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Dunkirk – Quotes

Mike on January 18, 2018 - 12:23 pm in Uncategorized
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Read Shepherd Project’s discussion of Dunkirk, here.

Trapped at Dunkirk.  They await their fate.  Hoping for deliverance.  For a miracle.

Pilot:  Dunkirk’s so far away.  Why couldn’t they load at (another location)?
Other Pilot: The enemy had something to say about it.

Peter:  You do know where we’re going?
George:  France.
Mr. Dawson:  WAR.
George:  I’ll be useful, sir.

Shell-shocked soldier: I’m not going back.  If we go there, we’ll die.

George:  Is he a coward, Mr. Dawson?
Mr. Dawson:  He’s shell-shocked, George.  He’s not himself.  He may never be himself again.

Soldiers in the water, to the leaving ships:  Don’t leave us!  Come back!

Shell-shocked soldier:  You’re an old man!
Mr. Dawson:  Men my age dictate this war.  Why should we be allowed to send our children into it?
Shell-shocked soldier:  You belong at home!
Mr. Dawson:  If we don’t help, there won’t be any home.
Mr. Dawson:  There’s no hiding from this, son.
Shell-shocked soldier:  You don’t even have guns!
Mr. Dawson:  Did you have a gun? … Did it help you against the u-boats…?

George:  Helping you and Mr. Dawson, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.  It’s the only thing I’ve ever done.

Colonel:  You can practically see it from here…  Home.
Commander:  Seeing home doesn’t help us get there, Colonel.

Peter:  There was no parachute….
Mr. Dawson:  He may be alive!  We may be able to help him!

Colonel:  What do you see?
Commander, seeing boats from home:  Home!

Mr. Dawson:  My son’s Royal Air Force.  I knew he (the RAF pilot) would see us through.
Peter:  He flew hurricanes.  Died 3rd week in the war.

Someone to the pilot:  Where the hell where were you?
Mr. Dawson:  They know where you were.  [Indicating the men the pilot saved.]

Old man:  Well done, lads.  Well done.
Soldier:  All we did was survive.
Old man:  That’s enough.

Soldier about the old man, not knowing he was blind:  That old bloke didn’t even look us in the eye.

Commander:  Come on private!  I know we’re officers, but it’s us or the enemy.

Commander:  300,000, so far.  I’m staying for the French.

Newspaper article:  Wars are not won by evacuations, but there is a victory inside this evacuation which should be noted.  …  We shall never surrender.

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