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Ships set sail to mark Dunkirk rescue

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Jenny finds out more about the Dunkirk evacuations

Around 50 ships have set sail from the south coast of England to mark the 75th anniversary of a very important event in world war two.

On this day in 1940 thousands of boats from the UK set sail to rescue soldiers trapped by the Nazis on the beaches of France.

The crew of the London based tug "Sunvill" one of the many small craft which took part in the evacuation of British and allied troops from DunkirkGetty Images
Many small boats took part in the evacuation.

The amazing rescue, called the Dunkirk evacuations, was by ordinary people in ordinary vessels - like fishing boats.

The Little Ships flotilla leaving Ramsgate Harbour
The ships that have set sail today to mark the event will return to Ramsgate Harbour on Monday

They brought nearly a quarter of a million troops back to safety and Winston Churchill, the prime minister at the time, called the event a miracle.

Dunkirk veterans Michael Bentall and Garth Wright on board the Little Ship the Princess FredaPA
Dunkirk veterans Michael Bentall and Garth Wright on board the Princess Freda