American Dunkirk, September 11, 2001

In 1940, the shattered British and French armies, fleeing the German onslaught, found themselves with their backs to the sea with no hope of rescue. However, over the next nine days more than 300,000 troops were evacuated from Dunkirk. At that time, that was the largest sea rescue in history. Until 9/11. On that day, 500,000 people were evacuated from Manhattan in under one day; this video captures that effort.

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