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Watch the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk

Dark Knight director taking on one of World War II's biggest battles

The first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's World War II movie about the battle of Dunkirk has landed.

In the trailer for Dunkirk, which runs just over a minute in length, a group of soldiers can be seen standing together in a ship as they approach the French border. One of the most infamous battles of all time, the Battle of Dunkirk took place between May 6 and June 4 of 1940 in Dunkirk, France. The battle marked the evacuation of French soldiers and allied forces from Europe and, despite England declaring a loss against Germany at the time, the evacuation saved the lives of approximately 330,000 ally soldiers.

Dunkirk, which is being written and directed by Nolan, will star Cillian Muprhy, Todd Hardy and academy-award winner Mark Rylance.

Dunkirk is slated to hit theaters July 21, 2017.