Mémorial du Souvenir


To learn about the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk, stop by this non-profit museum. In addition to a 15-minute film, there are scale models, and evocative period uniforms, weapons, photos and WWII-related objects discovered in the Dunkirk area. It's housed in Bastion 32, a 1874-built coastal defence base, which was the headquarters of the French and Allied Forces during the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo.

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