Today in Dunkirk History

Historical Events

  • 1629-06-18 Sea battle at Dungeness: Piet Heyn beat the Dunkirkers, commerce raiders in the service of the Spanish Monarchy
  • 1652-09-16 Spanish troops occupy Dunkirk
  • 1658-06-25 Spanish garrison at Dunkirk surrenders to French & English
  • 1666-06-04 Battle at Dunkirk: English vs Dutch fleet
  • 1708-03-27 Pretender to the English throne James III flees to Dunkirk
  • 1940-05-27 British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940-05-31 Major General Bernard Montgomery leaves Dunkirk

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1940-06-02 Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach
  • 1940-06-03 Last British & French troops evacuated from Dunkirk
  • 1940-06-04 British complete the "miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 300,000 allied troops from France