Dunkirk Evacuation Operation Dynamo

Dunkirk Evacuation   Operation Dynamo

Nine Days that Saved an Army Martin Mace, John Grehan. DUNKIRK
EVACUATION OPERATION DYNAMO DUNKIRK EVACUATION OPERATION
DYNAMO NINE DAYS THAT SAVED AN ARMY Front Cover.

Author: Martin Mace

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781526770363

Category: History

Page: 168

View: 426

The ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk is one of the most inspiring stories of all time. The British Expeditionary Force had been all but surrounded, and, with the French armies collapsing on all sides, it appeared that Britain was about to suffer the heaviest defeat in its history. When Winston Churchill’s War Cabinet finally accepted that the Battle of France had been lost, preparations were made to try and rescue as many soldiers as possible from one of the few ports left open to the British Expeditionary Force – Dunkirk. So rushed and chaotic was the retreat to the Channel coast, with thousands of guns, vehicles and tanks being abandoned, there was little time for soldiers to consider taking photographs of the shocking scenes of death and destruction which surrounded them. Yet images do exist of the ships and boats of all descriptions which braved the bombs and guns of the German Air Force to rescue Britain’s only field army from the clutches of Hitler’s panzer divisions. One man in particular, Sub-Lieutenant John Rutherford Crosby, a member of the crew of the minesweeper, and converted Clyde paddle steamer, HMS Oriole, left a legacy of dramatic images. These include the never-to-be-forgotten scenes of long lines of tired and anxious troops stretching into the sea and of bombs exploding on the packed beaches – all with his own personal little camera. Other images in this book paint a vivid and memorable picture, as no words ever could, of the greatest evacuation of troops under fire.
Categories: History

The Evacuation from Dunkirk

The Evacuation from Dunkirk

This is the Naval Staff History of "Operation Dynamo", originally published internally in 1949.

Author: W.J.R. Gardner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317973584

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 872

This is the Naval Staff History of "Operation Dynamo", originally published internally in 1949. British ships evacuated nearly 100,000 men of the BEF from the beaches, and over 200,000 from harbours. Other nations' vessels carried more than 30,000.
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The Dunkirk Evacuation in 100 Objects

The Dunkirk Evacuation in 100 Objects

Through 100 objects, from the wreck of a ship through to a dug-up rifle, and individual photographs to large memorials, all of which represent a moving snapshot of the past, the author sets out to tell the story of what came to be known as ...

Author: Martin Mace

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 1526709902

Category: Dunkirk, Battle of, Dunkerque, France, 1940

Page: 242

View: 312

At 18.57 hours on Sunday, 26 May 1940, the Admiralty issued the directive which instigated the start of Operation Dynamo. This was the order to rescue the British Expeditionary Force from the French port of Dunkirk and the beaches surrounding it. The Admiralty believed that it would only be able to rescue 45,000 men over the course of the following two days. Between 26 May and 4 June 1940, however, when Dynamo officially ended, an armada of ships, big and small, naval and civilian achieved what had been considered impossible. In fact, in this period a total of 338,682 men had been disembarked at British ports. Such a figure has exceeded the expectations of most. Little wonder, therefore, that an editorial in The New York Times at the beginning of June declared, So long as the English tongue survives, the word Dunkirk will be spoken with reverence. Through 100 objects, from the wreck of a ship through to a dug-up rifle, and individual photographs to large memorials, all of which represent a moving snapshot of the past, the author sets out to tell the story of what came to be known as The Miracle of Dunkirk. The full-colour photographs of each 100 items are accompanied by detailed explanations of the object and the people and events which make them so special or relevant.
Categories: Dunkirk, Battle of, Dunkerque, France, 1940

The Miracle of Dunkirk

The Miracle of Dunkirk

The true story of the World War II evacuation portrayed in the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Day of Infamy.

Author: Walter Lord

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781453238509

Category: History

Page: 330

View: 515

The true story of the World War II evacuation portrayed in the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Day of Infamy. In May 1940, the remnants of the French and British armies, broken by Hitler’s blitzkrieg, retreated to Dunkirk. Hemmed in by overwhelming Nazi strength, the 338,000 men gathered on the beach were all that stood between Hitler and Western Europe. Crush them, and the path to Paris and London was clear. Unable to retreat any farther, the Allied soldiers set up defense positions and prayed for deliverance. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an evacuation on May 26, expecting to save no more than a handful of his men. But Britain would not let its soldiers down. Hundreds of fishing boats, pleasure yachts, and commercial vessels streamed into the Channel to back up the Royal Navy, and in a week nearly the entire army was ferried safely back to England. Based on interviews with hundreds of survivors and told by “a master narrator,” The Miracle of Dunkirk is a striking history of a week when the outcome of World War II hung in the balance (Arthur Schlesinger Jr.).
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Dunkirk Operation Dynamo 26th May 4th June 1940 An Epic of Gallantry

Dunkirk Operation Dynamo  26th May   4th June 1940 An Epic of Gallantry

The undeniable success of the evacuation was certainly a crucial naval and military achievement but its positive effect on the nation's morale was just as important, instilling confidence in the eventual outcome of the war, whatever the ...

