Title: The Road to Dunkirk
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Book Condition: New
Eye-witness accounts of a crucial battle during the retreat to Dunkirk New evidence on the relative fighting abilities of the British Expeditionary Force and the German Army Illustrated with photographs and maps Num Pages: 272 pages, 8pp of plates and 5 maps. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 1DDB; 3JJH; HBJD; HBLW; HBWQ; JWLF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 237 x 167 x 26. Weight in Grams: 588. . 2014. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781848327337
Synopsis: This is an important reassessment of a critical period in the British Expeditionary Force?s fight against the German armies invading France in 1940. On 25 May Lord Gort, the British commander, took the decision to move 5th Division north in order to plug a growing gap in his Army?s eastern defenses. Over the next three days the division fought a little-known engagement, the Battle of the Ypres-Comines Canal, to hold the Germans at bay while the rest of the BEF retreated towards Dunkirk.
The book describes the British Army of 1940 and outlines the early stages of the campaign before explaining the context of Gort?s decision and why it was made. Then, using British and German sources, it shows how the British doggedly defended their line against heavy German attacks, and demonstrates that the Expeditionary Force was far more than the badly equipped and under trained army which many historians have represented it as. This fresh look at the campaign also casts new light on other aspects such as the impact of the Luftwaffe and the Dunkirk evacuation itself.
"...a very fine treatment of a little known but important action"
NYMAS Spring 2015
About the Author: CHARLES MORE has a PhD from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He taught at the University of Gloucestershire where he published numerous books and articles. Since retiring he has also published Black Gold: Britain and Oil in the Twentieth Century (Continuum 2009).
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