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Retrospect: May 26 – June 4, 1940: Miracle of Dunkirk

The successful evacuation of thousands of Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France served as a key turning point in the early days of World War II. Following Germany's invasion of Poland in September 1939, a period of relative inactivity in terms of major military campaigns—known as the Phoney War—ensued. This period came to an abrupt end on May 10, 1940, with the German attack on France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The attack effectively cut off the British Expeditionary Force, along with parts of the French and Belgian armies, in northern France near the French–Belgian border.

 

Contributing Editor SEAN POTTER is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM), Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), and science writer with an interest in weather history.

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