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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.

Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign/Chronology/Opposing commanders/Opposing armies/Orders of battle/Opposing plans/The campaign/Aftermath/The battlefield today/Further reading/Index

Product details

Published Mar 23 2010
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846034572
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 41 b/w; 51 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 219
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Douglas C. Dildy

Douglas C. Dildy is a retired US Air Force colonel…

Illustrator

Howard Gerrard

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