Dunkirk and the Little Ships

Dunkirk and the Little Ships

by Philip Weir


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An illustrated guide to the history of the famous “Little Ships” and their role in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, which saved hundreds of thousands of British soldiers from capture by German forces.

In May 1940, German troops advanced through Holland, Belgium, and France with astonishing speed, forcing the British Expeditionary Force and the French army to retreat to the northeast coast of France. The evacuation plan—Operation Dynamo—was put into effect with the expectation that only about 45,000 men might be rescued. However, by the hasty assembly of a vast armada of disparate vessels (thought to be in the region of 900, of which about 700 were privately owned), 338,226 Allied troops were brought safely back to England. Without the contribution of those Dunkirk Little Ships, as they have come to be known, thousands of British troops would have died on the shores of France, and the ongoing fight against the Axis powers rendered all the more challenging.

In this title, Philip Weir reveals the story of all the vessels that undertook this great mission, exploring their general role and individual histories, including their preservation and 'the Little Ships' participation in return runs every five years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784423759
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/22/2020
Series: Shire Library
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Phil Weir is a historian specializing in the Royal Navy in the first half of the twentieth century. In his Ph.D. from the University of Exeter in 2007, he examined the development of British naval aviation between the wars, and has written for the Navy Records Society, History Today and Time. He has also contributed to both television and radio programs, most recently appearing on the BBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?' He lives in Exeter, UK.

Table of Contents

The Fall of France
Evacuation Plans
The Evacuation
The Commemorative Returns
Other Evacuations.

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