The Dunkirk Evacuation: Background information when reading The Afrika Reich

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The Afrika Reich

By Guy Saville

The Afrika Reich
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2013,
    400 pages.
    Paperback: 13 Jan 2015,
    400 pages.

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The Dunkirk Evacuation

In The Afrika Reich, author Guy Saville sets his story in a world in which the "miracle of Dunkirk" is reimagined as the "massacre of Dunkirk". In this book, Britain failed in their mass evacuation of troops from the European mainland. Burton Cole, the protagonist, is a survivor of the "Dunkirk Massacre" and a former prisoner of the Germans.

British troops rescued at DunkirkThe stage for the real Dunkirk Miracle was set on the night of May 9, 1940. German troops attacked Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Northern France (bypassing the much-vaunted Maginot Line). Though British troops moved to the defense of these so-called 'low-countries' and that of France, their forces were unable to prevent a German victory in occupying those countries. On May 14, German forces turned toward the English Channel and the channel port cities to cut off the retreat of troops. Had they succeeded in cutting off this line of retreat, all British troops then present in Western Europe would have been stranded behind enemy lines, ...

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