12 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Dunkirk Evacuation

On July 21, Dunkirk, a war film from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan, comes to theaters. The early buzz is all positive and the film is already being heralded as the next Saving Private Ryan, so it’s sure to be a huge blockbuster. However, many Americans may be wondering what the hell it’s all about.

Dunkirk tells the true story of the Dunkirk evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo. Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, and France found themselves surrounded by the German Army on the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France. Between May 26 and June 4, 1940, over 300,000 soldiers were evacuated by 700 civilian boats in what has been called the Dunkirk Miracle.

Learn some facts about the incredible evacuation from the official Dunkirk Twitter account and be sure to catch the movie when it hits theaters July 21.