Author: M. J. Pearce

Publisher: Britannia Naval Histories of W

ISBN: 183801070X

Category: History

Page: 434

View: 396

The successful evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Belgium and northern France through the port of Dunkirk and across adjacent beaches is rightly regarded as one of the most significant episodes in the nation's long history, although Winston Churchill sagely cautioned in Parliament on 4th June that the country "must be careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations". Nevertheless, the Dunkirk evacuation, Operation "Dynamo", was a victory and, like many others before it, it was a victory of sea power. The Royal Navy achieved what it set out to do, despite grievous losses, in the teeth of determined opposition. It denied an aggressive and ruthless continental power a potentially war-winning total victory that could have changed the direction of civilization for generations to come. The loss of the main British field army would have enfeebled the nation militarily and psychologically, prompting political upheaval, potentially resulting in a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany on unfavourable terms dictated by Adolf Hitler. The undeniable success of the evacuation was certainly a crucial naval and military achievement but its positive effect on the nation's morale was just as important, instilling confidence in the eventual outcome of the war, whatever the immediate future might hold, and creating optimism in the face of adversity that added "the Dunkirk spirit" to the English language.This edition of Dunkirk, Operation "Dynamo" 26th May - 4th June 1940, An Epic of Gallantry, publishes the now declassified Battle Summary No 41, a document once classified as 'Restricted' and produced in small numbers only for official government purposes. This Summary, The Evacuation from Dunkirk, lodged in the archive at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, is one of the very few surviving copies in existence and records events in minute detail, being written soon after the evacuation using the words of the naval officers involved. This makes it a unique record and a primary source for the history of Operation "Dynamo" from mid-May 1940 until its conclusion on 4th June. The original document has been supplemented in this title by a Foreword written by Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, formerly the Royal Navy's Commander-in-Chief, Fleet, whose father commanded one of the destroyers sunk off Dunkirk when rescuing troops. In addition, there is a modern historical introduction and commentary, putting the evacuation into context and this edition is enhanced by the inclusion of a large number of previously unpublished photographs of the beaches, town, and harbour of Dunkirk taken immediately after the conclusion of the operation, together with others illustrating many of the ships that took part.
Categories: History

Forgotten Voices of Dunkirk

Forgotten Voices of Dunkirk

Drawing on the wealth of material from the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, Forgotten Voices of Dunkirk presents in the words of both rescued and rescuers in an intimate and dramatic account of what Winston Churchill described as a ...

Author: Joshua Levine

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781407031293

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 105

The subject of the new major film by Christopher Nolan It could have been the biggest military disaster suffered by the British in the Second World War, but against all odds the British Army was successfully evacuated, and 'Dunkirk spirit' became synonymous with the strength of the British people in adversity. On the same day that Winston Churchill became Prime Minister, Nazi troops invaded Holland, Luxembourg and Belgium. The eight-month period of calm that had existed since the declaration of war was over. But the defences constructed by the Allies in preparation failed to repel a German army with superior tactics.The British Expeditionary Force soon found themselves in an increasingly chaotic retreat. By the end of May 1940, over 400,000 Allied troops were trapped in and around the port of Dunkirk without shelter or supplies. Hitler's army was just ten miles away. On 26 May, the British Admiralty launched Operation Dynamo. This famous rescue mission sent every available vessel - from navy destroyers and troopships to pleasure cruisers and fishing boats - over the Channel to Dunkirk. Of the 850 'Little Ships' that sailed to Dunkirk, 235 were sunk by German aircraft or mines, but over this nine day period 338,000 British and French troops were safely evacuated. Drawing on the wealth of material from the Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, Forgotten Voices of Dunkirk presents in the words of both rescued and rescuers in an intimate and dramatic account of what Winston Churchill described as a 'miracle of deliverance'.
Categories: History

The Fall of France

The Fall of France

... Dynamo At 6.45 on 26 May the Admiralty had issued the order to begin the
evacuation of troops from Dunkirk: 'Operation Dynamo is to commence.' The
execution of this operation was further to fuel the flames of Franco-British
animosity.

