The Evacuation of Dunkirk

Historical Events


Victory in BattleMiracle of Dunkirk

1940-05-27 British and Allied forces begin the evacuation of Dunkirk (Operation Dynamo) during WWII

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British troops await evacuation at Dunkirk
British troops await evacuation at Dunkirk
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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 and French troops evacuated from Dunkirk
  • 1940-06-04 British complete the "Miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats

Film release premierFilm Premier

2017-07-13 "Dunkirk" film directed by Christopher Nolan with ensemble cast including Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy premieres in London, England


Famous Birthdays

  • 1949-09-04 Dean Pees, American football coach, born in Dunkirk, Ohio
  • 1958-02-18 Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth), born in Dunkirk, New York (d. 1999)