Dunkirk, Retreat from the brink of destruction. by Lieutenant Colonel Ewan Butler, Major J. S. Bradford
This book was re-published on 9 July 2017 to coincide with the film ‘Dunkirk’. It was originally printed as ‘Keep the Memory Green’ and renamed after the release of the film Dunkirk in 1958.
Folk who know me will be surprised that I’m reviewing a World War II book, as my usual obsession is World War I!
This is a fascinating read, telling the story of Dunkirk through the understanding and experiences of two military men who were involved. Whilst it has lots of detail, it is by no means heavy reading, or overloaded with military detail which the average civilian would find off putting. One of the things that I really enjoyed was the comparison in conditions and preparedness between the B.E.F. of 1939 and that of 1914. The story was also enhanced by some of the anecdotes related by the authors – I particularly enjoyed the one about the man in the pub who joined the many other volunteers who took their own small boat to help in the evacuation.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Thanks are due to Sapere Books for providing a copy of the book for review.