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Dunkirk Collection

"Dunkirk: A Testament to Courage and Resilience in the Face of Adversity" In one of the most remarkable events of World War Two, the Dunkirk evacuation

Background imageDunkirk Collection: SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c. 1940

SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c. 1940
This image shows SS St Julien at Newport Docks following her conversion into a hospital ship, as denoted by the red cross painted on the side of her hull

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Small boats used in the Dunkirk evacuation, WW2

Small boats used in the Dunkirk evacuation, WW2
A convoy of small boats which had been used in the Dunkirk evacuation, seen here on 9 June passing Lambeth Bridge, on the River Thames in London. Date: 1940

Background imageDunkirk Collection: The Dunkirk evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo, also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk

The Dunkirk evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo, also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk

Background imageDunkirk Collection: SS St Julien at the Banana Dock in Dieppe c. 1939

SS St Julien at the Banana Dock in Dieppe c. 1939
SS St Julien is pictured here at the Banana Dock in Dieppe during her service as a hospital ship. St Julien was built in 1925 as a vessel to serve the GWRs Weymouth route

Background imageDunkirk Collection: John Mills Bernard Lee and Sean Barrett

John Mills Bernard Lee and Sean Barrett
as Corporal Bins Charles Foreman and Frankie in a scene from Dunkirk (1958)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Newspaper front cover: evacuation of Dunkirk, 1940

Newspaper front cover: evacuation of Dunkirk, 1940
" Through an inferno of bombs and shells, the B.E.F is crossing the Channel from Dunkirk-in historys strangest armada

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkirk evacuation in World War Two

Dunkirk evacuation in World War Two
Like a Regatta: the embarkation of the British Expeditionary Force by small boats from the Dunkirk beaches. Swarms of light craft taking off Allied troops to larger ships

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkirk Evacuation

Dunkirk Evacuation
FRANCE : Beaten back by the German advance, the British evacuate mainland Europe via the beaches of DUNKIRK, under heavy attacks from the enemy

Background imageDunkirk Collection: British airship Beta at Firminy, France, WW1

British airship Beta at Firminy, France, WW1
The British airship Beta (HMA No. 17) on the landing ground at Firminy near Dunkirk, northern France, during the First World War

Background imageDunkirk Collection: WW2 Dunkirk 1940 war on the beaches

WW2 Dunkirk 1940 war on the beaches

Background imageDunkirk Collection: A wide shot of Richard Attenborough

A wide shot of Richard Attenborough
in a scene from Dunkirk (1958)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Equipment left at Dunkirk WWII

Equipment left at Dunkirk WWII
Equipment left at Dunkirk including this destroyed British flak gun during World War II

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Tank at Dunkirk WWII

Tank at Dunkirk WWII
Tank positioned by the coast at Dunkirk during World War II

Background imageDunkirk Collection: HMS Wakeful - W-Class Destroyer

HMS Wakeful - W-Class Destroyer Date: 1939

Background imageDunkirk Collection: A table containing details of the main maritime ports that are represented in the map of

A table containing details of the main maritime ports that are represented in the map of the English Channel
7339430 A table containing details of the main maritime ports that are represented in the map of the English Channel, c.1780 (paper, linen) by Unknown artist

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: La Place Jean-Bart (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: La Place Jean-Bart (b/w photo)
8640208 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: La Place Jean-Bart (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: La Place Jean-Bart)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Eglise Saint-Eloi (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Eglise Saint-Eloi (b/w photo)
8640204 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Eglise Saint-Eloi (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: L'Eglise Saint-Eloi)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Malo-les-Bains: La Plage (b/w photo)

Malo-les-Bains: La Plage (b/w photo)
8640219 Malo-les-Bains: La Plage (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: La Plage)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Silver salt cellar showing the arcades of the Palais Royal, designed by Grancher

Silver salt cellar showing the arcades of the Palais Royal, designed by Grancher, jeweller at Pete-Dunkirk
FLO4671778 Silver salt cellar showing the arcades of the Palais Royal, designed by Grancher, jeweller at Pete-Dunkirk. Handcoloured lithograph from Fashions and Customs of Marie Antoinette

