The Incredible Dunkirk Evacuation- in rare pictures

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The Miracle of Dunkirk a.k.a the Dunkirk evacuation was the evacuation of Allied soldiers during WWII. It took place after the Allied loss in the Battle of France. The operation essentially rescued a whopping 338,000 British and French soldiers! To commemorate this historic event, we have compiled a list of pictures that depict the incredible Dunkirk evacuation.

Let us take a look at the The Incredible Dunkirk Evacuation- in rare pictures.

1) A picture depicting the incredible Allied evacuation of Dunkirk.

A picture of troops- Dunkirk Evacuation

2) A picture depicting British troops lined up on the beach while awaiting evacuation.

A picture depicting British troops- Dunkirk Evacuation

3) ‘Little ships’ were used to bring the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) troops from the shores in and around Dunkirk to the safety of British warships and other vessels.

A picture of the Little ships- Dunkirk Evacuation

4) A picture depicting Allied minesweepers clearing the English Channel while a convoy of evacuation ships heads for Dunkirk.

A picture depicting ships- Dunkirk Evacuation

5) BEF troops wade out to one of the little ships during the Dunkirk evacuation.

A picture depicting little ships -Dunkirk Evacuation

6) Men of the BEF wait for the evacuation at Dunkirk.

A picture of troops awaiting rescue- Dunkirk Evacuation

7) A picture depicting the Allied troops wading towards evacuation ships off Dunkirk beach.

A picture depicting the Allied troops wading toward rescue ships off Dunkirk beach.

8) However, all rescue operations weren’t successful. One of the unfortunate ships, the French destroyer Bourrasque sank after hitting a mine on the way back from Dunkirk. The vessel carried around 1,200 men, many of whom died.

A ppicture of the sinking French Destroyer- Dunkirk Evacuation

9) The Allied troops watch the German bombardment of Dunkirk.

A picture depicting troops on a ship- Dunkirk Evacuation

10) A picture depicting troops climbing aboard a rescue vessel during the Dunkirk evacuation.

A picture of troops climbing aboard a vessel -Dunkirk Evacuation

11) A picture depicting Dunkirk while under heavy bombardment.

A picture depicting Dunkirk -Dunkirk Evacuation

12) The surviving crew members of the French destroyer Bourrasque are hauled aboard a British vessel.

A picture of troops climbing aboard a vessel

13) Another picture depicting troops being hauled onto a British vessel during the Dunkirk evacuation.

A picture depicting troops

14) A picture depicting the Allied soldiers arriving safely at a British port. 1940.

A picture depicting French and British soldiers

15) Some of the last troops to be rescued during the Dunkirk evacuation.

A picture of troops crowded on ships

16) The crew of a London-based tugboat, one of the many ‘little ships’ that took part in the evacuation, take a break for a cup of tea. 1940.

A picture of the crew drinking tea

17) A British destroyer vessel takes soldiers home while the town of Dunkirk burns and the rearguard continues to fight.

A picture of troops aboard a rescue ship while Dunkirk burns in the background

18) British and French soldiers crowd aboard one of the evacuation ships at Dunkirk.

A picture of Allied troops on a boat

19) A German cameraman documents the departure of the last Allied troops from Dunkirk.

A picture depicting a German cameraman taking photos

20) A picture of British soldiers resting aboard a train after evacuating from Dunkirk.

A picture of troops sleeping

21) A picture depicting BEF troops safely arriving back in the UK.

A picture of the troops back in England

22) Famished Allied soldiers enjoy refreshments upon returning to Britain.

A picture of troops having supper

23) A picture depicting the rescued troops enjoying tea and refreshments. Addison Road station, London, 1940.

A picture of troops having supper

24) Another picture depicting a soldier enjoying food upon returning to Britain.

A picture of a soldier eating
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25) A picture depicting the evacuated French troops at a train station in the UK.

A picture of troops from the train

26) Children gather around and greet returning British soldiers.

A picture of troops

27) Local residents providing tea and other refreshments to a trainload of British soldiers

A picture of locals giving refreshments to soldiers

28) A troop’s girlfriend affectionately greets him upon arriving in the UK.

A picture of a troop greeted by his girlfriend

(C: Hulton Archive / Davis / Topical Press Agency / Getty Images)

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