OPERATION DYNAMO MUSEUM, DUNKIRK

After our lunch at Le Grand Morien we jumped in the car and headed over the Operation Dynamo Museum.

Boon is a big history buff, so I knew he’d like it, surprisingly I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would.

Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk

Cannon Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk

Housed in the railway arches and run by veterans, the museum will tell you everything you need to know about Operation Dynamo and a whole lot more.

The trick is to follow the numbered arrows around the museum; you start with a short video that goes through the basics of the evacuation.  This alternates between a French and English language version.

Short Film Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk

After the film you continue going round, looking at a great collection of newspaper clippings, maps,  recovered parts of aircraft (including a Hurricane and Lancaster Merlin engines), military equipment (ranging from guns to uniforms), propaganda, models of how the beach looked during the evacuation and a whole of host of other war memorabilia.

Anti-Ship Mine Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk Anti-Aircraft Gun Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk Bombed Destroyer Sinking Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk Bomb Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk

There was a really good split of what the evacuation meant for the different nationalities involved: British, French and German.  It didn’t shy away from the strategic necessity, but political abandonment of the French Army by the BEF (British Expeditionary Force)

While necessary it shows the side of the Dunkirk evacuation that perhaps isn’t talked about as much in Britain.

British Soldier Bike Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk Evacuation Model Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk Evacuation Diagram Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk Evacuation Photograph Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk German Propaganda Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk French and German Model Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk Newspaper Articles Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk Letter To Youth Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk Remains of Lorry Jetty Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk Pieces of Crashed Planes Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk

Walking around was a rather emotional experience at times, thinking of all those poor soldiers who lost their lives isn’t fun, but I think it’s something that we should all do from time to time, to make sure we don’t forget.

Peace Operation Dynamo Museum Dunkirk

Even if you’re not a ‘war buff’ I would recommend a visit. You can find out more about the museum here

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