Dunkirk: The Men They Left Behind by Sean Longden

By Sean Longden

At 2AM at the morning of the third of June 1940, common Harold Alexander searched alongside the quayside, conserving onto his megaphone and referred to as “Is a person there? Is someone there?” earlier than turning his boat again in the direction of England. culture tells us that the dramatic occasions of the evacuation of Dunkirk, within which 300,000 BEF servicemen escaped the Nazis, used to be a victory received from the jaws of defeat. For the 1st time, instead of telling the story of the 300,000 who escaped, Sean Longden unearths the tale of the 40,000 males sacrificed within the rearguard battles.

On the shorelines and sand dunes, in addition to the roads and amidst the ruins lay the corpses of 1000's who had no longer reached the boats. in other places, hospitals packed with the ill and wounded who have been left at the back of to obtain therapy from the enemy’s medical professionals. and extra afield – nonetheless struggling with not easy along their French allies - used to be the total 51st Highland department, whose struggle had no longer entire because the final boats slipped away. additionally scattered around the geographical region have been enormous quantities of misplaced and lonely infantrymen. those ‘evaders’ had additionally ignored the boats and have been now desperately attempting to make their very own means domestic, both via jogging throughout France or rowing around the Channel. the bulk, even though, have been now prisoners of battle who have been pressured to stroll at the dying marches the entire solution to the camps in Germany and Poland, the place they have been forgotten till 1945.


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T h e y remained in Sandinista service during the ensuing w a r with the U S - b a c k e d C o n t r a rebels in the 1 9 8 0 s , although they were gradually replaced by Soviet-built armored e q u i p m e n t starting in 1 9 8 1 . S t a g h o u n d s also served in small n u m b e r s in H o n d u r a s starting in 1 9 5 1 ; these m a y have originated in the handful of vehicles left in the US for testing. 1: STAGHOUND ARMORED CAR, CUBAN ARMY, 1959 The Cuban army received some Staghounds from the US under the Military Assistance Program, and supplemented them with ex-Egyptian/ex-Israeli Staghounds in the mid-1950s after US aid was cut off.

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