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Dunkirk: Retreat to Victory
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This vivid account of the 1940 Dunkirk Evacuation sheds new light on the famous WWII fighting withdrawal and rescue operation.
In May 1940, the small British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was sent to help the Belgians and French against advancing German forces. Ill-equipped and under-trained, the Allied troops conducted a fighting withdrawal in the face of the formidable Germans. Winston Churchill feared that nearly all of the BEF would be killed or captured, but thankfully most were rescued and a defeat was turned into a victory—one that lives on in the annals of history.
General Julian Thompson draws from rare and previously unpublished materials to recreate the action on the beaches of the small town—from the misunderstandings between the British and French generals to the experiences of the ordinary soldier fending for his life and trying to return to his homeland.
Unlike other books on the subject, Thompson's account gives full weight to the inland fighting as the BEF found itself in mortal danger. Thompson aims to correct popular myths about the evacuation and set the history straight once and for all about the events that unfolded in May 1940.
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Julian Thompson. (2011). Dunkirk: Retreat to Victory. Skyhorse Publishing.

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General Julian Thompson draws from rare and previously unpublished materials to recreate the action on the beaches of the small town—from the misunderstandings between the British and French generals to the experiences of the ordinary soldier fending for his life and trying to return to his homeland.
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        It's tempting to compare Thompson's book to Barbara W. Tuchman's great The Guns of August, but that misses the point. Each follows the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) at the start of a world war, relating the trials of a small, determined force outnumbered by the sledgehammer of a larger foe. While Guns focuses on the big picture, Thompson is focused on the tactical angles and a BEF that is much different from that fielded in 1914. As a former general, Thompson (The Royal Marines) has the rare ability to translate the importance of movements, tactics, and minutiae for the layperson and make it exciting. He unblinkingly examines the strengths and failings of all combatants. VERDICT It's a rare thing to know the outcome of an event yet still feel suspense, frustration, and the gaining of new insight. A brilliant book, perfect for informed readers looking for the next great World War II history.--B.D.

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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General Julian Thompson draws from rare and previously unpublished materials to recreate the action on the beaches of the small town—from the misunderstandings between the British and French generals to the experiences of the ordinary soldier fending for his life and trying to return to his homeland.
Unlike other books on the subject, Thompson's account gives full weight to the inland...
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