May 10 1940. World War II. The Germans launch an offensive into Holland, Belgium and Luxemburg. The French and British armies are caught off guard and find themselves surrounded.
They are ordered to pull back to Dunkirk. 400,000 men crowd onto the beaches and wait to be embarked back to England: Operation Dynamo begins as General Guderian’s Panzer divisions speed towards the town.
Taking advantage of these 3 days respite, 224,686 British and 123,098 French have time to cross the Channel to safety in England. Figures far higher than the Allies first hoped.