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  • Weapons of Dunkirk (May 26th - June 4th, 1940)

    Many souls lived to fight another day thanks to the exploits of men and their machines during the 'Miracle of Dunkirk'.

    By the end of May 1940, the Allies in France had been pushed back to the shores of the English Channel at Dunkirk, France by the Germans. Hundreds of thousands of men awaited rescue on the beaches along with thousands of military pieces including various small arms, vehicles and artillery. Allied authorites devised an audacious plan to rescue the survivors - a mix of British, French, Canadian and Belgian troops - by any means necessary.

    In the span of just eight days, over 338,000 men were removed from the beaches at Dunkirk by a fleet numbering some 800 vessels of various shapes and sizes, military and otherwise. While much material was eventually lost in the action, many battle-weary, but experienced, soldiers were relocated to the relative safety of Britain. While a major defeat on paper in military terms, the survival of these troops at Dunkirk to continue the fight in future months proved critical to the survival of the Allied cause in Europe.

      United Kingdom, France, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands and Poland

      Avro Anson
      Bloch MB.150
      Bloch MB.220
      Bolton Paul Defiant
      Caudron C.440 Goeland
      Fairey Battle
      Gloster Gladiator
      Lockheed Hudson
      Hawker Hurricane
      Potez 630
      Supermarine Spitfire

      Armor & Vehicles
      Infantry Tank Matilda I
      Infantry Tank Matilda II
      Renault FT-17
      Renault R35
      Renault R40
      Renault UE Chenillette
      Universal Carrier (BREN Carrier)
      Vickers Tetrarch

      Bofors 40mm AA Gun
      Canon de 75 mle 1897 Field Gun
      Canon de 155 C modele 1917 Schneider
      Ordnance QF 25-pounder
      Ordnance QF 8" Mk.VIII

      Small Arms
      Berthier Rifle / Carbine
      Brandt mle 27 81mm Mortar
      Brandt mle 35 60mm Mortar
      Brandt mle 37 50mm Mortar
      BREN Light Machine Gun
      Chatellerault Model 1929 LMG
      Enfield No.2 Revolver
      F1 Hand Grenade
      Hotchkiss Model 1914 MG
      Lebel Model 1886 Rifle
      Modele 1892 (Lebel Revolver)
      Lee-Enfield Rifle
      Lewis Gun LMG
      MAS 36 Rifle
      Mills Bomb Hand Grenade
      Vickers Machine Gun
      Webley Model 1887

      Heinkel He 111
      Junkers Ju 87 (Stuka)
      Messerschmitt Bf 109
      Messerschmitt Bf 110

      Armor & Vehicles
      Opel Blitz
      Panzer I
      Panzer II
      Panzer III
      Panzer IV
      SdKfz 250 Halftrack
      SdKfz 251 Halftrack

      Small Arms
      5cm Granatwerfer 36
      8cm Granatwerfer 34
      Karabiner Kar 98K
      Luger P08
      Mauser Model 1898
      Model 24 Stick Grenade
      MG34 Machine Gun
      MP40 Submachine Gun
      Walther P38