Editor’s Comments: In June the lead-off article said of King George VI, “his most lingering quality was in the inspiration he gave to the British people during the terrible World War 2”. In past articles his call for a day of prayer before D-Day was mentioned but there was an earlier one, this on May 26th, 1940 when hundreds of thousands of British and allied troops were pinned down on the beaches of Dunkirk. We were reminded of that event and apologize we made no mention of this wondrous intervention of God in our May issue.
“Every day I thank God we did our duty.” So said Private Bert Evans when he was rescued from Dunkirk. He was among the other soldiers holding sway when the German forces were pounding trapped forces at Dunkirk in 1940, pinned down along the rugged seashore amidst the cold, the rain, the terrible smell of dead comrades, blood soaked soil and fierce German fire power. The cold, cloudy weather had showed no sign of letting up so rescuers could get through and it seemed that death or incarceration were the only two options for hundreds of thousands of valiant soldiers. Admiral Sir William James later was to exclaim, “Thank God for the Miracle of Dunkirk”. Because a miracle indeed did take place because nine days of calm weather came upon the English Channel, a calm unprecedented in the Channel’s history, and beginning on May 27th, nearly 340,000 allied soldiers, mostly British, were rescued as military and small ships and boats made their way back and forth across the English Channel.