Dunkirk evacuation 1st June 1940

Evacuated from beaches: 17,348

Evacuated Dunkirk harbour: 47,081

Daily total: 64,429

Accumulated total: 259,049

Source: Thompson, Julian. Dunkirk: Retreat to Victory. New York: Arcade, 2011.

Pier constructed of British Army lorries on beach at La Panne, 1940

Ad hoc pier constructed of British Army lorries topped with decking at La Panne, 1940. Construction of piers was suggested by Cdr Richardson, RN on the morning of 30 May. The piers – built by British sappers from 1st Division – were constructed at Bray-Dunes and La Panne. They enabled Dunkirk’s “little ships” to continue the evacuation regardless of tides.

Bridge constructed of British army lorries topped with decking, La Panne, 1940.

Bridge constructed of British army lorries topped with decking, La Panne, 1940.