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Ramsay: retreat and return

 
 
Ramsay: retreat and return Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2018
1. Ramsay: retreat and return Marker
Inscription.
Ramsay: retreat and return
Operation Dynamo 1940
The German attack into western Europe in May 1940 led to the allied armies rapidly retreating. By late May, the British Expeditionary Force and parts of the French and Belgian armies were trapped and facing death and destruction on the French coast.

Vice-Admiral Ramsay had less than a week to plan Operation Dynamo to rescue the stranded army from Dunkirk. Officials thought that only 45,000 soldiers could be saved. Yet, under his inspired command, over 900 ships and boats of the Royal Navy Merchant Navy, allied navies and civilian volunteers (the Little Ships) evacuated over 338,000 men in just ten days, often under intense German attacks.

Operation Neptune 1944
Admiral Ramsay was allied Naval Commander-in-Chief for Operation Neptune, the naval side of Operation Overlord, the allied invasion of Europe on D-Day, 6 June 1944. His planning ensured that an enormous invasion fleet (6, 33 vessels) took troops and equipment to the landing beaches and supported them by shelling the German defences.

On the first day alone 130,000 men landed in Normandy.

What to see
The maps engraved in the pavement below show the evacuation routes for Operation Dynamo and the main routes of Operation Neptune. ( photo captions )
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Statue of Vice-Admiral Ramsay near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2018
2. Statue of Vice-Admiral Ramsay near the Marker
The drama of the last day of evacuation, with troops still being taken off the shore while German attacks continue: ‘The withdrawal from Dunkirk, June 1940' by C E Cundall RA.
- A view from a D-Day landing craft with British soldiers approaching the shore: ‘From the Landing Craft Assault: we watched the 'planes dive-bombing near Le Hamel, D-Day, 6th June l 944' by J C Heath.
 
Location. 51° 7.603′ N, 1° 19.443′ E. Marker is in Dover, England, in Kent. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Castle Hill Road and Canons Gate Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the Hospital Battery at the cliff’s edge next to Dover Castle. Marker is in this post office area: Dover, England CT16 1HU, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Operation Dynamo (here, next to this marker); Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay (here, next to this marker); Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay (here, next to this marker); Fighting the Enemy in the Sky (a few steps from this marker); Command, Control and Communication (within shouting distance of this marker); Saluting Platform (within shouting distance of this marker); A View to the West (within shouting distance of this marker); A View of the Harbour (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .
1. Operation Dynamo on Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 13, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Normandy landings on Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 13, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. Invasion of Normandy on Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 13, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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