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Maj Chris Buckham
Friday, 15 September 2017
Dunkirk: A Miracle of Deliverance - David Boyle
A Miracle of Deliverance
This is not a long book. Remarkably short in fact; not much over 100
pages. What it lacks in length however, it makes up for in content and quality.
Given the number of books that have been written about the evacuation of
Dunkirk, I was not expecting too much and was very pleasantly surprised. Boyle
has focused his narrative around Vice-Admiral Bertram Home Ramsay, Commander
of the Port of Dover and its environs. He was appointed to be overall Commander
of the evacuation and, as such, was lead planner and executor of one of the
most audacious and ambitious sea operations to date. The author has divided his
story by day running from May 19th to June 3rd with a
brief introduction to set the stage. The writing is tight and conveys the
stress, uncertainty and determination of the participants with poignancy. This
is a book about the planning and execution of the evacuation itself, not about
the peripheral aspects such as the Highland Division’s and French army’s
rearguard actions or the German efforts. I thoroughly enjoyed this work and
would recommend it for those who wish to have a better appreciation of the
level of work, coordination and luck that was required for the British (and
French) to turn defeat into a viable opportunity.