68,111 men of the BEF were captured or killed during Blitzkrieg, retreat and evacuation
40,000 French troops were taken into captivity when Dunkirk fell
126 merchant seamen died during the evacuation
1,000 Dunkirk citizens died during air raids on 27 May
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Gazette published the despatch that was submitted to the Lords
Commissioners of the Admiralty on the 18th June 1940
Churchill's edited speech in the House of Commons on June 4th 1940
In the early hours of 29 May the destroyer Wakeful was torpedoed and sank in 15 seconds with the loss of 600 lives
338,226 Troops where evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk from May 26th to June 4th 1940.
making their way to Dunkirk
98,780 men were lifted from the beaches; 239,446 from the harbour and mole (a wooden breakwater protecting the harbour) at Dunkirk
933 ships took part in Operation Dynamo, of which 236 were lost and 61 put out of action
47,081 men embarked from the mole during the devastating air raid of 1 June
The early part of the evacuation used a wood harbour come jetty (Mole) but this was bombed by the Luftwaffe. The problem was how to get the troops on to the the Navy destroyers as these could not get in close to the beaches.
The answer was a fleet of small vessels that where able to get in close to the beaches and pluck the British (and French) troops to safety and home. These vessels where commandeered by the Navy and consisted of all kinds of small craft from river launches and pleasure boats to Thames barges and tugs These vessels were to become known as : The Dunkirk Little Ships
Vice admiral Ramsay, who was in charge of Operation Dynamo only expected to evacuate 30,000 troops In fact over 300,000 troops were saved.
The BEF left the following equipment
behind in France, much of it to be recycled by the German Army -
76,097 tons of ammunition
416,940 tons of stores
The number of little boats that sailed on their own initiative will never be known