Huge losses

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

Op­er­a­tion Dy­namo ran from May 27 to June 4, 1940, as Ger­man forces ad­vanced to­wards the English Chan­nel.

A mixed flotilla of Bri­tish, French, Bel­gian and Dutch naval and mer­chant ships took part in the res­cue, plus 400 civil­ian craft – a to­tal of about 860 ves­sels. Of those, 243 were sunk.

In to­tal 338,226 troops were res­cued, in­clud­ing many French sol­diers.

That still left 68,000 Bri­tish sol­diers in France, either killed or taken pris­oner.

The Bri­tish Ex­pe­di­tionary Force had also lost all its equip­ment: 2,470 ar­tillery pieces, 85,000 ve­hi­cles, 445 tanks and hun­dreds of thou­sands of tons of stores and am­mu­ni­tion.

Many of the Bri­tish and French troops who re­mained in France were cap­tured by the ad­vanc­ing Ger­mans and in June 1940 France sur­ren­dered.

The D-Day land­ings in Nor­mandy in June 1944 launched a mas­sive Al­lied in­va­sion force to be­gin the cam­paign to lib­er­ate France and the rest of Europe from Nazi con­trol.

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