True Stories of Dunkirk The British Expeditionary Force lay trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, capture and imprisonment by the seemingly invincible forces of Nazi Germany now surely inevitable. This was Britain's darkest hour of WWII.
With the defeat of France and the surrender of Belgium Europe was now in the grip of Adolf Hitler and with his forces poised just 21 miles from the British coastline, the fall of Britain - now standing alone - seemed just days away. The possible loss of vital men and invaluable equipment could not be tolerated, especially if the United Kingdom was to survive. Surely a deal would now have to be struck between the two greatest forces of Europe?
In London though, an ambitious plan was already underway, conducted in the highest secrecy from the Cabinet's War Room and instigated by the Royal Navy. But could the rescue of 350,000 possibly succeed with no guarantee of sufficient air cover?
In the dead of night, escorted by warships from the Royal Navy, a flotilla of small boats silently congregated around the coasts of South and SE England. The desperate mission had begun. It was vital that they were not discovered.
This, therefore, is the true story of Operation Dynamo, as told by the people who were actually there, who really faced the terrible bombing from the air and who really withstood the vicious bombardment from the mainland. This DVD tells the real story of the ferocious battles as heavily outnumbered and outgunned, British soldiers fought against hopeless odds, in the hope that at least some of their comrades might escape back into the sea.
Over 7 days and nights 388,226 men were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk, almost exactly three times the amount of men rescued from the beaches of Gallipoli. 22 naval vessels and 665 civilian craft had continuously ferried between Dunkirk and the British coast, a miraculous landmark in modern military history.
This is their story. The real story.
The chapters covered by this film are:
2. Final plan of attack
3. Thin line of defence
5. The retreat
6. To Dunkirk
7. The boats come in
8. Operation Dynamo
9. Chaos on the beaches
10. Small boat heroics
11. Dunkirk to Calais
12. Lasting memories
Film duration approx 52 mins
Price £12- including p+p worldwide