The remarkable evacuation of Allied forces from the beaches of northern France, known as Operation Dynamo and the Miracle of Dunkirk, took place 79 years ago between May 27 and June 4, 1940.

British, French and Belgian troops were trapped by the invading German army on the coast of France in the area around Dunkirk, when hundreds of fishing boats, pleasure yachts and lifeboats, known as "The Little Ships," crossed the Channel from southern England to France over the course of nine days to evacuate them. Over 330,000 troops were rescued.