• Short Summary

    AFTER TWENTY FIVE YEARS PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL TODAY (SATURDAY) REMEMBERED ONE OF GREAT MOMENTS OF THE WAR IN EUROPE - THE EVACUATION OF EIGHTY-THREE THOUSAND ALLIED TROOPS FROM THE FRENCH PORT OF DUNKIRK IN THE FACE OF AN ADVANCE BY GERMAN INVADERS.

  • Description

    AFTER TWENTY FIVE YEARS PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL TODAY (SATURDAY) REMEMBERED ONE OF GREAT MOMENTS OF THE WAR IN EUROPE - THE EVACUATION OF EIGHTY-THREE THOUSAND ALLIED TROOPS FROM THE FRENCH PORT OF DUNKIRK IN THE FACE OF AN ADVANCE BY GERMAN INVADERS.

    THE BATTLE DUNKIRK STARTED IN MAY, 1940. BY LATE IN MAY IT HAD BEEN DECIDED TO WITH DRAW BRITISH AND THEIR ALLIED TROOPS FROM DUNKIRK. IN A FANTASTIC OPERATION LASTING NINE DAYS, HUNDREDS OF SMALL CRAFT, INCLUDING OPEN FISHING BOATS, SAILING BOATS, TRAWLERS AND LAUNCHES TRAVELLED TO AND FOR ACROSS THE TWENTY-ODD MILES OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL FROM THE KENT COAST PICKING UP TROOPS AND FERRYING THEM BACK TO ENGLAND. THE GERMANS SHORTLY AFTERWARDS OCCUPIED DUNKIRK, AND HELD IT FOR SOME YEARS.

    TO MARK THE QUARTER-CENTENARY OF THE EVACUATION MANY OF THE ORIGINAL SMALL CRAFT AND THEIR CREWS SAILED ACROSS THE NARROW WATERS OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL AND BACK TO DUNKIRK WHERE THEY TOOK PART IN SPECIAL MEMORIAL CEREMONIES AND CELEBRATIONS. ALSO, MANY OF THE SOLDIERS WHO DEFENDED THE TOWN, WERE THERE. FOR MANY IT WAS AN OCCASION TO RENEW THE BRIEF ACQUAINTANCESHIPS THEY HAD MADE UNDER VERY DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE SUMMER OF 1940.

    THE CELEBRATIONS WERE BEING HELD OVER TWO DAYS, AS THE PEOPLE OF DUNKIRK FETED THE GALLANT CREWS OF THE "SMALL SHIPS", AND THE VETERANS WHO WERE EVACUATED. THE CELEBRATIONS ALSO MARKED THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF DUNKIRK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA8GPSZ8YJ5X0ME2Y31YOITFDW
    Media URN:
    VLVAA8GPSZ8YJ5X0ME2Y31YOITFDW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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