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After Dunkirk: Churchill's Sacrifice of the Highland Division

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    Saul David(Author)

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On 12 June 1940, more than a week after the last British troops had been evacuated from Dunkirk, the 51st (Highland) Division was forced to surrender to General Erwin Rommel's 7th Panzer Division at St Valery-en-Caux. More than 10,000 members of the Division were driven into five years of captivity in prison camps. Drawing upon over 100 personal interviews with survivors of the battle, upon unit war diaries, personal letters and journals, as well as official documents and reports, the author traces the story of the Highland Division from its arrival in France, through the excitement of patrol operations in front of the Maginot Line and its magnificent defensive battles on the Somme and the Bresle, to the final, desperate stand in the little Norman seaport of St Valery.

Saul David is the acclaimed author of the Brassey's title Mutiny at Salerno: An Injustice Exposed, as well as Military Blunders: The How and Why of Military Failure. The author's most recent book The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (Penguin, 2003) has been a paperback bestseller. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Saul David(Author)
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  • By Rod Geddes on 17 July 2017

    A brilliant piece of research. The story of the 51st Highland Division in the time after Dunkirk and indeed before should be far better known. That they were"sacrificed" was all too obvious. I have to admit my prejudices here, my then 20 year old father was there and his story of his eventual escape, thanks to an officer who commandeered two trucks for his men and stayed behind at St. Valery, via a Breton fishing boat in the far west of France probably echoed those of many others who made it back alone or in small groups.Wonderful book!

  • By stu on 26 July 2017

    Encouraged by the blockbuster Dunkirk I wanted to read more about the disaster become victory. However this book doesn't cover the evacuation but more on the fighting which took place after Dunkirk. Most people think the fighting finished after Dunkirk. Sadly it wasn't the 51st fought on to the bitter end. This book covers that in great detail.Its a good read!

  • By T Rainsborough on 3 March 2016

    A highly recommended brilliant account of the needless destruction of the famed Highland Division due to the political chicanery between Churchill, the British War Office and the French High Command. As is usual with Saul David's books, despite knowing the outcome before reading the book, he builds the suspense of the events in a masterly manner. His forensic analysis of the events demonstrates his skill both as an historian and an author. Unfortunately, as the book appears to be currently out of print, I had to read the Kindle version and, sadly, I must remove one star for the repeated typing mistakes running throughout it. Very poor performance by Amazon's transcribers!

  • By The Jannie on 27 May 2017

    It's no wonder this fiasco was kept quiet at the time and for years later. This author's mix of official history and anecdotal evidence works well; the proof reading doesn't! Hence I've given it one star short for the irritation the typos caused.

  • By brian p mcintosh on 20 August 2017

    Great insight into the way the British Government treated the highland division and the cover up afterwards

  • By M. Fraser on 23 April 2017

    Quite a few typos , but as the son of a Captured Gordon Highlander, a stirring and gripping tale. Sacrifice and courage abound.

  • By Dutchnick on 29 May 2017

    Good solid detail, slightly heavy going. Read on kindle maps so would have helped. Shows the French as being pretty pathetic when it came to fighting for their homeland and the admirable dogged efforts of the Scots

  • By Andy Gallagher on 1 June 2017

    Excellent description of what these men endured. Only criticism would be a lack of maps in the Kindle edition made it difficult to envisage locations.


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