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by Greg Krehbiel on 31 December 2017

I finally saw Dunkirk. I don’t know the whole story, and I don’t trust the movie is an accurate representation of what happened, so my comment here is about the movie, not about the actual people in history.

My overwhelming impression from the movie was, “who are these idiots?”

A couple examples stand out.

+ There are thousands of infantry on the shore with rifles, and three German planes are making a run on them. Certainly if they all fired, they’d have taken down a plane or two. All those rifles firing at once would have been one heck of a lot of lead, and the planes were down low — well within range of a rifle.

+ In another scene, men are hiding in a beached boat waiting for the tide to come in so they can get off shore. They don’t think to set up a watch up on deck. That’s dumb enough, but when somebody starts taking pot shots at the boat, knocking holes in the hull, nobody goes out to shoot the shooter.

2017-12-31  »  Greg Krehbiel


  1. Scott Wicker
    31 December 2017 @ 12:45 pm

    You confirm what I’ve heard about this movie. It appears to be wildly inaccurate.

    Historically significant, Dunkirk was one of Hitler’s worst mistakes, second only to the ill-conceived Stalingrad campaign. General Rundstedt halted his Panzer units on 23 May 1940. Instead, he should have pressed forward with all haste and wiped out the Allied forces before they had a chance to evacuate.

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