Dunkirk and the delusions of empire
'Dunkirk' reinforces Britain's self-image, that it was fighting for freedom all alone in World War II. In not seeing the wider canvas, Britons see a distorted reality
National identities are built on remembered and retold histories. Britain has long viewed the story of its role in World War II as a plucky nation bombed night after night, fighting for freedom all alone with pugnacious determination and Winston Churchill’s powerful rhetoric, liberating the continent from Nazi Germany by dragging a reluctant America to the battlefront.