Where history happened: Dunkirk

We visit 10 places connected with the remarkable evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from northern France in 1940

British evacuees from Dunkirk walk off their rescue vessel land in Britain. (Photo by Corbis via Getty Images)

This feature was first published in the May 2010 edition of BBC History Magazine

When the German Blitzkrieg in the west broke over Belgium and Holland, at 05.35 on 10 May 1940, British and French troops who had been assembling during the ‘Phoney War’ period rushed to assist the Belgian army.

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