Dunkirk 1940 photos some never before seen.

Discussion in '1940' started by morrisc8, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    Brest, but a DYNAMO casualty: the scuttled Cyclone, June 1940. upload_2021-4-12_20-6-26.png
    Twitter find.

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    The French Navy in World War II by Rear Admiral Paul Auphan and Jacques Mordal (2016), p.78.
     
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  2. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Vehicle pier at De Panne.
    Photo from my collection.
    Keith
    dunkirk sea trucks beach kb.jpg
     
  3. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    1940 Dunkirk Town and Beach after the British Evacuation, Rare Colour Home Movie

     
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  4. vermesch

    vermesch Member

    Yes its Dunkerque ...west mole near the new lock...
     
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  5. vermesch

    vermesch Member

    Tixier lock and east mole
     
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  6. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    This will be on TV. I did send them some photos so will see if they used any.
    THE SECRET HISTORY OF WORLD WAR 2- TX on 5SELECT
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    Good Afternoon,

    I am delighted to be able to give you a transmission date for the series we made last year entitled SECRET HISTORY OF WW2.

    The series will start on Tues 4th May at 2100 on 5 SELECT. Running for 6 weeks consecutively. 5Select listings can be found here 5 Select - Channel 5

    We do not have an advance running order, but Episode one is listed as DUNKIRK.
    The channel can be found in the following places:

    FREEVIEW
    55

    SKY
    153

    VIRGIN MEDIA
    152

    TALKTALK TV
    55

    FREESAT
    133
    The Channel select the final running order, so please do keep an eye on their listings...as they do update them regularly.

    Many thanks, we hope you enjoy the programme!

    The SWW2 Production Team, Woodcut Media
     
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  7. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Two more photos of the Block ships. Photos from my collection.
    Keith
    blockships dunkirk kb.1.jpg blockships dunkirk 1940. sunk 4.jpg
     
  8. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    THE SECRET HISTORY OF WORLD WAR 2 on tonight Dunkirk at 9pm
    FREEVIEW
    55
    SKY
    153
    VIRGIN MEDIA
    152
    TALKTALK TV
    55
    FREESAT
    133
     
  9. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Glad they used some of my photos. Think they used 6 photos. THE SECRET HISTORY OF WORLD WAR 2 . Dunkirk.
    Keith
    british pows 1940 bef photo..jpg british pows a.jpg british french pows 1940 bef.jpg
     
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  10. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Nice photos Keith but I would imagine programme was a lot of old ground for most 1940 'enthusiasts' .
    Note it is being packaged as a schools programme , hope a new generation don't think 'Hitler saved the BEF '.

    I found the lady who as a baby was saved from the Lancastria sinking story interesting .
    Not least because in the 1990s I remember a family friend Ron Hall who was on the Lancastria when it sank saying he had helped to save a baby who was in a cot that a few of them kept above water . Maybe the same lady.

    Craig
     
  11. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    At least they put the French in as well. I thought the baby who was saved, was good too. THE SECRET HISTORY OF WORLD WAR 2 . Dunkirk. Quote [ hope a new generation don't think 'Hitler saved the BEF '.]
    some think it helped a bit. I think it was hard to know, what to keep out of the programme. I should have sent a photo of British troops Drinking water out of a bowl and you can see one knocked over.
    The programme was just about some of the secrets , i must have have over 1500 photos at least on the BEF in 1940 and over 4,000 in all from ww1 to the 1950s. I think us lot who on this forum could make a good programme or two.
    Photos from my collection of POWs at Le Bourg
    Keith
    pows in street Le Bourg Dun 1940 photo 2 (2018_02_04 16_39_48 UTC).jpg pows in street Le Bourg Dun 1940 photo 1 (2018_02_04 16_39_48 UTC).jpg pows in street Le Bourg Dun 1940 photo 3 (2018_04_25 09_50_13 UTC).jpg
     
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  12. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    The programme did not give the background of the baby who was rescued. I think her civilian parents may have a connection with Fairy Aviation (Belgium) which with a core of British aviation manpower were building the Battle aircraft under licence at Ghent for the Belgium Air Force. A number of the British staff of the Belgium Fairy company were known to be at St Nazaire for evacuation from there and were caught up n the Lancastria incident.

