ON THIS DAY In 1940: Dunkirk, British Army Escapes

We'll meet again, you Nazi bastards...

Few in America probably realise the significance of this day, June 4th, 80 years after the British Army made a fortuitous tactical retreat across the channel.

Hollywood has yet to make a major movie about this momentous event as very few Americans were present – hence the modern-day lack of knowledge of how those brave little boats saved Europe.

Tom Hanks has never appeared on a mole bravely guiding troops onto boats, Spielberg never considered these events worthy of depiction, but to Britons, this was not the end of the beginning, but it may have been the beginning of the end for that nasty chap Hitler.

The French may moan that we Britons abandoned them at Dunkirk, but the truth is much less controversial. Quite a lot of Blanchard’s French Army also withdrew to Britain, sadly, they mostly chose to return home and found themselves largely working in German factories serving the Reich, rather reluctantly it must be said.

It took four long years (and two days) for the British and Allied armies to return to France, in that time, almost the whole of Europe was burned down, Russia lost 25 million at least and the US built enough tanks and planes to drag herself out of bankruptcy and the Great Depression.

There is a phrase coined about an earlier Great War that is highly appropriate on this day – Lest We Forget.


Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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  1. Knowing history, is the solution for a better (Much better ! ) future…

    Europe- The Last Battle. Changed my opinion of world war 2. It would be wise to rethink that period, before taking that vaccination ?

    It’s not that history repeats itself, it’s always that same program being played…. by the same institutions and organizations…

    • There are always three sides to every story – what he says, what the other guy says and the truth.