Operation Dynamo War Museum
Coutines du Bastion 32
Rue des Chantiers de France
Tel: Tourist Office 00 33(0) 3 28 66 79 21
Entry: Adults 3,50 euros, kids under 12 years go free
Open: Daily from April to September from 10am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 5pm
Everyone has heard of the Battle of Dunkirk (May 28th to June 4th 1940) where allied troops were caught between the German troops and the sea. Death at the hands of the Germans seemed certain.
Back on UK shores Admiral Ramsay had conjured up and was putting into action the audacious Operation Dynamo to save the troops by sending boats to bring them to British shores.
All available boats, ships and other sailing vessels, including those of private owners were commandeered for this effort. As a result 340,000 allied soldiers including 120,000 French soldiers and a few thousand Belgians, were evacuated from Dunkirk before the town fell.
This amazing museum, housed in what was the headquarters of the French army in 1939, zones in the this small period of time during World War II between May 28th and June 4th 1940. It documents The Battle of Dunkirk and the lead up to Operation Dynamo, and tells the story of the the efforts made and offers some analysis.