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War and Conflict, World War II, pic: 3rd June 1940, The Battle of Dunkirk, French colonial troops on board a train at Paddock Wood station having been rescued from the debacle at Dunkirk, The Battle of Dunkirk, (which took place approx, 25th May - 3rd June 1940 was one of trying to extricate the British Expeditionary Force and otherAllied troops from a hopeless situation, when they had been "squeezed" into a small area around Dunkirk with no hope of escape, by the vastly superior German mechanized forces, The call was made for every ship and boat to leave from Britain to save as many soldiers as possible, and despite the British leaving behind most of it's equipment, over 338, 000 Allied troops were brought back to England (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

War and Conflict, World War II, pic: 3rd June 1940, The Battle of Dunkirk, French colonial troops on board a train at Paddock Wood station having been rescued from the debacle at Dunkirk, The Battle of Dunkirk, (which took place approx, 25th May - 3rd June 1940 was one of trying to extricate the British Expeditionary Force and otherAllied troops from a hopeless situation, when they had been "squeezed" into a small area around Dunkirk with no hope of escape, by the vastly superior German mechanized forces, The call was made for every ship and boat to leave from Britain to save as many soldiers as possible, and despite the British leaving behind most of it's equipment, over 338, 000 Allied troops were brought back to England  (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)