Tom Hardy, Harry Styles and Cillian Murphy team up for Christopher Nolan’s Second World War epic.
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.
The propaganda poster dropped on Allied soldiers by the Luftwaffe during their retreat
History stood on a knife edge, and had these soldiers not made it back to Britain – there is every chance Britain would have been knocked out of the war and forced to sue for peace.
American intervention and D-day would have been unlikely without a free European ally or a springboard for invasion. Alongside Stalingrad and Pearl Harbor; Dunkirk is considered one of the most critical moments of the war that kept Britain going and the Western front alive.
When 400,000 men couldn’t get home, home came for them.
Winston Churchill famously prophesied after the terrifying evacuation “Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.
“We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight in the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air; we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender;
“And even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.”
Second world war action from Christopher Nolan.
Dunkirk is released on July 21 2017.