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Mar 3, 2017

In 1940, the war was going very badly for the Allies. The Germans had raced across Europe and by late May they had pushed the British Expeditionary Force and the French Army into a small area in and around Dunkirk. 

In wartime ordinary men and women are asked to do extraordinary things. This is the story of the part some Isle of Wight British merchant sailors played in rescuing allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk – in Operation Dynamo.

The third in a special Dunkirk series. Recommended that you also listen to Podcast Episodes 9 and 10 in this WWII series

Great unpublished history

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Below: WWII little ship The Bee in Newport Harbour at low tide, after a repaint in 1961 - ww2 podcast, Photo Roger Wills.

The Bee in Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight, at low tide, after a repaint in 1961, WW2 podcast



Rita Cooper
over two years ago

What a lovely story, it brought back memories of my Dad as he was in he BEF and was rescued from Dunkirk. He was in the Royal Engineers and later joined the Dunkirk Veterans, which sadly disbanded due to few still alive.
My Dad wrote a few poems which I treasure. If you would like to have a copy I would gladly send to you. Yours Rita Cooper