On this date in 1940 the British started to remove their forces from the European contentment. German naval forces did not know how to respond to the civilian response in evacuating the British armed forces. In the end, they did very little, letting an army to escape for another day.
This marked a retreat that was not answered until slightly more than 4 years later. What was remarkable about Dunkirk (Brit spelling) and D-Day was that the Allied plan was to initiate D-Day exactly four years after the retreat of British forces from Europe. The schedule was only altered by the fortunes of weather at that time.
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