July 14, 2017 by brennon
Dunkirk Joe represents an actual character from history, however, the likeness is that of Kenneth Branagh from the new film as mentioned above. Here’s a bit about him…
“In 1940 William Tennant was a Captain, and arrived on the beaches of Dunkirk aboard the destroyer HMS Wolfhound. His job was to act as ‘Beachmaster’, which in reality meant organising almost 400,000 tired and dispirited troops, and getting them aboard Royal Navy vessels via the infamous ‘Molle’ jetty and onto the armada of small boats that had sailed for England to rescue them.
He arrived at Dunkirk on May the 26th and stayed there until June the 2nd, during which time 378,829 troops, including 120,000 French soldiers, were rescued. Even then Bill Tennant stayed almost to the end, patrolling the length of the beach calling through a megaphone “Are there any British soldiers still ashore?”
From the looks of it, the film is going to be a fascinating watch and this is a nice way to bring that down to the tabletop too.
Other Character Options
As well as Dunkirk Joe above you can also get your hands on some other famous faces including Allan Quatermain from literature.
With his trademark rifle and the look of a seasoned hunter and explorer, you could put together quite the cool scenario featuring him down in the deep of Africa.
If you prefer your Far Eastern history then how about Oda Nobunaga?
As a ruthless and dangerous leader, he transformed warfare in Japan and was responsible for bringing the gun into use during battles, completely changing how the Japanese approached fighting. As a strategist he would be a great character to paint up.
What do you make of their collection?
"...even then Bill Tennant stayed almost to the end, patrolling the length of the beach calling through a megaphone “Are there any British soldiers still ashore?""