Escape from Dunkirk.

Discussion in '1940' started by Peter Clare, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Tonight UK. TV. Channel 5. 7.30pm - 8.00pm

    Escape from Dunkirk

    Historian Saul David continues his series on amazing escapes throughout history by examining the Allied evacuation of 340,000 troops from the Dunkirk beaches in 1940. Trapped on three sides by an advancing German army and facing certain defeat, the soldiers were rescued by an armada of 643 navy and civilian vessels which were at the mercy of German bombers

    Not sure if this is a repeat but it might be worth watching.
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers for that...Just Sky + it :)
  3. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Did anyone watch a docu drama about Dunkirk in three parts. Retreat, Escape and Deliverance.

    Very moving and well made I thought.

    Will certainly tape the one mentioned by Peter.
  4. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    TV is of course a matter of subjective taste - but I didn't like the three-parter "Dunkirk" It was all full of tight camera angles focusing on faces in closeup three-quarter the Beeb didn't have to spend on detail LOL And "best" of all was the amazing soundtrack...that some BBC executive had decided was redolent of the modern world at war...

    Next time you have a chance to watch it - listen very carefully...helicopter rotor blades???

    Suprisingly - and I've just by chance watched it a couple of times in the last few days - the best reconstruction is still the original 1950's feature film with John Mills etc.
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I liked the short section on Wormhoult and brief interview with Burt Evans.

    Was it me or was one of the opening clips of American troops marching down a road?

    The soldiers had the British style helmet (Americans had a similiar type in 1940 I believe) but they were wearing gaiters upto the shin rather than ankle gaiters or puttees which made me think American.

    I noticed another two clips one of British Paras (I was thinking Arnhem) and another of British soldiers with helmet camm (Made me think D-Day)


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