Operation Dynamo: ‘The Miracle of Dunkirk’

  • Subterranean Warfare
    Descend into the tunnels beneath Dover Castle, where Vice Admiral Bertram Ramsay masterminded the Dunkirk evacuation
  • In the Footsteps of the ‘Frankforce’
    Visit the site of the Battle of Arras, the 1940 engagement which saw British and French troops launch a surprise tank attack on the advancing Germans
  • Dunes of Dunkirk
    Stand in the very spots from which countless servicemen were rescued in the face of constant bombardment and uncertain odds
  • Impressive Exhibits
    Learn the story of the vital role played by Calais in the events of 1940 at a unique museum housed in a former German bunker

Join Joshua Levine, historical advisor to Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk', in Arras for a revealing look at the events surrounding the Dunkirk evacuation.

“Out-numbered, out-gunned, out-planed, all but surrounded” is how journalist Evelyn Montague described the British Expeditionary Force in the last days of May 1940, as their ordeal played out across the Channel. But in the face of these seemingly insurmountable odds, Mr Montague, and the rest of the country along with him, was able to watch as the rescued troops landed back on British soil just days later.

Lauded as a miracle, it’s no surprise that the Dunkirk evacuation — codenamed Operation Dynamo — is still capturing our imaginations today, most recently in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster Dunkirk. But the silver screen is no substitute for the real thing, as we’re sure to find on this exclusive tour of labyrinthine war tunnels, solemn memorials, bunkers-turned-museums, and the very dunes from where troops waited to be rescued. Join expert Guide Lecturer Nigel Jones and historian and author Joshua Levine for an educational and affecting look at one of the greatest tales of the Second World War.

Top 5 Reasons to Book

  • Meet writer, broadcaster and historian Joshua Levine, who advised Christopher Nolan on his recent Dunkirk film, and enjoy expert insight into the events surrounding the Dunkirk evacuation
  • Stand in the very spots from which countless servicemen were rescued in the face of constant bombardment and uncertain odds
  • Explore a series of sites which enable us to piece together the fascinating story of Dunkirk, from museums and memorials to battlefields and bunkers
  • Meet a veteran of the Dunkirk campaign during the tour
  • Stay at the superb Hotel de L’univers, a 17th-century Jesuit monastery sympathetically converted into an Arras institution

Joshua Levine

Joshua Levine is a playwright, writer for television, and producer. Among his many historical titles are The Secret History of the Blitz, On a Wing and a Prayer, and Forgotten Voices of Dunkirk, and his recent book Dunkirk was described by Waterstones Weekly as ‘not merely the essential companion to the film but probably the finest work we’ve seen on the evacuation full stop’. He acted as official historical advisor for recent blockbuster Dunkirk.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer - Historical Trips expert Guide Lecturer and Tour Manager
  2. Ferry - Return Club Class ferry transfers between Dover and Calais
  3. Meals - All meals as listed in itinerary; wine included for dinners
  4. Entries & Tips - All entrance fees, visits and tips
  5. Hotels - Accommodation at the three-star Hotel de L’univers

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