Dunkirk 1940 Through a German Lens, Camera On 3

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.


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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
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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.