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Dunkirk - a few facts


Two soldiers338,226 troops were evacuated from Dunkirk between 27 May and 4 June 1940


98,780 men were lifted from the beaches; 239,446 from the harbour and mole (a wooden breakwater protecting the harbour) at Dunkirk


933 ships took part in Operation Dynamo, of which 236 were lost and 61 put out of action


The number of little boats that sailed on their own initiative will never be known


French, Belgian, Dutch and Norwegian ships took part in the operation alongside the ships of the Royal Navy


The BEF left the following equipment behind in France, much of it to be recycled by the German Army -
o 2,472 guns
o 63,879 vehicles
o 20,548 motorcycles
o 76,097 tons of ammunition
o 416,940 tons of stores


68,111 men of the BEF were captured or killed during Blitzkrieg, retreat and evacuation


40,000 French troops were taken into captivity when Dunkirk fell


126 merchant seamen died during the evacuation


Churchill had been Prime Minister for only 16 days when the evacuation began


The threat of invasion was so real that on 29 May Churchill proposed laying gas along the beaches of the south coast


1,000 Dunkirk citizens died during air raids on 27 May


In the early hours of 29 May the destroyer Wakeful was torpedoed and sank in 15 seconds with the loss of 600 lives


47,081 men embarked from the mole during the devastating air raid of 1 June


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