Boulogne - May 23 1940. A town under siege. A rampant German panzer division hammers at its gates. Panic in the street and chaos on the docks. Air Raids. Frightened refugees and dispirited Allied soliers scramble to escape. Churchill sends the Guards: the Irish and the Welsh, to help the French garrison stem the German tide. Two fine battalions with no support against an armoured division. A hopeless task. Hours later he pulls them out but some are left. The final act-riffles against tanks across the Bassin Napoleon. The last bullet. The bitter taste of surrender.
|Publication date:||15th March 2001|
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Ltd|
|Categories:||European history, Second World War, Battles & campaigns,|
Jon Cooksey was born in the village of Havercroft, near Royston and attended secondary school in Grimethorpe. During that time, he represented South Yorkshire as the Captain of the South Yorkshire Schools Rugby Football Union under 15 and under 16 teams. He later studied at Leeds Polytechnic where he gained an Honours Degree in Education.More About Jon Cooksey