Retreat and Rearguard - Dunkirk 1940: The Evacuation of the BEF to the Channel Ports

Retreat and Rearguard - Dunkirk 1940: The Evacuation of the BEF to the Channel Ports

by Jerry Murland

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Retreat and Rearguard - Dunkirk 1940: The Evacuation of the BEF to the Channel Ports by Jerry Murland

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473823662
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 05/24/2016
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

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction ix

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

Notes 234

Select Bibliography 246

Index 248

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