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August 11, 2017

19 Haunting Photographs Capture the Devastation After the Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940

The pictures were taken not long after the Allied troops were rescued from the beaches of France and Belgium by an armada of boats in 1940. Haunting photographs taken behind enemy lines that capture the trail of devastation left in the wake of the Dunkirk evacuation have been unearthed after 77 years.

The poignant pictures were taken not long after 330,000 Allied troops had been rescued from the beaches of France and Belgium by an armada of boats between May and June 1940.

The epic operation is about to be the subject of the new Hollywood blockbuster movie 'Dunkirk' which stars Tom Hardy and Harry Styles and is due for release on July 21.

A couple stand next to wrecked trucks in Ostend surveying the scene

Shipwreck on the beach

A shipwreck on the beach in La Panne with boats lying destroyed after 330,000 Allied troops had been rescued from the beaches

Damaged shops in the Belgium town of La Panne after the rescue that took place between May and June 1940

Houses lie in complete rubble in Ostend after the evacuation which is about to be the subject of the new Hollywood blockbuster movie Dunkirk

Damaged seafronts in La Panne

A shipwreck on the beach in La Panne

Destroyed buildings in La Panne

Shipwreck on the beach in La Panne, Belgium

Locals inspect damage to a house in Ostend, which lies in complete ruin

German soldiers surveying the wreckage of destroyed ships lying in the surf

The poignant pictures were taken not long after 330,000 Allied troops had been rescued from the beaches by an armada of little ships having been defeated by the Germans

The Belgium city of Ostend looking very different before it was damaged

A soldier walking past the axle and wheels of a large military vehicle destroyed by the German guns

Men survey the chaos after the Dunkirk evacuation which took place in June 1940 and came about as a result of the German Blitzkreig in the Second World War

Not far from Dunkirk the city of Ostend received significant building damage

These striking images have now been consigned for sale in Dorchester, Dorset, by a private collector of militaria

Officers stand in front of a fleet of burnt-out British army trucks which would have been used to off-load the thousands of the retreating troops days before

Mystery surrounds who took the photos, but it is likely that they were captured by a German soldier



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