On This Day…
26th May 1940
Dunkirk Evacuation Started
In May 1940, British, French and Belgian troops were cut off on the French coast by German forces and faced death or capture. A hastily assembled fleet of 850 ‘little ships’, code-named ‘Operation Dynamo’, departed from Britain (many making several return voyages) and rescued over 338,000 British and French troops. The event inspired Winston Churchill’s ‘We shall fight them on the beaches’ speech and gave rise to the phrase ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ and to the Brits’ reputation for turning a defeat into a victory.
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