Battleground Dunkirk, The Dunkirk Perimeter and Evacuation 1940, France and Flanders Campaign

An pocketable battleground guide that also provides an excellent overview of the retreat into the Dunkirk perimeter and the attempts to delay the German Panzers long enough to evacuate more than 350,000 British and French troops from the open beaches. This is a well-written and lavishly illustrated guide book which also covers the frequently neglected battles that made the evacuation such a spectacular success – Very Highly Recommended

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NAME: Battleground Dunkirk, The Dunkirk Perimeter and Evacuation 1940, France 
and Flanders Campaign
FILE: R2935
AUTHOR: Jerry Murland
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 218
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War,  Battle of 
France, Flanders Campaign, BEF, Operation Dynamo, Dunkirk Evacuation, French 
Army, German Army, cockpit of Europe

ISBN: 1-47385-223-4

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DESCRIPTION: An pocketable battleground guide that also provides an excellent 
overview of the retreat into the Dunkirk perimeter and the attempts to delay the 
German Panzers long enough to evacuate more than 350,000 British and French 
troops from the open beaches. This is a well-written and lavishly illustrated 
guide book which also covers the frequently neglected battles that made the 
evacuation such a spectacular success –  Very Highly Recommended

The story of the Dunkirk Evacuation has been told in many books, articles and films. 
Any army having to withdraw from a battleground cannot claim it as any kind of 
victory, but the evacuation was a spectacular victory that saved the war for Britain, 
frustrated the Germans and provided the platform from which the liberation of 
Europe could be later launched. What captures the imagination is how a huge fleet 
of tiny vessels of every type braved the Luftwaffe to come close in to the shore to 
take off exhausted troops from the open beaches. These vessels were fishing boats, 
lifeboats, coastal craft and pleasure craft, mostly manned by their owners as 
volunteers. To return now to the beaches on the Dunkirk Little Ships is moving and 
an experience of how difficult it can be even in clam weather and without the threat 
of enemy guns and bombs. Even the RN Flagship in the final stages was a 68 ft 
torpedo boat, MTB102 which was built as a private venture and became the pattern 
from which Vospers built many hundred MTB and MGB Coastal Forces warships. 
Built of wood, this pocket warship is still preserved by operation and has made 
many return anniversary visits to Dunkirk. On her decks it is easy to appreciate 
how terribly exposed her crew were and amazing to know that she survived a 500lb 
bomb exploding only 3ft from her transom.

The extraordinary courage of the Little Ships has naturally taken focus away from 
the equally vital fighting withdrawal to the Dunkirk Perimeter. This guide provides 
a complete picture of how the battles related to each other. It also pays tribute to the 
air defence which was often invisible to the soldiers in Dunkirk, who unfairly felt 
badly neglected by the RAF. The RAF did fly fighter and bomber missions in 
support of the fighting withdrawal and lost many planes in the process, as did the 
Fleet Air Arm which flew sorties with Blackburn Skua dive bombers, using them as 
close support aircraft and even as dog fighters, suffering heavy losses but causing 
much damage to the Germans and delaying the German advance.