Dunkirk is a 2017 film about the commission of thousands of British privately owned boats to rescue 400,000 stranded British and French soldiers from Dunkirk Beach across the English Channel in France.
8 out of 10 stars. This is painful to watch. But it’s also very educational.
There are 100 kilometers between Dover, England and Dunkirk, France, all water across the English Channel. During World War 2, 400,000 British and French soldiers were trapped on Dunkirk beach by German forces. They had mere hours to evacuate as German pilots and subs bombed and shot down rescue ship after rescue ship. In desperation, Winston Churchill ordered the British Navy to commandeer thousands of privately owned small boats from the Eastern coast of England to rescue 30,000 British soldiers, leaving the French soldiers and the rest of the British soldiers to die.
They did better than save 30,000. They saved 300,000. This is their story.
The film follows a man who pilots his own ship to Dunkirk along with his teenage son and his teenage son’s best friend who dies along the way. Among the men they rescue are a downed fighter pilot who successfully took out several German fighter pilots who were bombing the rescue ships, a traumatized soldier who inadvertently kills the young teenage boy trying to comfort him, and several soldiers who have survived being shot down on four different rescue ships. :0
8 out of 10 stars. I’m not sure I would take my own boat and go into harm’s way like this. I know I would never take my children. But the bravery shown by these men is astounding. As for Churchill who abandoned our French allies, shame on you.