Day That Shook The World: Evacuation of Dunkirk
Friday 27 May 2011
On 27 May 1940, British troops were forced to beat a humilating retreat from Dunkirk in France by advancing German forces.
Operation Dynamo, as the mission was called, managed to recover 338,000 men over the course of six days, largely in so-called 'little ships' - small, non-military vessels press-ganged into emergency service.
While the troops were saved, their equipment was not. Furthermore, German forces now controlled all of France, and Britain was left as the last of the countries standing against Hitler.
Watch original footage from the evacuations in this British Pathé video, above.
Life & Style blogs
Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
UK police to start seizing drivers' mobile phones after all crashes
Want to reduce the risk of disease? Abandon shaking hands, and start bumping fists...
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Primark forced to remove skinny-looking mannequin with protruding ribs after customer complaint
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
- 1 Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star, dies aged 45
£26000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful international media organ...
£35000 - £41000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: QA Manager -...
Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: LONDON - BANKING / PROPERTY FINANCE - ...
£28000 - £30000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: An ambitious...