The Battle of Dunkirk, in May/June 1940, is remembered as a stunning defeat, yet a major victory as well. Though the Nazis had beat back the Allies as they attempted to invade Germany and had pushed them across France, to the northern port of Dunkirk, the more than 300,000 Allied troops were daringly evacuated. This moment of German aggression was used by Winston Churchill as a call to Franklin Roosevelt to enter the war.
Now, historian Joshua Levine explores the real lives of those soldiers, bombed and strafed on the beaches for days on end, without food or ammunition; the civilians whose boats were overloaded; the airmen who risked their lives to buy their companions on the ground precious time; and those who did not escape.
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A first-class portrait of that traumatic and tragic time, conveyed largely through the worlds of those who experienced it. Sunday Telegraph