Dunkirk 1940: Operation Dynamo

Dunkirk 1940: Operation Dynamo


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During the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940, German forces successfully cut off several units of British, French and Canadian troops from supporting forces and supplies. Nearly 350,000 Allied troops were left stranded on the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, in France, amounting to what Winston Churchill called "the whole root, core, and brain of the British Army." Between May 26 and June 4, 1940, in what was named Operation Dynamo, a total of 338,226 soldiers were rescued by hastily assembled boats to British destroyers and other large ships or directly back to England.

This book fills a gap in Osprey's coverage of World War II (1939-1945), as no Campaign titles have yet covered the Dunkirk evacuation, and, unlike previous treatments of the subject, provides a description and assessment of the operation from an operation perspective. Author Doug Dildy relates the various overlapping and interconnected struggles—land forces vs. land forces, air forces vs. air forces, air forces vs. naval forces, all in a race against time—and their operational impacts on one another in one coherent, coordinated volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846034572
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Series: Campaign , #219
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Doug Dildy is a retired US Air Force (USAF) colonel who spent nine of his 26-year career in Western Europe and retired with approximately 3,200 hours of fast jet time, almost half of that as an F-15 Eagle pilot._ As commander of the 32d Fighter Squadron, Soesterberg AB, NL, he enforced the No-Fly-Zone over Iraq acquiring over 100 hours of combat time in the F-15, making him an expert on F-15 employment, especially in operations over Iraq. _
Dildy is a USAF Academy graduate with a degree in history and attended the US Armed Forces Staff College and USAF Air War College._ Additionally he has a Masters Degree in Political Science. _As part of his formal military education, he authored several campaign studies._ He has also authored several articles for notable US aviation history magazines, including pieces on the Dutch, Danish and Norwegian air arms' defense against the German invasions of 1940._ He is a regular contributor to the amateur modeling magazine Small Air Forces Observer. The author lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign 5

Chronology 8

Opposing Commanders 11

Allied commanders

German commanders

Opposing Forces 15

Allied forces

German forces

Orders of battle

Opposing Plans 27

Operation Dynamo

The German plan to deal with the Dunkirk pocket

The Campaign 32

The race is on, Sunday 26 May

The Panzers roll, Monday 27 May

The Belgians surrender, Tuesday 28 May

The Luftwaffe strikes, Wednesday 29 May

The Panzers turn away, Thursday 30 May

The biggest day, Friday 31 May

The Luftwaffe's last chance, Saturday 1 June

The French fight on, Sunday 2 June

The British are gone, 3 and 4 June

Aftermath 86

The Battlefield Today 90

Further Reading 92

Index 95

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