1940 - Evacuation from St. Valery
8th June – Portsmouth prepared a small armada of 200 boats from south coast ports to evacuate the 51st Highland division from St Valery. They had been attached to the French army who would not give permission for the withdrawal. By 11th June, 51st Division’s situation was critical. In the end it was left too late and only 1,500 British and French soldiers were rescued.