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Being a blue blooded Brit and all that I decided to write my piece on how historians view Dunkirk My earliest thoughts on it were shaped by early black and white war films with noble Tommies against vile Huns gallantly beating out their escape while under heavy attack The truth about the matter was far from straightforward with a host of variables as well as lots of good luck For us Dunkirk- though admittedly a failure we did flee the field after all- was an amazing feat of sheer courage National spirit as well as raw tenacity refusing to kick the can despite every odd stacked against us- rather like in the Battle of Agincourt As we all know the story I see no point in telling a biased version of events so I will go through the interesting books I found Interestingly enough the authors generally focus on different themes either the success or failures of a particular side My first book see bibliography for detailsedited by J R M Butler is surprisingly objective for a UK Military series book Admittedly slightly biased yet at the same time remarkably fair to Germany in its appraisals The book starts before the retreat of the miningwith around 7000 mines of the channel so creating a protective passage to France taking place between 11th September to October This was completely successful bar one U-boat which came though before its completion Three tried to break through the U 12 and U 40 being blown up the third grounded itself trying to escape the mine field to be shot by surface vessels Then it describes as many of the books do how many men returned to safetyapproximately 337000 which was far in excess of their wildest dreams of only 45000 at the very most It goes on to praise the men involved It is a classic example of co-operation by the three Services then before it goes on to
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