1st ed., 1990. 256 pp., photo-plates + map. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Small owner's stamp to f.f.e.p., o/w FINE. In the space of three and a half weeks during May and early June 1940, the armed forces of Nazi Germany came breathtakingly close to winning the new European war only ten months after it had begun. The BEF, and Britain, faced catastrophe as they, along with French and Belgian allies, were cut off in the north and driven back to the sands of the Channel and the ruins of Dunkirk, the lone port still in their hands. This book describes how the catastrophe of Dunkirk was averted through a combination of enemy blunders and British resourcefulness. The true story of those desperate weeks is dramatically chronicled through archival diaries, memoirs and personal reminiscences of hundreds of men who lived through the period – from COs to foot soldiers and generals to privates.