Much has been written about the efforts of the Royal Navy in shuttling soldiers (of the British Expeditionary Force and French Army) to safety (at Dunkirk), but here we are given an unparalleled look inside this massive operation and the invaluable role played by the BEF. Without the ferocity and bravery of the officers and ordinary soldiers on the ground, the German army would likely have encircled nearly half a million Allied soldiers. The loss of these battalions, Sebag-Montefiore argues, could have dramatically changed the direction of the war, and enabled Hitler to invade a weakened Britain.
This is military history at its best: a judicious analysis of the movement of the war, and a vivid feel of what it was like to be on the front line. Sebag-Montefiore brings these menthe forgotten heroes of Dunkirkto life, and it is their valiant exploits and devotion to their brethren that form the heart of this important book.
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"It is both meticulous military history and a deeply moving testimony to the extraordinary personal bravery of individual soldiers." - The Times (London).
"Sebag-Montefiore's book is a narrative triumph. The author has brought together scores of personal accounts to impressive, moving effect." - Sunday Telegraph.
"Sebag-Montefiore's book reads like a thriller... This book is a tour de force." - Daily Mail.
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