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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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The story of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from the beaches of Dunkirk in June 1940 is told in Mick Manning's memoir of his uncle, Gil, a Dunkirk veteran.
British, French, Canadian and Belgian soldiers were rescued from Dunkirk beaches between May 26 and June 4, 1940.
MEDALS: Old soldiers at the Dunkirk ceremony yesterday HOMAGE: A veteran salutes at memorial where wreaths mark anniversary
The vessels, many of which were private fishing and pleasure boats, set sail from Ramsgate in Kent in the morning on their eight-hour voyage and were escorted to Dunkirk by Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth.
Workers at Total's French refineries initially carried out a week-long strike to protest against plans to close the Dunkirk plant, threatening French fuel supply, but later gave up in return for guarantees on the future of the five other plants.
Bank of America underwrote the transaction and Dunkirk Power is responsible for making all interest and principal payments on the bonds.
The Scot Isles, which had been heading for Anvers in Belgium, sailed into Dunkirk under its own power, escorted by a tug boat and a customs launch.
A hundred British soldiers, mainly from the Norfolk Regiment, were massacred at the village by German troops as they closed in on Dunkirk in 1940, said the association's assistant chaplain, Stanley Allen, 81.
A former corporal with the Royal Engineers and the 4th Royal Infantry, he said the film was a realistic interpretation of the horrors soldiers faced on the beach at Dunkirk in 1940.
Dunkirk was always in my mind as a lad, particularly at Christmas when Dad's stump sock became the Christmas stocking because the orange fitted at the bottom.
Poor Nigel, within minutes of his tweet it was pointed out the EU was set to primarily to ensure there would never be another Dunkirk.
PERHAPS the greatest public-private partnership ever, the rescue at Dunkirk sounds like something that could only be made up.
A cartoon from the time of Dunkirk, 1940 DEFINING WARTIME MOMENT IS CAPTURED IN MAJOR NEW FILM IT was one of World War II's defining moments and now it's been turned into a major motion picture - Dunkirk.
The Guardian, who I wouldn't peg for liking this kind of film, was effusive , describing Dunkirk as Nolan's "best film so far" and stating, "This is a powerful, superbly crafted film with a story to tell, avoiding war porn in favour of something desolate and apocalyptic, a beachscape of shame, littered with soldiers zombified with defeat, a grimly male world with hardly any women on screen.
BRITISH and French veterans gathered at a cemetery in Dunkirk for a moving ceremony to remember those who were lost during the Second World War evacuations.