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Dunkirk - The Men They Left Behind

C..le (2009) | MOBI | 528 pages | ISBN: 1845299779 | 1.6 Mb

Dunkirk - The Men They Left Behind / by Sean Longden. At 2am on the morning of the 3rd of June 1940, General Harold Alexander searched along the quayside, holding onto his megaphone and called _Is anyone there? Is anyone there?_ before turning his boat back towards England.Tradition tells us that the dramatic events of the evacuation of Dunkirk, in which 300,000 BEF servicemen escaped the Nazis, was a victory gained from the jaws of defeat.
For the first time, rather than telling the tale of the 300,000 who escaped, Sean Longden reveals the story of the 40,000 men sacrificed in the rearguard battles.On the beaches and sand dunes, besides the roads and amidst the ruins lay the corpses of hundreds who had not reached the boats. Elsewhere, hospitals full of the sick and wounded who had been left behind to receive treatment from the enemy_s doctors. And further afield _ still fighting hard alongside their French allies - was the entire 51st Highland Division, whose war had not finished as the last boats slipped away. Also scattered across the countryside were hundreds of lost and lonely soldiers. These _evaders_ had also missed the boats and were now desperately trying to make their own way home, eitaher by walking across France or rowing across the channel. The majority, however, were now prisoners of war who were forced to walk on the death marches all the way to the camps in Germany and Poland, where they were forgotten until 1945.Praise for Sean Longden'Forget The Great Escape. Forget The Colditz Story. This is the real thing.' Les Allan, founder of the _National Ex-Prisoner of War Association.__A powerful indictment of the crimes perpetrated against men who had surrendered in good faith....Never again, after Mr Longden's excellent work, shall we see the plight of POWs as anything other than unremittingly monstrous.' Andrew Roberts, Daily Mail_The sex_n_drugs_n_rock_n_roll of soldiering_ The Times_Longden_s a master at building the big picture detail-by-detail, using veterans_ memories to good effect, creating an absorbing history of the period in question. He_s a historian to read, regardless of theme, especially as he chooses such compelling subjects.' Sue Baker, Publishing News

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