The Royal Navy at Dunkirk

Commanding Officers' Reports of British Warships In Action During Operation Dynamo

Martin Mace

 
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473886728
Pages : 448
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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$44.95

Overview
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The fact that the British Expeditionary Force was evacuated from Dunkirk in May-June 1940 has achieved the status of a legend. Whilst the part played by the ‘Little Ships’ in that ‘miracle’ is equally well known, the role of the Royal Navy’s warships – the destroyers, minesweepers and personnel ships – is often overlooked. Indeed, more than 300,000 troops out of a total of 338,226, were evacuated from the harbor at Dunkirk in these vessels.

In the weeks after Operation Dynamo, the Admiralty issued an order requiring the Commanding Officers of those British warships involved to submit a report detailing their actions.

Described in their own words, with the events still fresh in their minds, the result is a vivid record of the chaos, improvisation, skill and bravery that all combined to rescue the basis of an army that helped carry Britain through the dark months and years that followed. It is a record that forms the basis of this book.

About The Author
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Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty-five years. He began his career with local history, writing a book on the Second World War anti-invasion defences and stop lines in West Sussex. Following the success of this book, he established Historic Military Press, which has published a wide range of titles. In 2006 he began working on the idea for Britain at War Magazine, the first issue of which went on sale in May 2007. This publication has grown rapidly to become the best-selling military history periodical on the high street. Martin now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

REVIEWS
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"Good histories rely on reliable source material and you cannot get much better than the contents of this compelling read assembled by Martin Mace... I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Martin Mace knows how to handle this sort of stuff using the lightest of touches. He has done a superb job bringing all this material together but he deliberately fades into the background allowing the men who were there to speak for themselves... The result is an enthralling compendium of histories that dovetail together in the best of ways. This is a Dunkirk book everyone should read."

- War History Online

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