Dunkirk May / June 1940

Recently Batman film director Christopher Nolan made the film ‘Dunkirk’ starring One Direction’s Harry Styles telling the story of the ‘Little Ships’ that saved the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F) from the beaches of Dunkirk and probably saved Britain from losing the war and succumbing to Nazi tyranny.

Historical Excerpts

The escape of the British Expeditionary Force in 1940 was largely due to Hitler’s personal intervention. After his tanks had overrun the north of France and cut off the British army from its base, Hitler held them up just as they were about to sweep into Dunkirk – which was the last remaining port of escape left open to the British. At that moment the bulk of the B.E.F. was still many miles distant from the port. But Hitler kept his tanks halted for three days.
His action preserved the British forces when nothing else could have saved them. By making it possible for them to escape he enabled them to rally in England, continue the war, and man the coasts to defy the threat of invasion. Thereby he produced his own ultimate downfall, and Germany’s five years later. Acutely aware of the narrowness of the escape but ignorant of…

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