- 31/07/2018 at 14:46 #96020WhirlwindParticipant
Which books have people come across which deal with the activities of the BEF – or its subordinate formations – in 1940 in most detail? Any recommendations?
https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/01/08/2018 at 00:35 #96059grizzlymcParticipant
No help here, but I shall be interested to see what pops up besides the few general histories that are around.01/08/2018 at 05:16 #96061EtrangerParticipant
One of the problems of course was that the sheer chaos of May-June meant that a lot of the official unit diaries & other records were either lost, destroyed, misplaced or never made in the first place. Detailed unit histories are therefore somewhat thin on the ground. A couple of decent reads to start you on the way, both relatively recent and should be widely available:
Most of what’s available naturally focuses on Dunkirk and the retreat. There are quite a few of those. One that I found quite detailed was Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man. https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/55581/dunkirk/
One worth looking out for is Saul David’s Churchill’s Sacrifice of the Highland Division (sometimes also known as Beyond Dunkirk) https://www.amazon.com/Churchills-Sacrifice-Highland-Division-France/dp/185753378X which, as the title suggests, looks at those units that didn’t get out there.
01/08/2018 at 06:34 #96063Steve JohnsonParticipant
- This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by Etranger.
I recommend Sebag-Montefiore’s book as it contains loads of detail, excellent maps and is a great read. You can also skip certain chapters so that you follow only the BEF, which they kindly tell you how to do at the start of the book.
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