Watch the new Dunkirk Trailer

The trailer for Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan’s latest movie – is out and it looks amazing:

Dunkirk stars Harry Styles, Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, and Cillian Murphy. Hans Zimmer will be composing the score.

Dunkirk will premiere July 21, 2017.

The Battle of Dunkirk

The Battle of Dunkirk took place between May 26 and June 4, 1940. Dunkirk was both a defeat and a victory for the allied forces. As the German Army made its way through France, over 330,000 allied troops comprised of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), and the French 1st Army were flanked and nearly encircled by German Army Group B and German Army Group A at Dunkirk, France.

Had the Germans continued their advance, it is likely the allied troops would have been slaughtered, or at the very least captured. That would have been a massive blow to allies both in lives lost and in morale, already at a low-point from Germany’s relentless advance.

Suprisingly, the order was given to halt the advance, a halt which lasted for 3 days. The Germans were confident the allied force was doomed regardless, and assigned the task of finishing them off to the Luftwaffe.

Realizing the difficulty of the situation, the allies made plans to retreat across the sea to the relative safety of Great Britain.

At this point, the British and the Germans were looking at the situation through completely different paradigms. The Germans saw everything in the context of a land war, while the British – an Empire built on the strength of their Navy, saw the sea not as an obstacle but as their path of escape.

Halt order proved critical to Allies escape

In the 3 days the German forces halted their advance, the Royal Navy organized a massive rescue mission. 861 vessels of all sizes took part in the epic mission that brought 338,226 allied troops to safety, in what is now known as the “Miracle of Dunkirk.”

The escape from Dunkirk was a huge morale boost for the allies. While it was technically a military retreat, it was an example of the allies outsmarting the Germany invaders, and gave over 300,000 soldiers the chance to fight another day.

The Dunkirk movie provides an opportunity for a new generation to learn more about WW2

As members of the Greatest Generation pass on, we are slowly losing those who were directly involved in World War 2. But we can’t afford to lose that connection fully. With the world moving in a direction of increasing division and fear, we need to heed those who saw the horrific consequences of hateful ideologies first hand.

If Dunkirk helps raise awareness of the horrors of World War 2, it will have a done a great service to all of us, far and above mere entertainment value.