Military History

10 stunning photos show dramatic evacuation of Dunkirk in colour

By , Metro.co.uk assistant editor<p>Incredible colour pictures showing the dramatic evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II have emerged on the …

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Was the First Battle of Bull Run Really ‘The Picnic Battle’?

Nobody realized that the battle fought at Bull Run on July 21, 1861, was going to be remembered as the first gory conflict in a long and bloody …

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Dunkirk’s “mole” isn’t a spy. But if you missed that detail, you’re not alone.

A key detail in Christopher Nolan’s film might slip past many American viewers.<p>Christopher Nolan’s film <i>Dunkirk</i> runs along three parallel time tracks, and early in the film, those tracks are indicated by supertitles on the screen. One of those supertitles refers to “the mole.”<p>If you’re American but …

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WWII: US Submarine Deck Guns Attacked Japan

Sebastien Roblin [2]<p>In the closing months of World War II, heavy losses and depleted fuel stocks kept many of Japan’s remaining combat aircraft …

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'I had to photograph this shocking event.' What one journalist remembers 50 years after the Detroit riots

In 1967, a young photographer working for a suburban Michigan newspaper lived just blocks from the flash point of what would become one of the most destructive riots in U.S. history. James Hubbard was one of the first journalists on the scene, and for five days he chronicled violence that left 43 …

Policing

See Harrowing Footage of the Real Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940

Members of Royal Ulster Rifles waiting on improvised pier of lorries to evacuate Dunkirk during low tide.<br>H.E.N. Bredin/The LIFE Picture …

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Light everything on fire: What would have happened had the Nazis invaded Britain

Print<p>The movie <i>Dunkirk</i>, opening today, is a big budget Christopher Nolan epic about Operation Dynamo, the miraculous 1940 evacuation of 300,000 troops …

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The Battle of Dunkirk: 'Who lives if England dies?'

From the archives in 1940: As Allied troops flee Dunkirk, former British MP and Canadian-born journalist Beverly Baxter describes a nation facing the …

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Dunkirk: the Little Ships that bought our soldiers home and inspired a film

<b>This piece was first published in 2015 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation and is being republished to coincide with the opening of the new Christopher Nolan film, Dunkirk.</b><p>All week, the pleasure cruiser Marsayru has puttered down the River Thames towards the English Channel.<p>She …

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The Dunkirk evacuation, and why it was a near-miracle for England and Churchill

<i>Best Defense is on summer hiatus. During this restful spell we offer re-runs from the past 12 months. This item originally ran on May 24, 2017.</i><p><i>Tom</i> …

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World War II-Era Secret Road Found in Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—According to a report in <i>The Herald Sun</i>, a team of Australian researchers is exploring an obscure road built by the Japanese army …

Archaeology

A World War II history of the soul

“I am a historian of the soul,” the journalist Svetlana Alexievich wrote in her journal at some point between 1978 and 1985.<p>From any other writer, …

Boston

Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' Is a WWII Movie That'll Scare the Hell Out of You

Note: This article contains some mild spoilers for <i>Dunkirk</i>.<p><i>Dunkirk</i> is an epic film set during wartime, but it is not an "epic war film." A movie needs …

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Dunkirk is unlike any war movie ever seen, a stirring portrait of courage from Christopher Nolan

Ever since Christopher Nolan’s latest movie was announced, it was a bit of a mystery. Nolan has become the A-list director who will attract an …

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5 Surprising Facts About the Battle of Dunkirk | Mental Floss

With the release of Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed <i>Dunkirk</i>, the world’s attention is once again focused on the historic events recounted in …

History

The Unwomanly Face of War

By <b>Elaine Margolin</b><p>(Penguin Random House)<p>To see long excerpts from “The Unwomanly Face of War” at Google Books, click here.<p><b>“The Unwomanly Face of War:</b> …

Liberal POV

The History Behind The Movie 'Dunkirk'

This week, theaters across the world will show <i>Dunkirk,</i> a motion picture about one of the most unlikely and incredible series of events in the history …

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On the Beach

Deep space was where Christopher Nolan boldly chose to go for his last feature, “Interstellar” (2014). Now he has aimed for shallow waters. Most of “Dunkirk” is set on and off the beaches of northern France, close to the Belgian border—a perilous place to be, in late May and early June of 1940. The …

Tom Hardy

'Dunkirk' Review: An Arthouse Masterpiece Delivered By Way of Summer Blockbuster

The "providential fog" that allowed General George Washington to save his army with a miraculous nighttime crossing over the East River while …

Conservative POV

One of the world’s largest Nazi bunkers has been transformed into a museum — take a look inside

During World War II, about 200 concrete bunkers for Nazi soldiers were built along the Danish coast.<p>Denmark's largest was the Tirpitz Bunker, which measured 7,500 square feet and was located in Blåvand. Named after a German battleship, the bunker never saw military action. Nazi soldiers abandoned …

History

What happened to the French army after Dunkirk

The evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in May 1940 from Dunkirk by a flotilla of small ships has entered British folklore. Dunkirk, …

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What to Know About the Miraculous True Story Behind 'Dunkirk'

The story of the World War II evacuation at Dunkirk — the subject of Christopher Nolan's well-reviewed new film — starts well before the men who were …

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The USSR’s Air-Dropped Fighting Vehicles Tore Through Cold War Conflicts

Since the 1970s, the Russian military has possessed a diverse fleet of armored vehicles it can drop out of airplanes … with parachutes, of course.<p>The …

War

Donald Trump Again Shows That He Knows Nothing About U.S. or World History

It is far from the first time Trump has displayed a greater appetite to talk about world history than learn about it.

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Wake Island-US Marines Sank Japan Destroyers

DoD News, Defense Media Activity / Published June 7, 2017<p>The story of the Wake Island defenders in December 1941 has inspired generations of …

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'Dunkirk' Reminds Leaders That Words Can Inspire A Nation

<i>Rolling Stone</i> calls “Dunkirk” the greatest war movie ever. Director Christopher Nolan has made a film that’s “stunning and stirring,” according to the review. Nolan was captivated by the “Dunkirk spirit” that marked the massive and heroic World War II rescue that took place from May 26 to June 4, …

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Battle of Peach Tree Creek

During the night of July 19-20, Gen. John Bell Hood met with his corps commanders to discuss his battle plan: Lt. William J. Hardee and Gen. …

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Dunkirk's forgotten heroes: The brave men who saved more than 300,000 troops

In 1940, the soldiers from this battalion fought to the last to save more than 300,000 troops during the evacuation of Dunkirk. Most of them did not make it home.<p>The word ‘Dunkirk’ evokes an enduring romantic myth: that the triumphant rescue of the British Army from the Dunkirk beaches and jetty, …

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WW II Carrier in Midway Under Attack

James Holmes [2]<p>If Midway deserves a place mainly for technical reasons, the Essex-class carrier Franklin earns laurels for the resiliency of her …

Military

Dunkirk was a victory for morale but ultimately a humiliating military defeat

For Britons, Dunkirk is one of the proudest moments of World War II. The evacuation of 338,226 troops and other personnel from the beaches of …

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