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Colin JonesThe story usually is told in terms of the unlikely heroism of the small-boat owners who risked -- and often gave -- their lives in the venture, scuttling round the beaches and harbor under heavy aerial bombardment as Hitler's forces closed in on the port. In his compelling new study, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore focuses instead on what he calls "the forgotten heroes of Dunkirk," the British soldiers who -- outgunned, outnumbered and against the odds -- sought to cover the Allied army's retreat to the coast. These men, he argues, responded magnificently to the order to fight to the last man and the last bullet to help evacuate their comrades. They paid for their bravery. About 25,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded during the campaign, and more than 41,000 Britons went missing or were captured.
— The Washington Post