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Malo-les-Bains: Le Casino (b/w photo)

Malo-les-Bains: Le Casino (b/w photo)
8640216 Malo-les-Bains: Le Casino (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Casino)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Theatre (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Theatre (b/w photo)
8640214 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Theatre (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Theatre)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: This Mechanized Age, 1937: Train Ferry (colour litho)

This Mechanized Age, 1937: Train Ferry (colour litho)
8657529 This Mechanized Age, 1937: Train Ferry (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Train Ferry)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Malo-les-Bains: La Place Turenne (b/w photo)

Malo-les-Bains: La Place Turenne (b/w photo)
8640220 Malo-les-Bains: La Place Turenne (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: La Place Turenne)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Marche aux Poissons et le Beffroi (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Marche aux Poissons et le Beffroi (b/w photo)
8640215 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Marche aux Poissons et le Beffroi (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Marche aux Poissons et le Beffroi)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Caserne Jean-Bart (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Caserne Jean-Bart (b/w photo)
8640210 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Caserne Jean-Bart (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Caserne Jean-Bart)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Vue de l'Hopital (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Vue de l'Hopital (b/w photo)
8640206 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Vue de l'Hopital (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Vue de l'Hopital)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Hotel de Ville et la Rue de l'Eglise (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Hotel de Ville et la Rue de l'Eglise (b/w photo)
8640205 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Hotel de Ville et la Rue de l'Eglise (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Avenue de la Gare, Le Pont Thiers, La Sous, Prefecture (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Avenue de la Gare, Le Pont Thiers, La Sous, Prefecture (b/w photo)
8640203 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Avenue de la Gare, Le Pont Thiers, La Sous, Prefecture (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: L'Avenue de la Gare)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Russian foreign policy, Nicholas II (1868 - 1919)

Russian foreign policy, Nicholas II (1868 - 1919)
2603826 Russian foreign policy, Nicholas II (1868 - 1919); (add.info.: Russian foreign policy. Nicholas II (1868 - 1919) Tsar of Russia from 1894, arriving at Dunkirk, France, on a state visit

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque (engraving)

Dunkerque (engraving)
8638094 Dunkerque (engraving) by French School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Dunkerque. Illustration for Dictionnaire Universel Illustre De La Geographie et Des Voyages)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Avenue de la Gare (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Avenue de la Gare (b/w photo)
8640218 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: L'Avenue de la Gare (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: L'Avenue de la Gare)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: A Sea Fight off Texel (colour litho)

A Sea Fight off Texel (colour litho)
8661442 A Sea Fight off Texel (colour litho) by Isabey, Eugene (1803-86) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Sea Fight off Texel)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Map of Dunkirk, 1724 (drawing)

Map of Dunkirk, 1724 (drawing)
7339801 Map of Dunkirk, 1724 (drawing) by Unknown artist, (18th century); 39x61 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: unknown Plan de Dunkerque)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Sanatorium de Zuydcoote, Cote Sud (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Sanatorium de Zuydcoote, Cote Sud (b/w photo)
8640223 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Sanatorium de Zuydcoote, Cote Sud (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Sanatorium de Zuydcoote, Cote Sud)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Panorama du Bassin du Commerce (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Panorama du Bassin du Commerce (b/w photo)
8640221 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Panorama du Bassin du Commerce (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Panorama du Bassin du Commerce)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Phare (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Phare (b/w photo)
8640217 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Le Phare (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Phare)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Malo-les-Bains: Le Chalet de la Motte (b/w photo)

Malo-les-Bains: Le Chalet de la Motte (b/w photo)
8640213 Malo-les-Bains: Le Chalet de la Motte (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Le Chalet de la Motte)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Les Jetees (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Les Jetees (b/w photo)
8640212 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Les Jetees (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Les Jetees)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Statue de la Victoire (b/w photo)

Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Statue de la Victoire (b/w photo)
8640211 Dunkerque/Dunkirk: Statue de la Victoire (b/w photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Statue de la Victoire)

