(the) Dunkirk spirit

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(the) Dunkirk spirit

An attitude of strength, determination, and camaraderie, especially by the British people as a whole, during a difficult and adverse time or situation. Refers to the evacuation of allied troops from Dunkirk, France, carried out by several civilian boats during World War II. Primarily heard in UK. Our country faces the worst economic crises in decades, but I remain confident that, with a bit of the Dunkirk spirit, we can come out of this stronger than ever.
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'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' which comes out two weeks prior to Dunkirk on July 7, is said to be 2 hours, 10 minutes long.
Having been nearly a fence in front at one stage, Dunkirk had reached the limit of his stamina when making a mistake six out, and had just been headed by Arkle when failing to rise at all at the next; he broke both his own neck and Rees's thigh.
Now the cast steel anchor has been returned from Dunkirk to Laird's Birkenhead shipyard by Manx Independent Carriers haulage company for restoration.
Sebag-Montefiore's powerful and evocative reconstruction of the experiences of BEF soldiers in the retreat to Dunkirk is worth reading, but it offers little that is novel or particularly insightful in explaining the calamity that befell Britain, its military, and its people in May 1940.
Both author and artist have produced a moving tribute to the Dunkirk events.
On Friday, tears were shed at a ceremony remembering the SS massacre of more than 80 British soldiers at Esquelbecq, just outside Dunkirk.
IT'S 70 years since these old soldiers were saved from the Dunkirk beach - and yesterday they returned to honour the comrades who did not make it home.
CEREMONIES marking the 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation took a sombre turn yesterday with one of the the most infamous atrocities of the war remembered.
France's Total gave official notice it would permanently shut down its Dunkirk refinery, prompting anger from workers who branded the move "unacceptable".
today announced it has closed on a $58,500,000 tax-exempt bond financing through its Dunkirk Power subsidiary.
LILLE, France: Two cargo ships crashed into each other off the French port of Dunkirk on Wednesday, breaching one of their hulls and causing a minor fuel spill, maritime officials said.
Usinor, Gaz de France and Air Liquide have announced the signing of a protocol agreement on the creation of a joint venture to be entrusted with funding, building and operating a steel industry gas recycling plant at Usinor's Dunkirk facility.
HUNDREDS of Dunkirk veterans yesterday held a memorial service at a site where British troops were massacred during the Second World War.
Spanish rule drew on reserves of popular loyalty, not just sullen acceptance: witness the exploits of the Dunkirk sailors and privateersmen described in these pages.