Synopsis: Two stories in one - an easygoing British Corporal in France finds himself responsible for the lives of his men when their officer is killed. He has to get them back to Britain somehow. Meanwhile, British civilians are being dragged into the war with Operation Dynamo, the scheme to get the French and British forces back from the Dunkirk beaches. Some come forward to help, others are less willing.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Leslie Norman
Production: MGM
135 min




So Britain welcomes

the members of the new

French government

and the commanders

of her forces

and the new French Premier,

Monsieur Paul Reynaud.

After the meeting,

Britain and France issue

a solemn declaration

binding their two peoples

still more closely.

It declares to the world

that the change of government

in France

will mean no change

in the cooperation

between the two nations

and there's perfect

cooperation too,

between the heads

of the allied forces.

Our armies will fight

side by side,

so look out Hitler,

here we come.


You're no match




You've no idea how you run


Members of the

Foreign Press Association

are on a visit to

the British Air Forces

on the western front.

They represent

many of the newspapers

in neutral countries.

Apart from military secrets,

we have nothing to hide.

We are fighting our war

in the open.

Our propaganda is true.

Belgium too is showing off

her preparedness.

This is one of her

coastal batteries

where the men live

in bombproof block houses

and can be ready for action

within a few seconds.

And German warships will hardly

dare to operate in seas

that are policed

by the Royal Navy.

There lies Belgium's

best hope of security.

And here's

somewhere else where

they're shooting at birds from

every angle.

2050... I mean 250

Pacific Boast cuties...

I mean

Pacific Coast beauties.

What a picture. What a job.

Ain't it gorgeous?


At the Mansion House

in London,

Mr. Chamberlain

makes a statement

on the progress and prospects

of the war.


The oceans of the world

have been swept clear

of German shipping.

There's a flap on.

No, they're just off

to another party.

The members of that government

do not hesitate to say...

Come on. Let's see what's up.

Come on, you two.

...that they desire to achieve

the ruin

of the British empire.

I told you

there was a flap on.

There's a flap on every week.

They save 'em for Wednesdays.

The brig.

seems in a heck of a hurry.

Aye, but I bet he noticed

you didn't salute him.

I can see you being dropped down

to a Lance-Jack again.

Ah, make that a promise

and I'll never salute

the old basket again.

Anyway, he doesn't

know me from Adam.

Ah, come on. Let's go down

and have some vin blanc.

Yes, but don't go pinching

Claudette's behind again.

The locals don't like it.


You think the people

back home

believe all that stuff

in the newsreel?

What stuff?

All that gaff

about being prepared.

Why shouldn't they?

It's what they're told.


it keeps them happy.

My missus says

they don't know

there's a war on back home.

Lucky blighters.

Oh, thanks, Barlow.

Fresh landings have taken place

in the area.

And our forces

are firmly astride

the road to the north.

The Norwegian forces

are cooperating

with the utmost gallantry.

Uh, in France, there had

been patrol activity

in the Rhine area

to the south of


Any questions?

Uh, may I ask, sir,

if there's any confirmation

of the reports

that have been coming through

all day today

about heavy

enemy concentrations

along the Dutch

and Belgian frontiers?

I have nothing to add

to the communiqu.

Are you prepared

to deny these reports?

I have nothing to add

to the communiqu.

If large troop movements

develop during the night,

will a new communiqu

be issued?

As far as I know

there is no intention

to issue any further communiqu

before tomorrow.

Is there any truth in the report

of heavy air reconnaissance

over eastern Belgium, sir?

Nothing to add.

Is there

any security objection

to our using the reports

we've received,

or shouldn't the German's

be told what they're doing?

That's a matter for the Censor.

Thank you, sir.

Well, Jouvet,

what do your people think?

Have you heard anything from

any of the Dutch boys?

I was talking to young

Van Blerck of the Handelsblad.

They reckon they have got half

a million Germans opposite them.

Brouwer, do you know

Charles Foreman?


How do you do?

Have you heard anything

from Brussels this evening?


You've heard nothing

of the 500 thousand Germans

sitting on the border?

Has your paper printed it?


Well, I don't get it.

Here are the biggest

troop movements

since the war broke out.

Nobody says anything,

nobody attempts anything,

nobody knows anything.

What do they think they're

there for, maneuvers?

Patrol activity.

Utter bilge!


Evening, Mrs. Jones.

Ah, evening, Mr. Holden.

Hello, girls.

Well, how did you get out?

Seventy grams.

Machine broke down

just after 7 for half an hour.

Frankie mended it.


Germany calling.

Germany calling.

Switch that blasted row off.

No, let's listen

to what he says.

Don't tell me you listen

to all horse twaddle.

How do you know

it's twaddle?

It must be said again

that Germany

has no intention

to use military might

against small countries

unless they seek

to aid our enemies.

If Britain or France

were foolish enough

to invade Belgium

we on our side will be obliged

to march and protect Belgium.

He makes me sick.

Rotten traitor.

All the same,

he may be right.


they don't want war.

Eh? Don't want war?

What happened

in Norway and Denmark?

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David Divine

Arthur Durham (David) Divine, CBE, DSM, (1905–1987) was a prolific South African writer of books on a variety of subjects but will be chiefly remembered for two controversial books on defence issues, The Blunted Sword (1964) and The Broken Wing (1966). Divine had been a war correspondent and after the Second World War became the defence correspondent of the British Sunday Times, a post he held until 1975. more…

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