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The story of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from
Dunkirk from May 26 to June 3, 1940, by 'the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, and civilian volunteers
Based on ' The Nine Days Wonder ' by John Masefield
Arranged by Robert Kemp
Produced by John Cheatle
' Our Army did not save -Belgium ; that is a little matter compared with the great matter, that it tried to.- In the effort it lost thirty thousand men, all its transport, all its guns, all its illusions ; it never lost its heart. The Nation said to those men, m effect: Hold on ; we will get you away ". They held on, and we got them away.'
So writes the Poet Laureate in his tale of the evacuation of Dunkirk-a tale commemorating for all time the doggedness and patience of simple men waiting to be lifted from a rain of death, of incredible
. feats by, sailors, of individual acts of heroism passing belief. ' They held on, and we got them away '-to the number of 316,663.


Unknown: John Masefield
Arranged By: Robert Kemp
Produced By: John Cheatle

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