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A meticulously-researched, very well written and deeply moving account of the experiences of the forty thousand British soldiers who fell into German hands during the Dunkirk campaign. (Andrew Roberts)
Sean Longden's fascinating history fills a gap that ought to have been plugged long ago and reminds us that the Dunkirk miracle didn't work for everyone. (James Delingpole.)
In Sean Longden [the POWs] have found a sensitive and capable chronicler, and his sensitive book cannot fail to elicit sympathy for their suffering and admiration for their sacrifice. (Dominic Sandbrook Evening Standard)
A moving account telling a part of history that time has forgotten. (Big Issue North)
It has changed my understanding of life for British POWs in the Second World War. (Soldier Magazine)
At 2am on the morning of the 3rd of June 1940, General Harold Alexander searched along the quayside, holding onto his megaphone and called "Is anyone there? Is anyone there?" before turning his boat back towards England.
Tradition tells us that the dramatic events of the evacuation of Dunkirk, in which 300,000 BEF servicemen escaped the Nazis, was a victory gained from the jaws of defeat. For the first time, rather than telling the tale of the 300,000 who escaped, Sean Longden reveals the story of the 40,000 men sacrificed in the rearguard battles.
On the beaches and sand dunes, besides the roads and amidst the ruins lay the corpses of hundreds who had not reached the boats. Elsewhere, hospitals full of the sick and wounded who had been left behind to receive treatment from the enemy's doctors. And further afield - still fighting hard alongside their French allies - was the entire 51st Highland Division, whose war had not finished as the last boats slipped away. Also scattered across the countryside were hundreds of lost and lonely soldiers. These 'evaders' had also missed the boats and were now desperately trying to make their own way home, either by walking across France or rowing across the channel. The majority, however, were now prisoners of war who were forced to walk on the death marches all the way to the camps in Germany and Poland, where they were forgotten until 1945.
Praise for Sean Longden
'Forget The Great Escape. Forget The Colditz Story. This is the real thing.' Les Allan, founder of the 'National Ex-Prisoner of War Association.'
'A powerful indictment of the crimes perpetrated against men who had surrendered in good faith....Never again, after Mr Longden's excellent work, shall we see the plight of POWs as anything other than unremittingly monstrous.' Andrew Roberts, Daily Mail
'Longden's a master at building the big picture detail-by-detail, using veterans' memories to good effect, creating an absorbing history of the period in question. He's a historian to read, regardless of theme.' Sue Baker, Publishing News
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