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Dunkirk - 70 Years Ago

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Dunkirk - 70 Years Ago

A flotilla of small boats will be sailing from Ramsgate to Dunkirk today to mark the 70th anniversary of Operation Dynamo that rescued 338,000 soldiers from the beaches.
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Re: Dunkirk - 70 Years Ago

Watched  a little on the news this morning.
One guy's Father who was involved in the rescue had been given a torch and told to get in his boat and sail to the smoke on the horizon which was Dunkirk. Undecided
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Yes I saw that Strat.  Guess that was part of the 'Dunkirk Spirit'.  Wink
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  Heard the interview on the Today program, quite poignant.
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I and some mates used to holiday on a converted fishing ketch that had been to Dunkirk, she was called 'Our Lizzie' in those days but we knew her as 'Freebooter' who plied out of Dartmouth and Falmouth.  We pulled into one of the small coastal havens on the Cornish coast one evening (3 rules on the boat: 1. Dry boat, 2. Boat anchored up, crew shat, shaved and showered by 6.00pm opening time and 3. When Skipper says "Jump": jump.) to see a rather fancy yacht with a Royal Yacht Club pennant flying from her masthead.  This was considered rather infra dig by most seamen, Ok when around the club and involved in club regattas etc. but too much like showing off in the havens that we frequented.  "Stuck up ******" says Skipper, "I'll show him." and he hunted through the flags locker and came up with the Dunkirk pennant which we gleefully ran up to the masthead.  Owner of fancy yacht, who had been sunning himself on deck, was seen to go below and come up with his book of flags, look through them and then go below from whence he didn't stir 'til after we left the following morning.
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There was a long article in the Mail today, pointing out the almost forgotten contribution paid in many many lives of the rearguard action that slowed the German army down to allow the evacuation to succeed. Assisted by the RAF, who were later often castigated by those on the evacuation beaches as they mostly couldn't see the vital work they were doing.
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Very true - we forget those who gave their lives allowing the evacuation to succeed.
Shame we won't be in Dunkerque until 1st July as would have loved to see the flotilla come in.