Rescuing the British Army from Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and off the beaches. This book tells the story of the officers and ordinary British, and French, soldiers who were ordered to hold a series of strong points inland while their comrades were evacuated. They were to fight to the last man. The battle at Dunkirk would have turned out very differently if it were not for men such as Sergeant Major Gus Jennings of the Royal Warwickshire regiment who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades, and Captain Marcus Ervine-Andrews VC who single-handedly held back a German attack on the Dunkirk perimeter thereby allowing the British line to form up behind him. Using new material from British, French, Belgian, German, Russian and Czechoslovakian archives, and interviews with the last surviving witnesses of the Dunkirk campaign, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore can at last tell the true story of how the British Army was really evacuated from Dunkirk and from France in 1940.
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‘A narrative triumph. I have not read a better account’ -- Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph
‘A searing story . . . both meticulous military history and a deeply moving testimony to the extraordinary personal bravery of individual soldiers’ -- Tim Gardam, The Times
‘Eminently readable, fascinating. A fine book that breaks new ground in studies of this part of the war’ -- Simon Heffer, Literary Review
‘Reads like a thriller. A tour de force’ -- Daily Mail
‘Sebag-Montefiore has added significantly to our knowledge … a marvellous tribute to these men who helped create a legend’ -- John Crossland, Sunday Times
‘Sebag-Montefiore tells [the story] with gusto, a remarkable attention to detail and an inexhaustible appetite for tracking down the evidence’ -- Richard Overy, Telegraph
‘Several fine books have been written about "the miracle of Dunkirk", but none better than this’ -- Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore was a barrister before becoming a journalist and then an author. He is the author of the best-selling Enigma: The Battle For The Code. One of his ancestors was evacuated from Dunkirk.
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