Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Battle of Dunkirk

Date of Issue: May 13, 2010

Received this PHQ card addressed to me with the same stamp fixed on other side, from Ms. Eileen, UK through

Royal Mail brought a special issue of 8 stamps and a miniature sheet with 4 stamps on "Britain Alone". It is Royal Mail’s tribute, 70 years on, to those who stood proud and defiant against the Axis powers in the dark days of 1940.
The Battle of Dunkirk was a battle in the Second World War between the Allies and Germany. A part of the Battle of France on the Western Front, the Battle of Dunkirk was the defence and evacuation of British and allied forces in Europe from 24 May-4 June 1940.

The above stamp shows two boats packed with evacuees from Dunkirk, France heading back to UK.
                                  British propaganda later exploited the successful evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, and particularly the role of the "Dunkirk little ships", very effectively. Many of the "little ships" were private vessels such as fishing boats and pleasure cruisers, but commercial vessels such as ferries also contributed to the force, including a number from as far away as the Isle of Man and Glasgow. These smaller vessels, guided by naval craft across the Channel from the Thames Estuary and from Dover, assisted in the official evacuation. Being able to reach much closer in the beachfront shallows than larger craft, the "little ships" acted as shuttles to and from the larger craft, lifting troops who were queuing in the water, many waiting shoulder-deep in water for hours. The term "Dunkirk Spirit" still refers to a popular belief in the solidarity of the British people in times of adversity.

Source: Wikipedia,

1 comment:

  1. I'm living in Dunkirk and I like it !!
    Progressions in Port's activities are very interesting such as Building of a LNG's terminal containers terminal, Ore terminal, ...
    I was working in Japan during construction of LNG Tankers for Japan and I was on board for sea trials of some of them in 1998 (if I remind correctly) and I have in my home one photo of the AL RAYYAN LNG tanker.
    The battle of Dunkirk, I know well even if I was born in 1945 !! There are many exposition as souvenirs for this moment and I heard that if that battle was not The "Debarquement" in 1944 would not have been been possible !! Thank You my mail address is


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