The Camera On series from MMP Books is proving very popular. An This new addition to the series is an outstanding photo essay that uses rare German images shot after the Wehrmacht occupied the town and beaches of Dunkirk. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Dunkirk 1940 Through a German Lens, Camera On 3 FILE: R2705 AUTHOR: Alan Ranger PUBLISHER: MMP Books BINDING: soft back PAGES: 88 PRICE: £15.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Battle of France, Operation Dynamo, Dunkirk Pocket, BEF, Dunkirk evacuation, German Army, Blitz Krieg, Dunkirk port, Dunkirk Beaches ISBN: 978-8-36528-172-2 IMAGE: B2705.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ya779m9b LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Camera On series from MMP Books is proving very popular. An This new addition to the series is an outstanding photo essay that uses rare German images shot after the Wehrmacht occupied the town and beaches of Dunkirk. – Highly Recommended. MMP Books has grown from a publisher specializing in Polish history and model making interests into publishing house that is still true to its roots but now includes some fine special interest books and some serious military history studies, where a high illustration content is common. Many of the books in the catalogue mix rare photographic images with specially commissioned art work, mixing black and white images with full colour images as appropriate. This new book uses only black and white images shot by German photographers after Dunkirk had been fully occupied. The images are full of emotion and provide a unique gallery of imagery. There are full colour images available, mainly from German sources, of the Battle for Dunkirk, but the use only of black and white images throughout provides a consistent atmosphere that tells the story of the aftermath of a bitter battle where French and British soldiers fought side by side and where most were successfully evacuated, most from the open beaches in what was an incredible action conducted with great courage. The cover image is a poignant summary of the whole battle. A temporary beach grave of a British soldier lies alongside a WWI vintage anti-tank rifle that still faces inland. We are left to wonder if the soldier was buried alongside his out-dated weapon after fighting to the last in a gallant rearguard action that saved so many of his comrades. In the background is the grounded wreck of a warship which could have been French or British, both navies having sacrificed so many destroyers and coastal warships to ensure the success of the evacuation. Dunkirk has collected its fair share of myths and legends. A battle that ends with an enemy occupying your ground is, in simple terms, a victory for that enemy. However, Operation Dynamo was a spectacular victory in snatching so many troops from under the enemy guns. Their evacuation made clear to Hitler that Britain would not quietly surrender, even if it took him a few months to fully get that message. All of the BEF heavy equipment was lost, but British industry and supplies from the US and the Commonwealth soon replaced the losses with more effective equipment. The evacuated troops made the difference between eventual defeat and eventual victory. One of the little reported facts that is demonstrated so clearly in this book was the use of vehicles driven by British troops at low tide, two abreast, into the surf to form crude jetties to enable small craft to pick up their loads of soldiers over several trips each day without risk of grounding. The debris is depicted around the town and along the Dunkirk beaches. These pictures tell a million words and also show that many vehicles were still serviceable and adopted by the Germans for their own use. The captioning is well executed and this is a highly informative book. It is an essential addition to any military enthusiasts library and will also be valued by historians and military professionals. It should be more widely read because of the human story it tells so convincingly and it will provide inspiration for model makers and model engineers, particularly in building impressive dioramas.