    As regards the happenings as St Valery en Caux, I note that Sean Longden had an input on the programme. His "Dunkirk. The Men they Left Behind" is very informative on the subject and outlines the brutality that British POWs had to endure in the forced marches into captivity.
     
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  13. Osborne2

    Osborne2 Well-Known Member

    For the loss of HMT Lancastria, may I commend the collected first hand accounts of survivors in The Loss of Lancastria , John L West ed. Millgate pub, Bury 1988. West was also a survivor.
     
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  14. pete mully

    pete mully New Member

    some of the the men on board the ship in this photo below wittnessed the sinking of the Lancastra the photo was taken on the 12 th or 13 june 1940 in le harve harbour if any one has seen this photo before and wondered who the soldiers were or were it was taken i can identify 2 of soldiers seen in the photo one is my late father george mulholland and the other one is his best mate in the army freddie crooks freddie came from befast they were both gunners in the royal artillery they were both listed as missing /killed in action together some time around 20th may 1940 they ended up being more or less press ganged into a ad hoc unit of soldiers from diffirent regiments called Arc force george is the soldier seen sitting down with no tin hat on he has curlry hair and has 2 rifles leaning next to him he is on the extreme left of the photo his best mate freddie crooks is the soldier seen leaning against the rail of the ship with a tin hat on freddie is turned towards george it looks like they are chatting they both wittnesed the sinking of the lancastra on the 17 of june
     

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  15. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    John West's publication is a first class account of the those who lived to tell of the ordeal. I think it came about through the Lancastria Association which used to have a memorial and wreath laying ceremony at Pornic Cemetery on 17 June each year.

    Down the Atlantic Coast as far as the Charente Maritime. local cemeteries are the resting place of many victims, both known and unknown all date of death recorded as 17 June 1940.

    I found it interesting to follow by Michelin map, the various routes in detail that units and stragglers made to arrive at St Nazaire from their personal accounts.
     
  16. Osborne2

    Osborne2 Well-Known Member

    Pete Mulley. I don't quite follow you. These men in Ark Force at Le Havre were a long way from St Nazaire where the Lancastria went down.
     
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  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    IWM says that photo was taken in Cherbourg.
    DUNKIRK AND THE RETREAT FROM FRANCE 1940 | Imperial War Museums (iwm.org.uk)
    British troops on the deck of a ship watch stores burning ashore during the evacuation of Cherbourg, 13 June 1940.
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    DUNKIRK AND THE RETREAT FROM FRANCE 1940. © IWM (F 4869) IWM Non Commercial License
     
  18. pete mully

    pete mully New Member

    The ship /boat they are on is at Le Harve its not cherburg it some times gets listed as being cherburg but its wrong the correct details about the photo being taken at le harve are listed in a book which mentions the evacuation of arc force and the date of the photo ,the boat they are on in the photo did not sail back to england when it did sail it sailed along the french coast untill it got to St Nazaire
     
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  19. pete mully

    pete mully New Member

    The ship /boat they got on was at Le Harve i think this photo some times get listed as being at cherburg the correct details about the photo being taken at le harve are listed in a book which mentions the evacuation of arc force the date and gives the location the photo was taken as being Le harve i do agree its a litle bit confusing ,but the boat they are on in the photo did not sail back to england when it sailed it sailed along the french coast untill it got to St Nazaire i think this may of been because of orders from churchill at the time he still thought we could hold on to western france as we still had troops there and were also still sending troops and stores there
     
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  20. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Pete Mully- always nice to hear someone with a direct connection to the 1940 photos and to put a name to the men. Particularly on such a well known and many times published photo.
    Craig
     
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