May 26th 1940 - Beginning of the evacuation of Dunkirk


Immediately after the start of their western offensive, in May of 1940, the German troops cut the French and British units off from all connecting lines in Flanders and along the Channel coast. While the German High Command advises to destroy the opponents in a devastating tank battle, Hitler gives the command to halt. This decision allows the allied troops a retreat to Dunkirk and the evacuation by sea on May 26th 1940. Despite of German air attacks, until the 4th of June 370, 000 British and French soldiers are able to rescue themselves by sea, and regroup, in places such as the UK, as an exile army under General de Gaulle.

Länge: 00:00:52 | O-Ton: nein | Farbe: s/w | Jahr: 1940 | Clip-ID: JHT000154E




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