Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dunkirk Redux

 
In a recreation of Dunkirk, Brits try to rescue fellow Brits stranded in France due to the volcano.

And the French were just as helpful as in the past.

 



 

NY Times: 'Little Ships' Rerun Finds Its Own Dunkirk

DOVER, England — Few moments in modern British history are more iconic than the evacuation of the British expeditionary force of nearly 340,000 troops in the spring of 1940 from the beaches of Dunkirk, 22 miles across the Channel from the white chalk cliffs that overlook this ancient port town. At the time, Winston Churchill called it "a miracle of deliverance."
 
This time, the effort centered on a group of men in a flotilla of inflatable speedboats who set out from Dover to ferry some of their stranded compatriots home from the rail and ferry chaos created by the cloud of volcanic ash that has shut down much of Europe's air traffic. British newspapers have calculated that the shutdown has stranded up to a million British travelers, counting those whose outbound flights have been canceled and those abroad trying to get home.
 
But after hours of fruitless negotiation, the organizers of the modern evacuation venture were defeated by an adversary that prevailed where Hitler's battalions and dive bombers failed. The opposing force on this occasion was a small regiment of unimpressed French harbor and immigration officials, who met the Englishmen and their 30-foot boats in the harbor at Calais with a resolute "Non!"
 

full @
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/world/europe/19evacuation.html



 
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