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Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture

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With vivid storytelling and attention to detail, Sebag-Montefiore delves into the military strategies, individual acts of heroism, and the intense challenges faced during this critical operation. This was until I learned that it was based on a series of interviews -- and later backed up at the end of the book. He is content to let you know that the British army is trapped, and gets right into the business of showing you how they got un-trapped.

From May 26 to June 4, 1940, the initiative aimed to evacuate hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops trapped and surrounded by German forces in the French coastal town of Dunkirk. The books mentioned in this article will hopefully give you a range of perspectives, from comprehensive historical accounts to personal memoirs and unique viewpoints. The battle has captured the popular imagination through LIFE magazine photo spreads, the fiction of Ian McEwan and, of course, Christopher Nolan's hugely successful Hollywood blockbuster. My father spoke so fondly about this close bond with his fellow Officers and soldiers, and I know this ethos remains central nowadays. Andrew Roberts, Daily Mail ‘Longden’s a master at building the big picture detail-by-detail, using veterans’ memories to good effect, creating an absorbing history of the period in question.In May 1940, the remnants of the French and British armies, beaten back by Hitler’s blitzkrieg, retreated to Dunkirk. The book offers a gripping and detailed retelling of the events, highlighting the remarkable spirit and determination that turned what seemed like a desperate situation into a symbol of hope. If one does not have basic military knowledge, or existing knowledge of the events at Dunkirk (which I did not have), nor the use of the internet to google terms and maps of the retreat/army lay outs, then I would say this book may rank lower than the 4 stars I have given it. Lord does not analyze the hypotheses in any great depth, other than to acknowledge the competing theories.

Every once in awhile, Lord provides the German or French perspective (I wish there had been more from the Germans).Hemmed in by overwhelming Nazi strength, the 338,000 men gathered on the beach were all that stood between Hitler and Western Europe. However, whilst previous books have focussed on the miraculous escape of over 300,000 men across the English channel, this book switches the attention to the 40,000 British soldiers who did not escape. Modern war is so impersonal, it's a rare moment when the ordinary citizen feels that he's making a direct contribution. The way it was written was quite informative and in layman's terms, but the author jumped back and forth between dates so it was hard to follow.

After eight months of Phoney War, however, Hitler suddenly attacked Belgium, Holland, and Luxemburg. Due to another miscalculation, General Rundstedt’s Army Group A came crashing through the Ardennes and – with more than a thousand tanks – stormed across the river Meuse and was now knifing through the French countryside.

Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. For The Miracle of Dunkirk, Lord interviewed hundreds of survivors and people who were involved in the evacuation. The men Lord introduces provide decent coverage, from soldiers waiting for rescue to destroyer captains dodging German torpedo boats to civilian day-sailors crossing the Channel to lend assistance ( A Night to Remember’s “hero,” former Titanic officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, makes an appearance, piloting his yacht Sundowner to Dunkirk).

Or maybe Lord doesn't view the Crucial Event or handle the narrative mode with the conviction he once did. When reading Lord’s work today it still reflects a historian who had mastered the craft of narrative history and allowed the reader to take part in the action being described.He wrote the book when he could still talk to eyewitnesses and participants, and I found myself getting sucked in, more than I was expecting when the big infodumps started.

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