"after France and Dunkirk"
Retreat from Dunkirk
Public DomainRetreat from Dunkirk - Credit: Divide and Conquer, 1943

By the end of May 1940, Hitler’s army had forced hundreds of thousands of French and British forces to retreat to the English Channel.  They found themselves trapped along the shoreline at Dunkirk, France.

Dunkirk
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumDunkirk - Credit: Jill O. Miles

Winston Churchill ordered an evacuation, and called on all available British seamen to go to the aid of the trapped soldiers. A hastily assembled flotilla of 846 boats of every imaginable variety crossed the Channel and rescued 338,226 troops. The boats included civilian fishing vessels and pleasure craft. The evacuation, codenamed Operation Dynamo, took place from May 27 to June 3, 1940.