The Allies have flooded Dunkirk on both sides of the town; the town is in ruins; they are holding the port while men of the B.E.F., protected by naval and air forces, embark for England – that is to say, while exhausted men stagger to the beaches of Dunkirk, and there, with no other cover than the sand dunes, await their chance to get on something that will take them over water.
So Sarah Gertrude Millin wrote on 1 June 1940, in World Blackout, her record of the first year of the war. The story of why the exhausted men were there, how many of them got away, and what happened after Dunkirk is told here on The Dunkirk Project, day-by-day as it happened – vivid eye-witness accounts and contemporary commentary on one of the most extraordinary, celebrated and misunderstood events ever to happen to over 300,000 people at once.
Click on The Dunkirk Project for an introduction and highlight contributions;
on Thames to Dunkirk for a page-by-page tour of my 17 metre-long artist’s book;
on River of Stories for the story of Dunkirk 1940 unfolding day-by-day, or on each of the day-pages in the page list above left;
and on 4th June 1940 – Beyond Dunkirk for what happened afterwards including the unsung rescue operations that saved nearly a quarter of a million more people after Dunkirk.
Liz Mathews 2015