Dunkirk

Retreat to Victory

Author: Julian Thompson

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330508458

Category: History

Page: 338

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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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Mons

The Retreat to Victory

Author: John Terraine

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840222432

Category: History

Page: 224

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Twice in the 20th century, a British Expeditionary Force has taken the field in Northern France to fight beside the French Army. Twice, the Expeditionary Force has survived threat of complete destruction. But the differences between the Retreat to Dunkirk in 1940 and the first encounter with the enemy at Mons in 1914 are significant.
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The Hero of Dunkirk

The Life of Admiral Bertram Ramsay, Naval Mastermind of the Allied Landings

Author: Andrew Gordon

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674049826

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory

Author: Michael Korda

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 1631491334

Category: History

Page: 564

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One of the most miraculous military rescue missions in modern history comes alive in this “superb and panoramic” (Washington Post) account of Dunkirk. No one can evince the drama of what actually happened at Dunkirk in the year 1940 with as “great narrative skill and superb delineation” (David McCullough) as Michael Korda, the historian and legendary book editor. As dramatized in Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk, May 1940 was a month like no other: Germany’s war machine blazed into France, the impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany. Against this vast canvas, best-selling author Michael Korda relates his own personal story, “by turns charming, powerful and poignant” (Minneapolis Star Tribune): that of a six-year-old boy from a glamorous movie family who would himself be evacuated. Weaving together “eyewitness detail and a fine sense of drama” (Boston Globe) to form an epic of remarkable originality, Alone movingly captures a moment of historic triumph—when an unlikely flotilla of destroyers brought 300,000 men home to safety.
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The Maggie Bright

A Novel of Dunkirk

Author: Tracy Groot

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 1496406702

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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2016 Christian Book Award finalist (Fiction category) England, 1940. Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the Maggie Bright—a noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, she’s counting on it. But the boat harbors secrets. When a stranger arrives, searching for documents hidden onboard, Clare is pulled into a Scotland Yard investigation that could shed light on Hitler’s darkest schemes and prompt America to action. Across the Channel, Hitler’s Blitzkrieg has the entire British army in retreat with little hope for rescue at the shallow beaches of Dunkirk. With time running out, Churchill recruits civilian watercraft to help. Hitler is attacking from land, air, and sea, and any boat that goes might not return. Yet Clare knows Maggie Bright must answer the call—piloted by an American who has refused to join the war effort until now and a detective with a very personal motive for exposing the truth. The fate of the war hinges on this rescue. While two men join the desperate fight, a nation prays for a miracle.
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Churchill's Wizards

The British Genius for Deception 1914-1945

Author: Nicholas Rankin

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 057124789X

Category: History

Page: 704

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The real story of how Winston Churchill and the British mastered deception to defeat the Nazis - by conning the Kaiser, hoaxing Hitler and using brains to outwit brawn. By June 1940, most of Europe had fallen to the Nazis and Britain stood alone. So, with Winston Churchill in charge the British bluffed their way out of trouble, drawing on the trickery which had helped them win the First World War. They broadcast outrageous British propaganda on pretend German radio stations, broke German secret codes and eavesdropped on their messages. Every German spy in Britain was captured and many were used to send back false information to their controllers. Forged documents misled their intelligence. Bogus wireless traffic from entire phantom armies, dummy airfields with model planes, disguised ships and inflatable rubber tanks created a vital illusion of strength. Culminating in the spectacular misdirection that was so essential to the success of D-Day in 1944, Churchill's Wizards: The British Genius for Deception 1914-1945 is a thrilling work of popular military history filled with almost unbelievable stories of bravery, creativity and deception. Nicholas Rankin is the author of Dead Man's Chest, Telegram From Guernica and Ian Fleming's Commandos. 'This is a story clamouring to be told. We could not have imagined the scope of the inventiveness, the daring of these people's imaginations . . . I could not stop reading this book.' Doris Lessing
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Monty and Rommel

Parallel Lives

Author: Peter Caddick-Adams

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1468309064

Category: History

Page: 640

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Two men came to personify generalship in the Second World War: Bernard Montgomery for the British and Erwin Rommel for the Germans. In the span of a few short years, they fought a series of extraordinary duels across several theaters of war. Ever since, historians have assessed their outstanding leadership, personalities, and skill. Monty and Rommel is the first comparative biography written of these two extraordinary soldiers. It explores how each was "made" by their war leaders, Churchill and Hitler, and how the thoughts of both permeate down to today's armies.
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Retreat to victory

a Springbok's diary in North Africa : Gazala to El Alamein 1942

Author: James Ambrose Brown

Publisher: Ashanti Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 301

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Victory Principles

Leadership Lessons from D-Day

Author: Leonard Kloeber

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1614484228

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 286

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From a longtime leader in both military and business organizations, lessons inspired by World War II history that anyone can use. This practical book explores seven essential leadership principles that all successful leaders use, drawing from the compelling story of the Allied invasion of Normandy. Learn how you can put these same principles to work today as a leader in your own organization, your community, or your personal life. Vision Innovation and Learning Capability: People and Resources Timely Decisions: AIME Decision Model Operating Principles and Values Resilience Your Team and Team Building
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