Battle of Dunkirk

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Battle of Dunkirk
Part of The Second World War
Date 26 May 1940–4 June 1940
Location Dunkirk, France
Result German victory
Allied evacuation
Participants
 United Kingdom
France France
 Belgium
 Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Lord Gort
France Maxime Weygand
France Georges Blanchard
France René Prioux
Nazi Germany Gerd von Rundstedt
Nazi Germany Ewald von Kleist (Panzergruppe von Kleist)
Strength
approx. 400,000
338,226 evacuated[1]
approx. 800,000
Casualties and losses
30,000 killed or wounded
34,000 missing or captured
6 destroyers and over 200 smaller vessels
106 aircraft
52,252 killed or wounded
8,467 missing or captured
101—240 aircraft

The Battle of Dunkirk (French: Bataille de Dunkerque) was a major battle during World War II. It lasted from the 26th May until the 4th June, 1940. The Allied forces were split in two by a German armored advance to the Channel coast at Calais. The British and French commanders had been taken by surprise at the speed of the advance. The northern part of the army retreated to Dunkirk, France, a port on the English Channel.

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