The Miracle of Dunkirk, was the evacuation of Allied (British, French, and Belgium) soldiers from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, in the north of France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940, during World War II while being shot at and bombed the the German invaders and occupiers of Western Europe. The movie omits the cause of the rescue which was the NAZI army attacking and killing our allies.
The rescue operation commenced after large numbers of British, French, and Belgian troops were cut off and surrounded by and attacked by NAZI German troops during the Battle of France. By 21 May, the German forces had trapped the British Expeditionary Force, the BEF, the remains of the Belgian forces, and three French armies in an area along the northern coast of France. Commander of the BEF, General Viscount Gort, immediately saw evacuation across the Channel was the best course of action and began planning a withdrawal to Dunkirk, the closest location with good port facilities. On 22 May 1940, a halt order was issued by the German High Command, with Adolf Hitler’s approval. The burden of preventing the evacuation was left to the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) who faced opposition from the British Royal Air Force(RAF), until the order was rescinded on 26 May. This gave the trapped Allied forces time to construct defensive works and pull back large numbers of troops toward Dunkirk, to fight the Battle of Dunkirk. From 28 to 31 May 1940, in the Siege of Lille, the remaining 40,000 men of the once-formidable French First Army fought a delaying action against seven German divisions, including three armored divisions. Hitler issued Directive 13, which called for the Luftwaffe to defeat the trapped Allied forces and stop their escape. That’s not in the politically correct movie.
On the first day of the evacuation, only 7,669 men were evacuated, but by the end of the eighth day, 338,226 soldiers had been rescued by a hastily assembled fleet of over 800 boats.