Humpday Must See: GREAT ESCAPE AT DUNKIRK
As France fell to the German armies in May 1940, 300,000 Allied troops were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk. Their annihilation seemed certaina disaster that could have led to Britains surrender. But then, in a last-minute rescue dramatized in Christopher Nolans recent film, Royal Navy ships and a flotilla of tiny civilian boats evacuated hundreds of thousands of soldiers to safety across the Channelthe legendary miracle of Dunkirk. Now, NOVA follows a team of archaeologists, historians, and divers as they recover the remains of ships, planes, and personal effects lost during the epic operation.
PREMIERING /8C on PBSWith access to previously classified files recently released by the UK government, they also uncover the truth behind the myths of Dunkirknotably, a claim that the Royal Air Force failed to protect the stranded men from the Luftwaffes constant bombing of the beaches. Featuring an exclusive excavation of a newly-found Spitfire wreck, NOVA debunks the myth and highlights the essential role that the RAFs iconic fighter played in reversing the desperate stakes that played out in the air above the beleaguered men.