Can anyone recommend a good panoramic book about the retreat to Dunkirk? Ideally I want one with lots of anecdotes and vignettes in it.
On Amazon:B_G_L said:Thirty Days to Dunkirk by Brig G Gough, DSO, MC.
Story of 1st bn Royal Irish Fusiliers defence and rearguard actions written by their OC. Excellent read, full of the sort of thing you are after.
Published 1990 by Bridge Books. I picked my copy up in a second hand book shop.
CuddlesCuddles said:Oooh...that does sound exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for. I've got my "Gun buster" book but I want an infantry perspective predominantly. Any more for any more?
Thanks P-T. Funnily enough I had the privilege of often sitting next to Sir Martin in the RUSI Library when he was researching his seminal work.Poppy_Travel said:CuddlesCuddles said:Oooh...that does sound exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for. I've got my "Gun buster" book but I want an infantry perspective predominantly. Any more for any more?
You could also try the following:-
Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore - Hardback has been out for a year, paperback out in a month or so.
Finest Hour by Phil Craig and Tim Clayton has a lot of interviews and stories from the British point of View.
The Battle For France And Flanders: Sixty Years On by Edited by Professor Brian Bond is a collection of papers which offer some interesting insights.
If you have access to the Daily Telegraph reprints of "War Illustrated" then you will find a good account of the Gunners at Hondegem - much better than in Honour Titles of the Royal Artillery.
If you haven't read it before, you could also try the chapters in "History of the RA - Years of Defeat" by Martin Farndale.
Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949 (Mass Market Paperback) by Siegfried Knappe has a good chapter about what it was like to be in the Wehrmacht in that operation, as does Kurt Meyer's Grenadier.
We also have some places on our Battlefield Tour to Dunkirk 25-27 May (the right time of year) http://www.remembrancetravel.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=tour.view&id=4
This will be led by Colonel Christopher Newbould ex Glosters, who is related to Peter Vaux, often quoted as a witness to the Arras Counter Attack (supported by "Gun Buster" in 365 Bty). Christopher Newbould designs the tours we run for the ATRs as well as many of our adult tours.
We have a lot of original source material not included in the popular books, including the story of the DLI at Arras (also covered by "Gun Buster") Glosters Ox & Bucks at Cassel, the Warwicks at Wormoult and the defence of the Dunkirk Perimeter.
Good link! I'll pass it on to the guides who cover the 1940 campaign. About 1/3 of recruits trained at ATR Winchester do the 1940 Realities of War Tour.stickybomb said: