Pillar of Fire: Dunkirk 1940

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Birlinn, 1990 - History - 256 pages
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Early in May 1940, after months of phoney war, the armies of the Third Reich burst out of the Ardennes into northern France. Brilliantly conceived and executed, Operation Sickelschnitt was one of the most astonishing military plans of all time. Cutting through weak French defences, Rommel's panzers raced for the Channel behind the main British and French armies. Pillar of Fire is a unique personal view of this epic story of the journey of the British Expeditionary Force from hope to despair, to triumph in the midst of defeat - a triumph that may have saved Britain from Nazi tyranny.

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Ronald Atkin is a journalist, author and historian whose other works include Pillar of Fire: Dunkirk 1940; Maintain The Right, an early history of the Mounted Police of Canada; Dieppe 1942: The Jubilee Disaster; and The Book of Wimbledon. Britain's Sports Journalist of the Year in 1984, he also narrowly survived the detailed research necessary to compile Great Bars of the World.

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