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.
2) A picture depicting British troops lined up on the beach while awaiting 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.
4) A picture depicting Allied minesweepers clearing the English Channel while a convoy of evacuation ships heads for Dunkirk.
5) BEF troops wade out to one of the little ships during the Dunkirk evacuation.
6) Men of the BEF wait for the evacuation at Dunkirk.
7) A picture depicting the Allied troops wading towards evacuation 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.
9) The Allied troops watch the German bombardment of Dunkirk.
10) A picture depicting troops climbing aboard a rescue vessel during the Dunkirk evacuation.
11) A picture depicting Dunkirk while under heavy bombardment.
12) The surviving crew members of the French destroyer Bourrasque are hauled aboard a British vessel.
13) Another picture depicting troops being hauled onto a British vessel during the Dunkirk evacuation.
14) A picture depicting the Allied soldiers arriving safely at a British port. 1940.
15) Some of the last troops to be rescued during the Dunkirk evacuation.
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.
17) A British destroyer vessel takes soldiers home while the town of Dunkirk burns and the rearguard continues to fight.
18) British and French soldiers crowd aboard one of the evacuation ships at Dunkirk.
19) A German cameraman documents the departure of the last Allied troops from Dunkirk.
20) A picture of British soldiers resting aboard a train after evacuating from Dunkirk.
21) A picture depicting BEF troops safely arriving back in the UK.
22) Famished Allied soldiers enjoy refreshments upon returning to Britain.
23) A picture depicting the rescued troops enjoying tea and refreshments. Addison Road station, London, 1940.
24) Another picture depicting a soldier enjoying food upon returning to Britain.
25) A picture depicting the evacuated French troops at a train station in the UK.
26) Children gather around and greet returning British soldiers.
27) Local residents providing tea and other refreshments to a trainload of British soldiers
28) A troop’s girlfriend affectionately greets him upon arriving in the UK.