Tommy moves off. Looks around at other impossibly long lines,
at the unattainable ships. Futile.
A line of stretcher-bearers comes past, carrying wounded men
along the beach towards the harbour...
Looking where they’re headed, Tommy sees a long, narrow
breakwater extending out into the sea, packed with soldiers.
A hospital ship at the end of it.
This breakwater extends a kilometer into the sea. It is
called the Mole.
1. THE MOLE
Tommy becomes aware of the sound of distant aircraft.
Soldiers peer up into the sky...
MALE VOICE (O.S.)
Tommy spots the distinctive kinked wings of the notorious
Stuka dive bomber, its nightmarish howl rising as it picks up
speed, diving at the beach...
The lines of men instantly vanish -soldiers scattering back
to the dunes, burrowing into the sand... The first bombs lift
sand into the air.
The stretcher-bearers put down their loads, lying across
them, protecting them as the area is hammered...
The first Stuka pulls out of its dive, revealing two more
Stukas diving. There are nine more about to follow...
Tommy sees a soldier lying on his back, rifle aimed at the
sky, firing defiantly, desperately at the attacking plane...
The ground around him lifts into the air with the second wave
Tommy buries his face in the sand as the bombs blast and
blast and blast
The explosions stop. Tommy lifts his head. BOOM! Another wave
of bombs explodes in series up the beach. Then, finally,
quiet. Tommy rises...
The stretcher-bearers, back on their feet, lift their burdens
(four bearers per stretcher, one at each corner).
Several stretchers are left behind on the sand.
Soldiers on the beach watch in despair as one of the
destroyers is slipping below the water, smoke billowing.