This book, the third title in the Author’s Retreat and Rearguard series, covers the actions of the BEF during the retreat from the Dyle Line to the evacuation points of Dunkirk, Boulogne, Calais, St Valery-en-Caux and finally the Cherbourg Peninsula.
Some of the engagements are relatively well known (Cassell, the Arras counter-attack and the notorious Le Paradis SS massacre) but the author has unearthed many less known engagements from the long and painful withdrawal. While the main Dunkirk evacuation from the port and beaches was over by early June, elements of the BEF fought on until 21 June.
In relating those, often heroic, actions the author catches the atmosphere of desperate defiance that typified this never-to-be-forgotten period.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Jerry Murland followed a successful career as a teacher, and since retirement has devoted his time to researching and writing on the two world wars. His books include Retreat and Rearguard 1914, Battle on the Aisne 1914, Aristocrats Go to War, Retreat and Rearguard: Somme 1918 and Retreat and Rearguard: Dunkirk 1940. He has also written two ‘Battle Ground Europe’ publications and is co-author of the Battle Lines guidebook series to the Western Front 1914–18.
Table of Contents
Author's Note vi
Chapter 1 Return 1
Chapter 2 The Dyle 9
Chapter 3 Towards the Escaut 24
Chapter 4 Massacre of the Innocents 36
Chapter 5 The Escaut 55
Chapter 6 Arras 75
Chapter 7 The Hell that was Boulogne 92
Chapter 8 Calais - The Bitter Agony of Defeat 108
Chapter 9 The Canal Line 130
Chapter 10 Hazebrouck and Cassel 153
Chapter 11 Hondeghem and Cäestre 170
Chapter 12 Ledringhem, Wormhout and West Cappel 180
Chapter 13 The Ypres - Comines Canal 196
Chapter 14 The Final Line 207
Chapter 15 The Quick and the Dead 220
Appendix: Order of Battle 227
Select Bibliography 246