British and French troops evacuated from Dunkirk, 4 June 1940

Evacuated from beaches: 622

Evacuated Dunkirk harbour: 25,553

Daily total: 26,175

Accumulated total: 338,226

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

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Men of the British Expeditionary Force arrive in London after evacuation from Dunkirk 1940

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BBC archive: Bernard Stubbs reports on troops returning from Dunkirk (1940)

“There was every kind of ship I that saw coming in this morning, and every one of them was crammed full of tired battle-stained and  blood-stained British soldiers.”

Reporting from Dover, Bernard Stubbs describes the scene as the ships return from Dunkirk and the troops disembark. He then follows the soldiers onto trains as they head home and also boards a ship to see what the conditions were like. Stubbs notes that, regardless of the strife, the port was well organised and the troops in good spirits.

Recorded: 31 May 1940

Duration: 4 minutes, 23 seconds

Dunkirk evacuation 3 June 1940

Evacuated from beaches: 1,870

Evacuated Dunkirk harbour: 24,876

Daily total: 26,746

Accumulated total: 312,051

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

War Walks: Dunkirk

Documentary by the late military historian Richard Holmes, one of the greats, on the miracle of Dunkirk.

HMS Malcolm, one of the Royal Navy destroyers that gave sterling service during Operation Dynamo

HMS Malcolm, a Scott-class flotilla leader, one of the Royal Navy destroyers that gave sterling service during Operation Dynamo.

NORTH AFRICAN OPERATIONS. NOVEMBER 1942.
NORTH AFRICAN OPERATIONS. NOVEMBER 1942.© IWM (A 12780)

Massey Shaw fireboat approaching Dunkirk, 2 June 1940 – painting by Rudolf Haybrook

London fireboat ‘Massey Shaw approaching Dunkirk at 11PM on 2 June 1940. Painting by Rudolf Haybrook. With a volunteer crew from the London Fire Brigade, Massey Shaw made three trips to Dunkirk and evacuated over 500 troops.

The London Fire-Boat 'Massey Shaw' approaching Dunkirk at 11 pm on the 2nd June 1940
The London Fire-Boat ‘Massey Shaw’ approaching Dunkirk at 11 pm on the 2nd June 1940© IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 248)