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Dunkirk - More Than Just a Movie

Dunkirk, the new movie from Christopher Nolan is released in the UK on July 21st and is likely to stimulate an increase in Dover to Dunkirk ferry crossings.

Dunkirk (or Dunkerque) is a ferry port in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. It sits around 10km from the Belgian border.

The new film, which was shot in Dorset, Holland, the USA and Dunkirk, depicts one of the many events of World War II. In May 1940 as Germany advanced into France, British and French forces orchestrated the evacuation of troops from the Dunkirk beaches, using every type of serviceable naval and civilian vessel available.

The mission took 9 days from the 26th May until the 4th June. An unbelievable 330,000 French, Belgian, Dutch and British soldiers were safely evacuated. Three routes were used for evacuating the vessels, ranging from 43 to 64 miles.

"Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ships played a huge role, rescuing nearly 25,000 Allied soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk" BBC News

In Dunkirk, the Dunkirk Memorial commemorates the 4,505 missing dead of the British Expeditionary Force, most of whom fell prior to and during the Battle of Dunkirk in 1939 and 1940.

Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' tells the tale of Operation Dynamo from three perspectives - the land, sea and the air. It contains little dialogue and creates suspense solely through the details. In total over 6000 extras were used and boats that had actually participated in the real Dunkirk evacuation will be featured.

The Dover to Dunkirk ferry service provided by DFDS takes approximately 2 hours with frequent daily crossings. The Dunkirk freight ferry terminal facilities include toilets, showers and vending machines.

13 July 2017

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