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Dunkirk

Joshua Levine


ISBN 9780008227876


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.

The Author

joshua-levineJoshua Levine has written six bestselling histories including titles in the hugely popular Forgotten Voices series. Beauty & Atrocity, his account of the Irish Troubles, was nominated for the Writers' Guild Book of the Year award.

On a Wing and a Prayer, his history of the pilots of the First World War, has been turned into a major British television documentary. He has written and presented a number of programmes for BBC Radio 4. In a previous life, he was a criminal barrister. He lives in London.

 


 

 

 

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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