Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades, and Captain Marcus Ervine-Andrews VC who single-handedly held back a German attack on the Dunkirk perimeter thereby allowing the British line to form up behind him.
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Told to stand and fight to the last man, these brave few battalions fought in whatever manner they could to buy precious time for the evacuation. Outnumbered and outgunned, they launched spectacular and heroic attacks time and again, despite ferocious fighting and the knowledge that for many only capture or death would end their struggle.
ISBN Bibliography and sources. After victories in battle, retreats are probably the most fascinating of all military accounts.
In my mind it was mostly civilian boats with the almost cartoonish image of the last English soldier escaping unscathed as the Germans run toward the docks shaking their heads and their fists. About Hugh Sebag-Montefiore. What fascinated me most during this portion of the book was how it was not so much that the Blitzkrieg was unstoppable and it may have been but at how many junctures early in the war entire campaigns turned on the greatness or failings of a few people. To show how history is propelled by a few people, carries many more with its passion but most people are just trying to get out of the way before it crushes them. A confused battle followed, where visibility was low because of forested or urban terrain and communications were poor because the British at that time used no radios below battalion level and the telephone wires had been cut.
From Xenophon's famous "March of the 10," to Napoleon's retreat from Moscow and Rommel's withdrawal across North Africa, the fate of vanquished warriors who refuse to surrender but make [End Page ] their way home, fighting as they do so, possess the quality, generally, of epic. Many soldiers—often most—will be killed or captured; but those who make it to safety will be heroes, despite defeat.
Like my own father, the author's cousin fought at Dunkirk, and he wishes naturally to honor his service. Had the retreat and evacuation failed, as Sebag Montefiore points out, the consequences for "all Anglo-Jewish families" would have been "catastrophic.
In this respect—rather like Ian McEwen's recent novel Atonement , which exploited documents in the Imperial War Museum's collection to great effect—Sebag Montefiore has been both diligent and successful. There are many actions, skirmishes and records that will be unfamiliar to even the well-versed military reader, and they are well told. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the author in the additional role he has taken on: namely that of historian.
The problem—an interesting one for military writers—is the author's complete unwillingness to exercise his judgment. A cast of famous, infamous, and completely unknown characters—Hitler, Churchill, Weygand, Gort, Dill, Dixon, Vranken—mount the stage of northern Europe, completely bereft of military evaluation, authorial discipline or strong opinion. Still, Dunkirk is a work of substantial scholarship.
Sebag-Montefiore carefully places the British withdrawal within the context of everything that happened in the Lowlands and northern France from the time the Wehrmacht skirted the Maginot Line and instead plunged through the Ardennes forests to the final British evacuation from Saint-Nazaire two weeks after the Battle of Dunkirk. For World War II scholars, this book is a valuable compendium. For those of us fascinated by military history, Dunkirk is a challenging textbook.
Anyone looking for an easy read should stick to Tom Clancy.