Event    From 26/5/1940  To 3/6/1940

Dunkirk Evacuation

In May 1940, British, French and Belgian troops were cut off on the French coast by German forces and faced death or capture. A hastily assembled fleet of 850 'little ships', code-named 'Operation Dynamo', departed from Britain (many making several return voyages) and rescued over 338,000 British and French troops. The event inspired Winston Churchill's 'We shall fight them on the beaches' speech and gave rise to the phrase 'Dunkirk Spirit' and to the Brits' reputation for turning a defeat into a victory.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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Dunkirk Evacuation

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Charles Lightoller

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Dunkirk at Teddington Lock

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Hurlingham Yacht Club

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1st County of London (Middlesex Husrs.)
1 memorial
A. Fisher

A. Fisher

Co-partner or employee of the South Suburban Gas Company. Served but did not die in WW1.

Person, Armed Forces, War Memorial WW1

1 memorial
10th Battalion (Hackney)

10th Battalion (Hackney)

London unit which served in WW1.

Group, Armed Forces, War Memorial WW1

1 memorial
Earl Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts of Kandahar

Earl Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts of Kandahar

British field marshal, served in India and the Boer War. Born India to an Irishman who was serving there at the time.  Considered himself Anglo-Irish even though he lived at Ascot.  1901 - 4 Comman...

Person, Armed Forces, France, India, Ireland

3 memorials
West African Frontier Force

West African Frontier Force

Formed by the British Colonial Office and served in WW1 and WW2.  In 1928 became the Royal WAFF.  Disbanded in 1960.

Group, Armed Forces, Africa

1 memorial