Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man

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Penguin Books Limited, May 31, 2007 - History - 701 pages
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The rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches. The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away. Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades, and Captain Marcus Ervine-Andrews VC who single-handedly held back a German attack on the Dunkirk perimeter thereby allowing the British line to form up behind him.

Told to stand and fight to the last man, these brave few battalions fought in whatever manner they could to buy precious time for the evacuation. Outnumbered and outgunned, they launched spectacular and heroic attacks time and again, despite ferocious fighting and the knowledge that for many only capture or death would end their struggle.

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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

As a reader of military history I found Dunkirk fight to the last man both good, because it gave me information that I did not know, and bad because I found it repetitive at times. I would recommend this book to readers interested in WWII, but not to general readers since it drags at times. Read full review

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User Review  - Dom Parker - Goodreads

I knew very little about Dunkirk so decided to do something about it by buying this book. An extraordinary piece of writing giving at once a day-in-the-life of view of the lads in the foxholes to the ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore was a barrister before becoming a journalist and then an author. He wrote the best-selling Enigma: The Battle for the Code. One of his ancestors was evacuated from Dunkirk.

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