Author: Julian Jackson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192805509

Category: History

Page: 274

View: 914

On 16 May 1940 an emergency meeting of the French High Command was called at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris. The German army had broken through the French lines on the River Meuse at Sedan and elsewhere, only five days after launching their attack. Churchill, who had been telephoned by Prime Minister Reynaud the previous evening to be told that the French were beaten, rushed to Paris to meet the French leaders. The mood in the meeting was one of panic and despair; there was talk ofevacuating Paris. Churchill asked Gamelin, the French Commander in Chief, 'Where is the strategic reserve?' 'There is none,' replied Gamelin.This exciting book by Julian Jackson, a leading historian of twentieth-century France, charts the breathtakingly rapid events that led to the defeat and surrender of one of the greatest bastions of the Western Allies, and thus to a dramatic new phase of the Second World War. The search for scapegoats for the most humiliating military disaster in French history began almost at once: were miscalculations by military leaders to blame, or was this an indictment of an entire nation?Using eyewitness accounts, memoirs, and diaries, Julian Jackson recreates, in gripping detail, the intense atmosphere and dramatic events of these six weeks in 1940, unravelling the historical evidence to produce a fresh answer to the perennial question of whether the fall of France was inevitable.
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Dunkirk

Dunkirk

The evacuation, codename Operation Dynamo, had begun. There had been less
than a week to plan, and furthermore no one could predict the scale of Operation
Dynamo with any certainty. No one knew how many troops would reach the ...

Author: Julian Thompson

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330508452

Category: History

Page: 338

View: 159

A masterly work of military history, Dunkirk: Retreat to Victory is also a tribute to the soldiers whose courage and self belief sustained them through their darkest hours. The evacuation of British forces from Dunkirk is one of the pivotal moments in the Second World War – an astonishing endeavour that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Sent to help the Belgians and French hold back the German army, the small British Expeditionary Force was ill-equipped and under-trained. When Hitler attacked on 10 May 1940 and the French and Belgian armies collapsed in the face of Germany's swift and brutal advance, the British soldiers found themselves in mortal danger. In Dunkirk: Retreat to Victory, Major General Julian Thompson recreates the action as the British fought hard for three desperate weeks, conducting a successful fighting withdrawal in the face of a formidable foe. He describes the individual acts of bravery and sacrifice and analyses the decisions of the commanders who made the choice to evacuate. He also takes us to Dunkirk harbour and onto the beaches, where the British army was trapped and under attack, while the Royal Navy and the 'little ships' raced against time to rescue them.
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Dunkirk Operation Dynamo

Dunkirk Operation Dynamo

This special edition of Dunkirk, Operation "Dynamo" 26th May - 4th June 1940, An Epic of Gallantry, publishes the now declassified Battle Summary No 41, a document once classified as 'Restricted' and produced in small numbers only for ...

Author: M J Pearce

Publisher: Paul Honeywill

ISBN: 1838010718

Category:

Page: 434

View: 979

This special edition of Dunkirk, Operation "Dynamo" 26th May - 4th June 1940, An Epic of Gallantry, publishes the now declassified Battle Summary No 41, a document once classified as 'Restricted' and produced in small numbers only for official government purposes. This Summary, The Evacuation from Dunkirk, lodged in the archive at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, is one of the very few surviving copies in existence and records events in minute detail, being written soon after the evacuation using the words of the naval officers involved. This makes it a unique record and a primary source for the history of Operation "Dynamo" from mid-May 1940 until its conclusion on 4th June. The original document has been supplemented in this title by a Foreword written by Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, formerly the Royal Navy's Commander-in-Chief, Fleet, whose father commanded one of the destroyers sunk off Dunkirk when rescuing troops. In addition, there is a modern historical introduction and commentary, putting the evacuation into context and this edition is enhanced by the inclusion of a large number of previously unpublished photographs of the beaches, town, and harbour of Dunkirk taken immediately after the conclusion of the operation, together with others illustrating many of the ships that took part. The successful evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Belgium and northern France through the port of Dunkirk and across adjacent beaches is rightly regarded as one of the most significant episodes in the nation's long history, although Winston Churchill sagely cautioned in Parliament on 4th June that the country "must be careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations". Nevertheless, the Dunkirk evacuation, Operation "Dynamo", was a victory and, like many others before it, it was a victory of sea power. The Royal Navy achieved what it set out to do, despite grievous losses, in the teeth of determined opposition. It denied an aggressive and ruthless continental power a potentially war-winning total victory that could have changed the direction of civilization for generations to come. The loss of the main British field army would have enfeebled the nation militarily and psychologically, prompting political upheaval, potentially resulting in a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany on unfavourable terms dictated by Adolf Hitler.
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The Road to Dunkirk

The Road to Dunkirk

Just before 1900 on that day the formal order for the evacuationOperation
Dynamo – was given by the Admiralty. Thus the Battle of the Ypres–Comines
Canal effectively commenced at much the same time as the evacuation of the
BEF.

