About Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes

Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes features the last survivors telling their dramatic and emotional stories of the evacuation to escape the encircling German army

Dunkirk soldiers

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of one of WWII’s most daring and spectacular events, Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes tells the unknown story of the thousands of heroic men left behind to stop the German advance and to facilitate the famous mass evacuation across the Channel.

An incredible 100,000 soldiers were deployed during the evacuation to hold the Germans at bay and ordered to make a last stand, but fearing negative propaganda, the subsequent capture of 40,000 soldiers was kept secret.

British troops aboard a ship evacuating them from Dunkirk

British troops aboard a ship evacuating them from Dunkirk

Many of these POWs were forced to work long hours on the land, in forests, factories, coalmines and salt mines. During desperate times, some found kindness or even romance, but for most, life as a POW was an unremitting daily struggle to survive. Once the war finally ended, their courage and bravery was overlooked, as many of the British POWs were too ashamed or traumatised to talk about their experiences.

This one-off, UK premiere documentary features the last survivors finally telling their dramatic and emotional stories illustrated with German wartime newsreels.