Monday, 11 June 2012

Dunkirk Little Ships

Source: via Martha on Pinterest

I loved seeing some of the Dunkirk Little Ships in the Flotilla. 39 of the original 700 'little ships' participated in the Queen's Jubilee celebration.

The Little ships of Dunkirk were 700 private boats that sailed from Ramsgate in England to Dunkirk in France between the 26th of May and the 4th of June 1940. They rescued more than 338,000 British and French soldiers who were trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk during WW2. The rescue operation turned a military disaster into a beacon of hope and inspired one of Winston Churchill's most famous speeches.

"We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender ..."

Dunkirk Evacuation

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