Author: Charles More

Publisher: Frontline

ISBN: 9781473831605

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 746

“A detailed and fascinating account” of a little known WWII showdown in Belgium between the British Expeditionary Force and the German army (Barnsley Chronicle). 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 May 25, 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 toward 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 undertrained army 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. “This book is important for all those interested in the fighting which proceeded the general retreat to and evacuation from Dunkirk. The author has trawled numerous archival sources, which are well cited in this elegantly produced book.” —Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research
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International Relations 1914 1995

International Relations 1914 1995

The numbers of soldiers rescued from Dunkirk Evacuation at Dunkirk The British
and French were most fortunate to be ... The British presented the retreat from
Dunkirk ( Operation Dynamo ) as a magnificent victory when it was really a defeat
.

Author: Tony Rea

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019917167X

Category: History, Modern

Page: 216

View: 243

This book provides the core content required by many of the new GCSE syllabuses. Strongly narrative in approach, there are also many visual and written sources to aid students' understanding of the topics covered. Key Stage 4.
Categories: History, Modern

Dunkirk

Dunkirk

7 Lieutenant-Colonel J. Chabanier, chief of staff of 68 Division, 'Rapport
sommaire des opérations de la 68e D.I. du 10 Mai au ... The Evacuation From
Dunkirk: Operation Dynamo 26 May–4 June 1940 ('Gardner, Evacuation From
Dunkirk'), p.

Author: Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141906164

Category: History

Page: 744

View: 539

* * * Special 75th Anniversary Edition * * * Hugh Sebag-Montefiore's Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man tells the story of the rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk. 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 him. Told 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. 'A searing story . . . both meticulous military history and a deeply moving testimony to the extraordinary personal bravery of individual soldiers' Tim Gardam, The Times 'Sebag-Montefiore tells [the story] with gusto, a remarkable attention to detail and an inexhaustible appetite for tracking down the evidence' Richard Ovary, Telegraph Hugh Sebag-Montefiore was a barrister before becoming a journalist and then an author. He wrote the best-selling Enigma: The Battle for the Code. One of his ancestors was evacuated from Dunkirk.
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101 Amazing Facts about The Second World War

101 Amazing Facts about The Second World War

An evacuation was needed which at the time was codenamed Operation
Dynamo and which we refer to today as the Dunkirk Evacuation or the Miracle of
Dunkirk. A fleet of more than 800 boats was hastily assembled which included
merchant ...

Author: Jack Goldstein

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781783336074

Category: History

Page: 36

View: 148

What was the origin of the word ‘Nazi’? Who were the key figures involved in the Second World War, and what terrible weapons did they unleash? All these questions and more are answered in this fascinating book containing over one hundred facts about WWII. Whether you are looking for information to include in a project or article, or you are just interested in finding out more about this tragic period in modern history, this is a perfect addition to any bookshelf.
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Churchill and the Battle of Britain

Churchill and the Battle of Britain

The evacuation of Dunkirk, code-named Operation Dynamo, was a desperate
rescue attempt. At first, Churchill feared that only 50,000 troops would be saved.
But in the end, around 335,000 British, French, and Belgian troops were shipped
 ...

Author: Nicola Barber

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 9781406261554

Category: Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940

Page: 64

View: 957

How did Winston Churchill inspire Britain and its Empire in the dark days of 1940, when defeat in World War II seemed imminent, and how did that lead to victory in the Battle of Britain? What choices did he have, what support and advice did he receive, and how did his decisions affect history and his legacy? This book looks at a momentous event from World War II, showing how one of the world's most famous leaders chose to follow a particular course of action.
Categories: Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940

Blood Sweat and Arrogance

Blood  Sweat and Arrogance

INCLUDING THE TROOPS evacuated from Dunkirk before the operation proper
began, Dynamo brought back to England 366,162 troops, of which all save fewer
than 30,000 were carried in British ships. F84 This was an enormous ...