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Bray Dunes, near Dunkirk, during the evacuation, WW2

Bray Dunes, near Dunkirk, during the evacuation, WW2
Members of the British Expeditionary Force at Bray Dunes, to the east of Dunkirk, northern France, during the evacuation, with men making their way into the water ready to embark onto vessels

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Map of Dunkirk area during the evacuation, WW2

Map of Dunkirk area during the evacuation, WW2
Map of the Dunkirk area in northern France during the evacuation, showing two flooded areas of low-lying meadow land which assisted in the Allied retreat. Date: 1940

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Aerial view of Dunkirk during the evacuation, WW2

Aerial view of Dunkirk during the evacuation, WW2
Aerial view of Dunkirk and harbour during the evacuation, with surrounding countryside. Date: 1940

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Map of France and Belgium, evacuation from Dunkirk, WW2

Map of France and Belgium, evacuation from Dunkirk, WW2
Map of the northern French and Belgian coast, showing the evacuation from Dunkirk and other points, and the evacuation triangle through which the Allied army retreated

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Sunset off Dunkirk during the evacuation, WW2

Sunset off Dunkirk during the evacuation, WW2
Sunset off Dunkirk, on the northern French coast, during the evacuation, with Junkers dive-bombers attacking shipping, and a paddle steamer hit and beached

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Hellfire Corner, Dover Castle, Kent, England. See other frames in this set

Hellfire Corner, Dover Castle, Kent, England. See other frames in this set showing, Dame Vera Lynn opens English Heritage Hellfire Corner at Dover Castle, Kent. England

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dame Vera Lynn opens English Heritage Hellfire Corner at Dover Castle, Kent. England

Dame Vera Lynn opens English Heritage Hellfire Corner at Dover Castle, Kent. England. Hellfire Corner is a series of secret tunnels in the famous White Cliffs under Dover Castle

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Second World War Veterans, (from left) Albert Dunn, George Russell, Bill Harrison

Second World War Veterans, (from left) Albert Dunn, George Russell, Bill Harrison, Gilbert Pearson, Alf Welch and James Connelly

Background imageDunkirk Collection: Dunkirk parade at Middlesbroughs cenotaph and war memorial on Linthorpe Road

Dunkirk parade at Middlesbroughs cenotaph and war memorial on Linthorpe Road. Circa 1975




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"Dunkirk: A Testament to Courage and Resilience in the Face of Adversity" In one of the most remarkable events of World War Two, the Dunkirk evacuation, also known as Operation Dynamo or the Miracle of Dunkirk, unfolded. As enemy forces closed in on British troops stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk, a desperate plan was hatched to rescue them using small boats. The sight of these humble vessels sailing across treacherous waters to save their fellow countrymen remains etched in history. The bravery and selflessness displayed by ordinary citizens who risked their lives to bring back soldiers is truly awe-inspiring. Amongst those involved was SS St Julien, which transformed into a hospital ship during this critical time. Its presence at Newport Docks stands as a testament to humanity's unwavering commitment towards compassion even amidst chaos. Newspaper front covers from that era capture the urgency and magnitude of this operation. The headlines tell tales of heroism and sacrifice as thousands were successfully evacuated from Dunkirk against all odds. Dunkirk serves as a reminder that war brings out both the best and worst in people. While it witnessed acts of valor like SS St Julien docking at Banana Dock in Dieppe before WWII erupted, it also left behind equipment and tanks symbolizing loss and destruction. Richard Attenborough's iconic portrayal immortalizes this historic event through his wide-shot depiction. His performance encapsulates not only the physical challenges faced but also captures the emotional toll endured by those involved. As Thames river craft return after assisting with evacuations, they carry with them stories untold – stories that speak volumes about resilience, unity, and determination exhibited during one of humanity's darkest hours. Dunkirk will forever remain etched in our collective memory as an extraordinary chapter where hope triumphed over despair. It reminds us that even when faced with insurmountable odds, courage can emerge victorious - leaving an indelible mark on the annals of history.