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Dunkirk Fight to the Last Man by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Dunkirk Fight to the Last Man

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Hugh Sebag-Montefiore examines the facts behind the famous 1940 retreat and the myths that now surround it to reveal the truth about Dunkirk. While over 300,000 men were rescued more than 40,000 were left behind. It was their bravery, as outgunned and outnumbered they fought to ensure the safe evacuation of those on the beaches at Dunkirk. Their fate was to be marched to Germany and face 5 years in captivity. This has long been a classic study of the Dunkirk disaster and it’s now been reissued to commemorate the 75th anniversary this year. ~ Sue Baker

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Dunkirk Fight to the Last Man by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

This is a special 75th Anniversary Edition. Hugh Sebag-Montefiore's Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man tells the story of the rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk. Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches. The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away. Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades, and Captain Marcus Ervine-Andrews VC who single-handedly held back a German attack on the Dunkirk perimeter thereby allowing the British line to form up behind him. Told to stand and fight to the last man, these brave few battalions fought in whatever manner they could to buy precious time for the evacuation. Outnumbered and outgunned, they launched spectacular and heroic attacks time and again, despite ferocious fighting and the knowledge that for many only capture or death would end their struggle. A searing story...both meticulous military history and a deeply moving testimony to the extraordinary personal bravery of individual soldiers. (Tim Gardam, The Times). Sebag-Montefiore tells [the story] with gusto, a remarkable attention to detail and an inexhaustible appetite for tracking down the evidence. (Richard Ovary, Telegraph).


'A searing story ... both meticulous military history and a deeply moving testimony to the extraordinary personal bravery of individual soldiers' -- Tim Gardam The Times

'Sebag-Montefiore tells [the story] with gusto, a remarkable attention to detail and an inexhaustible appetite for tracking down the evidence' -- Richard Overy Telegraph

'Several fine books have been written about the miracle of Dunkirk , but none better than this' -- Andrew Roberts Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore was a barrister before becoming a journalist and then an author; he wrote the best-selling Enigma: The Battle for the Code. One of his ancestors was evacuated from Dunkirk.

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Publication date

30th April 2015


Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

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Penguin Books Ltd


672 pages


Biography / Autobiography

True stories of heroism, endurance & survival
Second World War
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