DUNKIRK: THE NECESSARY MYTH.

By: Harman, Nicholas.

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271 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "(The author), in this long, close and hard look at one of the events which shaped the course of the war, cogently argues that if the full truth had been known at the time, the nation's exultation at its deliverance would have been greatly dimmed; and that the Dunkirk spirit, which helped to sustain the British people through five more hard years of war was to a considerable extent based on myth; necessary myth, which was eagerly embraced by a nation under the spell of Churchill's oratory. For while the soldiers, or most of them, displayed fortitude, there was deception and trickery, conflict and contradictory orders at the political and high command level. It can be argued that in war it is sometimes necessary to deceive allies as well as enemies. The reader will be able to judge for himself the morality of actions taken by desperate men as catastrophe loomed ever nearer. Nicholas Harman scrutinises the Dunkirk affair at all its levels. He sees it through the eyes of Cabinet ministers and military commanders; from the naval angle and from the viewpoint of those who manned the 'little ships'; and he has researched a wealth of revealing anecdote about the confused, exhausted soldiers who made the long retreat to the port, and who, on arrival in Britain, were welcomed as if they had been conquerors." Large gift inscription on front free endpaper, remainder mark on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, very light rubbing.

Title: DUNKIRK: THE NECESSARY MYTH.

Author Name: Harman, Nicholas.

Categories: Military - World War II,

Publisher: London, Hodder and Stoughton: 1980

ISBN Number: 03402499X

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 23968

Keywords: Dunkirk, British Expeditionary Force, B.E.F., Blitzkrieg, Arras, Operation Dynamo, Beaches, Bastion, Belgium, Blockships, Calais, Civilian boats, Dive-bombers, English Channel, Gort, Ferry boats, East Mole, Minesweepers, Meuse, Royal Air Force, Propaganda, Politics, Dunkirk Spirit, Morale, world War II, Second World War, Little Ships, Rescue Operations, Evacuations, Winston Churchill, High Command, Allies, Military Commanders.,