Battle of Dunkirk

1940 important battle in the Second World War between the Allies and Germany

The Battle of Dunkirk (French: Bataille de Dunkerque) (Also known as Operation Dynamo) was a major battle during World War II. It lasted from the 26 May until 4 June 1940. The Allied forces were split in two by a German armoured advance to the Channel coast at Calais. The British and French commanders had been taken by surprise at the speed of the advance. The northern part of the army was surrounded In Dunkirk, France, a port on the English Channel. There they made a perimeter and waited for an evacuation.

Battle of Dunkirk
Part of The Second World War
Date26 May – 4 June 1940
Dunkirk, France
Result German victory
Allied evacuation
 United Kingdom
France France
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Lord Gort
France Maxime Weygand
France Georges Blanchard
France René Prioux
Nazi Germany Gerd von Rundstedt
Nazi Germany Ewald von Kleist (Panzergruppe von Kleist)
approx. 400,000
338,226 evacuated[1]
approx. 800,000
Casualties and losses
30,000 killed or wounded
34,000 missing or captured
6 destroyers and over 200 smaller vessels
106 aircraft
52,252 killed or wounded
8,467 missing or captured
101—240 aircraft

The majority of British troops were able to escape. Approximately half as many French troops also escaped. About 40,000 troops, mostly French, had to stay behind to keep the Germans away during the evacuation. Many of the evacuated French troops landed elsewhere and continued the Battle of France.



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