Author: Gordon Corrigan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781780225555

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 795

Why the British forces fought so badly in World War II and who was to blame Gordon Corrigan's Mud, Blood and Poppycock overturned the myths that surround the First World War. Now he challenges our assumptions about the Second World War in this brilliant, caustic narrative that exposes just how close Britain came to losing. He reveals how Winston Churchill bears a heavy responsibility for the state of our forces in 1939, and how his interference in military operations caused a string of disasters. The reputations of some of our most famous generals are also overturned: above all, Montgomery, whose post-war stature owes more to his skill with a pen than talent for command. But this is not just a story of personalities. Gordon Corrigan investigates how the British, who had the biggest and best army in the world in 1918, managed to forget everything they had learned in just twenty years. The British invented the tank, but in 1940 it was the Germans who showed the world how to use them. After we avoided defeat, but the slimmest of margins, it was a very long haul to defeat Hitler's army, and one in which the Russians would ultimately bear the heaviest burden.
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The Decisive Duel

The Decisive Duel

Operation Dynamo, the evacuation from Dunkirk, started on 26 May. RAF Fighter
Command's 11 Group, commanded by Air Vice Marshal Keith Park, based in
south-east England, would provide air cover. Since 10 May, 11 Group's sixteen ...

Author: David Isby

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748123612

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 412

London, 15 September 1940. The air battle over Britain on that day saw two of the most advanced fighter planes, the British Supermarine Spitfire and the German Messerschmitt Bf 109, battle for supremacy of the skies. The Decisive Duel tells the stories of these iconic, classic aircraft and the people that created them: Willy Messerschmitt, the German designer with a love for gliders and admiration for Hitler; R.J. Mitchell, his brilliant British counterpart, who struggled against illness to complete the design of the Spitfire. In fascinating detail, David Isby describes the crucial role the two opposed planes played, from the drawing boards to Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain to the final battles over Germany.
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Wait for the Waggon

Wait for the Waggon

smaller and uncertainty regarding the proximity of the enemy to the region where
RASC transport was operating increased. ... The evacuation from Dunkirk,
Operation DYNAMO, was the first big operation in which the RASC Fleet took part
.

Author: John Sutton

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473820388

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 134

The first ever published comprehensive history of the Royal Corps of Transport and its Predecessors, relating the proud part played in helping to develop the highly successful logistic system that the British Army now possesses.
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Operation Dynamo

Operation Dynamo

“Thisis consistent with the other reports we're receiving. We have no real choices
other than an organized retreat to Dunkirk, dig inthere and hope for the best.
There's an effort underway to evacuate us. The Luftwaffe is already ripping us
pretty ...

Author: Rob Clarke

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781496938213

Category: History

Page: 196

View: 525

Michael Denby is a boy forced to watch the war from a distance. He is not old enough to fight but he wants to play a part. He gets his chance when the British Army is evacuated from Dunkirk. He discovers that war can injure people in ways he had never imagined. Edward Mann is a captain in the British Expeditionary Force in France. Some of his fellow officers are as dangerous as the enemy. He has become a complication for an army in retreat but the great military machine has a solution. Mann is given an assignment that will allow him to leave the army honorably—albeit dead.
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Warfare in the Western World Military operations since 1871

Warfare in the Western World  Military operations since 1871

troversy surrounding his decision , Gort managed to cover his northern flank and
make the Dunkirk evacuation possible . As Allied forces streamed into the pocket
, the British set in motion a full - scale evacuation , OperationDynamo .

Author: Robert Doughty

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: WISC:89073989972

Category: History

Page: 1097

View: 959

Authoritative and concise, Warfare in the Western World concentrates on selected campaigns and battles, showing how political and military leaders in the West have used armies to wage war effectively over the last four centuries. The text moves through the centuries, discussing how operational developments and technological improvements eventually led to the concept of total war, first approached in the American Civil War and culminating in the twentieth century's two world wars.
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Dunkirk 1940

Dunkirk 1940

This book fills a gap in Osprey's coverage of World War II (1939-1945), as no Campaign titles have yet covered the Dunkirk evacuation, and, unlike previous treatments of the subject, provides a description and assessment of the operation ...

Author: Doug Dildy

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN: 1846034574

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 624

During the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940, German forces successfully cut off several units of British, French and Canadian troops from supporting forces and supplies. Nearly 350,000 Allied troops were left stranded on the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, in France, amounting to what Winston Churchill called "the whole root, core, and brain of the British Army." Between May 26 and June 4, 1940, in what was named Operation Dynamo, a total of 338,226 soldiers were rescued by hastily assembled boats to British destroyers and other large ships or directly back to England. This book fills a gap in Osprey's coverage of World War II (1939-1945), as no Campaign titles have yet covered the Dunkirk evacuation, and, unlike previous treatments of the subject, provides a description and assessment of the operation from an operation perspective. Author Doug Dildy relates the various overlapping and interconnected struggles--land forces vs. land forces, air forces vs. air forces, air forces vs. naval forces, all in a race against time--and their operational impacts on one another in one coherent, coordinated volume.
Categories: History