What would you do if you were left behind by your troops as you were evacuating from the territory of the enemies who obviously wanted you dead? For Bill Lacey, who would happen to be the last man to ever escape Dunkirk, he did what perhaps anyone in the same situation would try to do: Survive. So he thrived all by himself in France for four months. This was his amazing story.

The Dunkirk Evacuation

The Dunkirk evacuation happened during World War II when the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and other Allied Forces from the seaport of Dunkirk in France evacuated to England after Germany’s invasion of the Low Countries and northern France in May 1940.

Germany’s invasion began on May 10 when the German blitzkrieg attacked the Netherlands and captured the key bridges deep in the country, with the goal of opening the way for mobile ground forces. The Dutch assigned to defend the area fell back westward, and by May 12, the German tanks were on Rotterdam. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her government fled to England on May 13, and the Dutch army surrendered to the Nazis the day after.

Hundreds of civilian boats and naval vessels were used in the evacuation called Operation Dynamo, which began on May 26. About 340,000 soldiers were rescued after it ended on June 4. Bill Lacey was not one of them.