In May 1940, more than 330,000 British, French, and Belgian troops found themselves cut off by the German army in Dunkirk. With enemy troops in front of them and the English Channel behind them the men were trapped with no way of escape. The British high command understood the situation well. They had been out maneuvered and overpowered by the German military.
So, a plan was devised by the British to rescue all the troops stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. This rescue was code-named, Operation Dynamo.
In a national broadcast on May 23, King George VI called for a National Day of Prayer to be held on May 26, the day before Operation Dynamo was to be launched. The king called on the people of the UK to turn back to God in a spirit of repentance and plead for divine help.
The German High Command was able to boast with confidence that its troops were ‘proceeding to annihilate the British Army’. That the total destruction of an entire army was imminent was a view shared by many in the military and political leadership of Britain. Prime Minister Winston Churchill found himself preparing to announce to the public an unprecedented military catastrophe involving the capture or death of a third of a million soldiers. But it didn’t happen.
(Rev. J. John)