The Dunkirk Evacuation

Christopher Nolan's 2017 blockbuster told the story of the Dunkirk evacuation to a whole new generation. Many of those evacuated were from Northern Ireland.

Royal Ulster Rifles at Dunkirk 1940

Imperial War Museum Photo: HU 1135 (Part of the Major H E N Bredin Collection). War-weary officers of the Royal Ulster Rifles awaiting evacuation at Bray Dunes near Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo in May 1940. The RUR were part of the British Expeditionary Force in Europe. Photo used under Fair Dealing.

The British Expeditionary Force

Men from Ireland and Northern Ireland served in the British Expeditionary Force in 1940. Many of these men in the British Army evacuated from Dunkirk.

Royal Air Force at Dunkirk

Invaluable air support from the Royal Air Force enabled the evacuation of thousands of men from the beaches in northern France.

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