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20 Historic Photographs From the AP Images Archive Show the Scene of the WWII Dunkirk's Evacuation in 1940

Operation Dynamo, as the rescue operation was called, began on May 27, 1940, after a German pincer advance forced the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) into retreat and cut off all ports except for Dunkirk. Under heavy shelling and air attack from the German Luftwaffe, the British soldiers, known as Tommies, as well as French and Belgian troops were evacuated. British destroyers sent to perform the rescue couldn’t get close enough to shore due to the shallow waters, so smaller vessels had to act as ferries to bring men off the beach.
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