The Fight For the Channel Ports: Calais to Brest 1940: A Study in Confusion - Michael GloverLeo Cooper in association with Secker and Warburg, 1985, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “In the summer of 1940 all British attention was focused on the Deliverance of Dunkirk as the Expeditionary Force, its communications cut, fought its way back to the coast. But since the War historians have given little thought to the British troops, including the country’s only armoured division, who were trapped in France outside the Dunkirk perimeter. The Royal Navy eventually evacuated 144,171 men but more than 20,000 failed to return. This is the dramatic story of the last actions fought by the abandoned BEF troops who struggled down the Channel coast, selling their lives dearly in a desperate attempt to reach safety. A few incidents have been told before — the defence of Calais by the Greenjackets; the trapping of the Highland Division at St. Valery: yet the Battle Honours Amiens 1940 and Abbeville are as little known as they are rare, and Doullens was not rated as an Honour despite the handsome tribute paid by the enemy to the ill-armed, undertrained Territorials (12th Eastern Division) who defended it. Now their ordeal is told in full. This is a story of muddle and confusion redeemed only by the bravery of the fighting troops. A story in which all military actions were tempered by political considerations and in which Government policy demanded a show of solidarity with France, in the hope that the powerful French navy would continue to fight on the Allied side. Thus the abandoned BEF were beset with order and counter-order and, as a result of the lack of unified command, thousands of men were lost and vast amounts of desperately needed stores and equipment had to be destroyed or left to the enemy. It was a classic example of the way in which war should not be waged.”