Flood

July 6, 2015

We stood and waited - Thames to Dunkirk p16

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


4th June 1940 – Beyond Dunkirk

June 4, 2015

TtoD p 22 detail

It wasn’t over yet. After the evacuation of Dunkirk was completed, many more troops were rescued from the northern and western coasts of France, and some were even sent back again…

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3rd June 1940 – Towards the end

June 3, 2015

The Chateau (detail from Thames to Dunkirk by Liz Mathews)

 

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2nd June 1940 – Tatter’d colours

June 2, 2015

Tatter'd colours by Liz Mathews

 

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1st June 1940 – Homeward

June 1, 2015

Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

 

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31st May 1940 – Lovely on the water

May 31, 2015

TtoD p23 detail

 

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30th May 1940 – The view from the air

May 30, 2015

Thames to Dunkirk (Dunkirk side detail)

 

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29th May 1940 – Nightmare

May 29, 2015

Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

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28th May 1940 – Out there

May 28, 2015

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27th May 1940 – An extraordinary armada

May 27, 2015

The Little Ships by Liz Mathews

 

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