The year was 1940; Winston Churchill had just become prime minister when Germany launched their attack westward – and the nightmare of a second world war became reality.
The British Expeditionary Force had already been deployed in support of France and Belgium. Nazi forces threatened to surround the BEF, and their best chance was to make a strategic withdraw to Dunkirk while still in the midst of battle. In England, the risks of evacuation were being considered and a national call to prayer sounded, but time was running out.
Narrated by Stuart Burgess, this inspiring docu-drama features animated maps and original film footage of war-time events. All new reenacted scenes dramatically bring to life the meaning and emotion of that uncertain time in history.
William Potter describes the events of this pivotal beginning of World War II and highlights moments of Providence which helped bring victory from the midst of defeat. Stephen Keller brings added insight, pointing out significant details behind the famous evacuation, which was code named “Operation Dynamo.”
Operation Dynamo makes a fine pairing with Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (2017) from last July and Joe Wright’s November entry Darkest Hour (2017). Through interviews and astonishing footage, the film seems to intend to fill in some of the historical and contextual cracks that could not have been covered in Nolan’s film. Director Benjamin Owen weaves the story well between these interviews, authentic clips and audio, an even and underscored narrative within a brisk, 40-minute film.Yet the film digs deeper. Particularly from military historian William Potter, Operation Dynamo makes the case that this event during WWII finds parallels with the biblical story of Job. The film suggests that no matter what time we are born and no matter our circumstances, we are called to be courageous and overcome our greatest obstacles. To be able to extract this message from a well-known military operation is certainly a feat. Dove is proud to award Operation Dynamo with approval for All Ages.