Seven Times ‘Dunkirk’ Got History Wrong

Today marks the end of the near miraculous evacuation of 338,000 British and French soldiers from Dunkirk in 1940. Many readers will have seen Christopher Nolan’s fine film Dunkirk. We recommend it.

Based on the real-life Operation Dynamo,  follows the evacuation from a French beach in the opening stages of WWII. Visually, it’s a masterpiece, and one of the most unique wartime films to date. And for the most part, the movie sticks religiously to the facts, taking inspiration from actual wartime photos to frame the action. Even that weird-looking sailboat at the end was there. But it doesn’t get everything right. Here are all the ways Dunkirk manipulated those historical events…

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