In the spring of 1940 the German army overran country after country as Hitler pursued his ambition of making Germany the most powerful state in Europe.
On the 20th May the Germans reached the sea at Abbeville. The British army and many French units were isolated from the main French army to the south. Lord Gort turned to the navy to evacuate his men. The navy responded with Operation Dynamo, a hastily put together plan which involved getting the army on to ships in Dunkirk Harbour while a rearguard held off the advancing Germans.
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