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Operation Cycle

During World War II, Operation Cycle was the evacuation of Allied troops from Le Havre, France at the end of the Battle of France. From 10–13 June 1940, 11,059 British and Allied forces were evacuated. Cycle was preceded by the better known Operation Dynamo, the rescue of 338,226 British and French soldiers from Dunkirk from 26 May – 4 June, followed by Operation Ariel, in which over 215,000 soldiers embarked from Cherbourg, St. Malo and other ports from 14–25 June.


As the line on the Somme was breached, the British 1st Armoured Division and the 51st (Highland) Infantry Division, along with French units tried to fall back to the coast. Part of these groups made it back and despite the loss of the personnel ship HMS Bruges, were evacuated by British destroyers and other craft.[1]

Saint-Valery

Modern map of St. Valery (commune FR insee code 76655)

As part of Cycle, an attempt to rescue the remaining men along a line from St. Valery-en-Caux to Veules was conducted from 10–11 June. It was only partially successful, since thick fog hampered operations. A total of 2,137 British and 1,184 French soldiers were removed but the remainder, including over 6,000 men of the 51st (Highland) Division, were captured.[2]

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