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as in:  Evacuation at Dunkirk

  an amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
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Dunkirk is a seaport in Northern France.  Many civilian-crewed fishing boats and pleasure craft assisted in the evacuation.

As a result of the famous evacuation, the expression "a Dunkirk" can reference any crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Dunkirk , Spanish flu [8] , Treaty of Versailles [8] , sinking of the Lusitania [9]
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