By Sean Longden
THE actual tale OF THE 41,000 BRITISH squaddies WHO have been LEFT at the back of AFTER THE EVACUATION OF DUNKIRK, could 1940
'Meticulously researched, rather well written and deeply relocating' Andrew Roberts
'Few readers can be unmoved by way of Sean Longden's account' Dominic Sandbrook
At 2am at the morning of the third of June 1940, normal Harold Alexander searched alongside the quayside, retaining onto his megaphone and known as "Is an individual there? Is a person there?" earlier than turning his boat again in the direction of England.
Tradition tells us that the dramatic occasions of the evacuation of Dunkirk, within which 300,000 BEF servicemen escaped the Nazis, was once a victory received from the jaws of defeat. For the 1st time, instead of telling the story of the 300,000 who escaped, Sean Longden unearths the tale of the 40,000 males sacrificed within the rearguard battles.
On the seashores and sand dunes, in addition to the roads and amidst the ruins lay the corpses of 1000's who had no longer reached the boats. somewhere else, hospitals filled with the ill and wounded who were left in the back of to obtain remedy from the enemy's medical professionals. and additional afield - nonetheless combating tough along their French allies - was once the whole 51st Highland department, whose struggle had now not accomplished because the final boats slipped away.
Also scattered around the nation-state have been hundreds of thousands of misplaced and lonely squaddies. those 'evaders' had additionally overlooked the boats and have been now desperately attempting to make their very own means domestic, both via strolling throughout France or rowing around the channel. the bulk, besides the fact that, have been now prisoners of conflict who have been compelled to stroll at the loss of life marches the entire technique to the camps in Germany and Poland, the place they have been forgotten until eventually 1945.
'Sean Longden is a emerging identify in army historical past, and is ready to discover the lacking tales of the second one global warfare' Guardian
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