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No this isn't a picture from war-torn Europe back in 1940, it's the seaside town of Redcar. It has been transformed for the filming of a movie called Atonement to depict the beach at Dunkirk during the evactuation of British troops. The transformation took several weeks and involved moving any signs of modern structures, painting the surrounding buildings and building structures like the bandstand in the background.

A bit about Dunkirk:

More than 300,000 troops were evacuated from Dunkirk and the surrounding beaches in May and June 1940. At the time the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said it was "a miracle of deliverance". Dunkirk writer David J. Knowles explains what happened.
"A miracle" - is the best description of what happened at Dunkirk in May and June 1940.

Hundreds of thousands of troops were rescued from the German advance in the nick of time.

The troops were desperately needed back on the home shores to help defend against a Nazi invasion.

They were rescued from the harbour and beaches near to Dunkirk by a curious assembly of many different types of craft.

Many of the little ships, such as motor yachts, fishing boats and all manner of other such craft, were privately owned.

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