Friday, May 11, 2018


As France fell to the German armies in May 1940, 300,000 Allied troops were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk. Their annihilation seemed certain - a disaster that could have led to Britain's surrender. But then, in a last-minute rescue dramatized in Christopher Nolan's recent film, Royal Navy ships and a fleet of tiny civilian boats evacuated hundreds of thousands of soldiers to safety across the Channel - the legendary "miracle of Dunkirk." This program follows a team of archaeologists, historians, and divers as they recover the remains of ships, planes, and personal effects lost during the epic operation. With access to previously classified files recently released by the UK government, the program also uncovers the truth behind the myths of Dunkirk - notably, a claim that the Royal Air Force failed to protect the stranded men from the Luftwaffe's 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 RAF's iconic fighter played in reversing the desperate stakes that played out in the air above the beleaguered men.

“NOVA: GREAT ESCAPE AT DUNKIRK” will be available on DVD May 8, 2018. The run time of the program is approximately 60 minutes on 1 disc and the SRP is $24.99. The program is also available for digital download.   

My Thoughts

This exciting documentary gives us a look at a time when France was under seize by Germany, and a trapped on the beach of Dunkirk. Allied troops were trapped, and it seemed like all was lost. If they lost, Britain would have fallen, and the whole war may have turned out differently.  Yet, somehow, civilian boats were able to save the soldiers. This DVD visits the beach where it all went down, as archaeologists look for remnants of the battle.

This was a great documentary. Its packed with information including images, reenactments, and a look at some recovered artifacts. If you love history, this is DVD you really need to checkout. Grab a copy now in stores nationwide or online at Amazon.