World War Two - Dunkirk Evacuation

At the end of May 1940, at the government's request, thousands of boats set sail to rescue almost a quarter of a million Allied troops who had retreated from Hitler's forces onto the shores of Dunkirk. It was a time when Britain faced the possibility of defeat.

This collection includes personal accounts from some of those who took part in the mass evacuation, codenamed Operation Dynamo, that exemplify the 'Dunkirk spirit' and documents showing the government's control over which stories reached the airwaves.

Churchill's First Broadcast as PM
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News - An appeal for boating skills
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News - Dunkirk Evacuation
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News - RAF fighter planes dispatched to Dunkirk
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Broadcast to the Nation by the Rt Hon Anthony Eden
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Dunkirk Evacuation - BEF Experiences
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News - Ed Murrow Sees Churchill in the Commons Giving News of Dunkirk
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Postscripts - JB Priestley
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News Postscript - Minister of Shipping Ronald Cross
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Charles Martin describes Dunkirk
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Dunkirk: A Personal Perspective - Margate Lifeboats
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Dunkirk: A Personal Perspective - Thames Tugboats
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Dunkirk: A Personal Perspective - The Royal Daffodil
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Dunkirk: A Personal Perspective - CH Lightoller
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Dunkirk: A Personal Perspective
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Dunkirk: A Personal Perspective - HMS Malcolm
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Men in Battle - Dunkirk
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Dunkirk Evacuation - Sgt John Bridges
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Dunkirk: Twenty Years After
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Dunkirk Revisited
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Yesterday's Witness - One Man's Dunkirk
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Dunkirk: Forty Years On
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Week in Week Out - Last General
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War Walks - Dunkirk
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Dunkirk - What If...?
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