Why was Dunkirk evacuation a historic victory?

The successful evacuation of British forces faced with annihilation by the German army, from Dunkirk in 1940, eventually proved a turning point in World War II. It set the stage for the ultimate defeat of the Third Reich.

77 years later, Christopher Nolan, a highly regarded and successful film director has reproduced this historic event with a fresh perspective. How should we look at the Dunkirk retreat, and what has proved so compelling about the story of this piece of history in Nolan’s hands?

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