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EBOOK ⚫ Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man Å The rescue in Mayof British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings 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 himTold to stand and fight to the last man, these brave few battalions fought in whatever manner they could to buy precious time for the evacuation Outnumbered and outgunned, they launched spectacular and heroic attacks time and again, despite ferocious fighting and the knowledge that for many only capture or death would end their struggle I found this read incredible The research, knowledge and craftsmanship in the way the events have been brought together are outstanding The sense of foreboding is palpable and you really get a sense of what it must have been like to be on the receiving end of the advancing menace of the Wehrmacht SS.However futile all war is it never ceases to amaze me the bravery people shown in the most horrific and hopeless situations Well deserving of 5 stars It s no walk on the beach to give Hugh his due now that there s the movie Dunkirk to compare him to.He gives us not just Dunkirk He gives us the entire 1940 campaign From archives on both sides of the Meuse The Mechelen Affair taking of the impregnable fortress of Eben Emeal are particularly done in beautiful detail thanks to newly uncovered material Undoubtedly this is why the atmosphere tastes different from To Lose a Battle,comprehensive The fever of impending defeat among the Al It s no walk on the beach to give Hugh his due now that there s the movie Dunkirk to compare him to.He gives us not just Dunkirk He gives us the entire 1940 campaign From archives on both sides of the Meuse The Mechelen Affair taking of the impregnable fortress of Eben Emeal are particularly done in beautiful detail thanks to newly uncovered material Undoubtedly this is why the atmosphere tastes different from To Lose a Battle,comprehensive The fever of impending defeat among the Allied High Command is less hot than the victory fever of Edwin Rommel as he races ahead of the order to halt the Panzers Hitler intervened in this manner several times in the course of the campaign in sudden fear of losing his preciously husbanded armour to a cut off Few such counterattacks materialized and none succeeded, but that doesn t mean the French Army and BEF were always on the run Like I pointed out for the Schlieffen Plan and the Marne, ye ol map fails to convey the blood its unstoppable arrows are painted with The anxiety is palable among German recollections when a stealthy river crossing suddenly turned contested For all the legendary Luftwaffe air supremacy and scything Blitzkrieg, a lot of bitter fighting marked the river by river jump between lines of resistance The wealth of first hand accounts is peppered with Lewis gun bullets and shrapnel from Sedan to Arras It is also stained with SS atrocities, such as the Totenkopf sat Le Paradis, that call bull on the theory that such massacres were confined to the Normandy campaign and beyond under the dehumanizing influence of SS service on the Russian Front Their hands were red by the time the tanks made several general stops in front of the marshy lowlands near the North French coast, not only by order of the F hrer but by their generals also, who preferred to infiltrate such terrain by infantry.So what about Dunkirk Honestly, DunkirkhasDunkirk in it The RAF remains too hidden behind the greasy clouds of burning oil, the prevalence of passenger ships and military vessels in the evacuation over those glory hogging Little Ships is too faint and we don t spend enough time shuffling along the sands as it is The Men They Left Behind come into a deserved spotlight near the end, in particular the 51st Highland Division of WWI fame.This is one of those books where 3.5 stars would say it all excellent quality, but doesn t quite deliver on its cover It s like Dunkirk Retreat to Victory s big brother A meticulously researched history of the retreat evacuation of British French troops from France in 1940 almost an hour by hour narrative Extensive use of official documents, unit war diaries British, French German and personal narratives Does not neglect the political story for thedramatic military events Highly recommended A meticulously researched history of the retreat evacuation of British French troops from France in 1940 almost an hour by hour narrative Extensive use of official documents, unit war diaries British, French German and personal narratives Does not neglect the political story for thedramatic military events Highly recommended I m not really a fan of military history all the details about different army units which I never can keep straight batallions, regiments,divisions etc and their movements and the thicknesses of tank armor of the latter esp there seems to be a good deal in this book have always left me pretty much cold, so the first 200 pages were pretty hard slogging Around there, however, the individual stories and narratives German as well as British and French, with a handful of other nationali I m not really a fan of military history all the details about different army units which I never can keep straight batallions, regiments,divisions etc and their movements and the thicknesses of tank armor of the latter esp there seems to be a good deal in this book have always left me pretty much cold, so the first 200 pages were pretty hard slogging Around there, however, the individual stories and narratives German as well as British and French, with a handful of other nationalities as well start to get gripping, and the pace of my reading started to pick up Many, many soldiers died in this period, however, and the numbers take their toll I had to put the book down a couple of times to get some distance.The author takes the long view to his story, because this is really a story of the British Expeditionary Force s invasion and retreat, not just Dunkirk itself, title notwithstanding And he is definitely patriotic He kept referring the spirit of the true British soldier and the British Armed Forces My one area of disagreement, however, is that he was ratherforgiving of British war crimes than German though, at least as he tells it, the German incidents were larger Still, he deals with Germans well This is all theadmirable given that the author is a British Jew who lost two cousins in the war