27 May 1940
Second day of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation from Dunkirk. Over the first two days 7,699 men reach Britain.
The Belgian Army capitulates at midnight with the support of the King but against the orders of the government.
German troops capture Calais
The War at Sea, 1939-1945, Volume I: The Defensive, S. W. Roskill
. This first volume in the British official history of the war at sea covers the period from the outbreak of the war through to the first British disasters in the Pacific in December 1941. Amongst other topics it covers the Norwegian campaign, the evacuation from Dunkirk and the first two years of the Battle of the Atlantic. The text is meticulously researched, and is rooted in a detailed study of wartime records, both British and German. [see more
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