Fighter Pilots of World War II Author:Robert Jackson The New York Times of 2 June 1940 summed up the greatest disaster in British military history thus: 'As lon as the English tongue survives, the world "Dunkirk" will be spoken with reverence.' — This book tells the story of the Dunkirk evacuation. It traces the fortunes of the British Expeditionary Force during those dark days of May 1940 when boy... more »s armed with little more than rifles took on the might of Hitler's panzer divisions -- and held them while Allied armies crumbled on all sides. It is the story not only of British troops fighting a lost campaign, but of French soldiers too, whose heroism and self-sacrifice made the deliverance of Dunkirk possible.
This is essentially the story of the British people -- of the grim determination of an island race to battle on, no matter what the cost, and to nurture, from defeat, the germ of future victory. It is a story that hammers home the grim lesson that no modern war can be fought with the machinery of the way before it -- a lesson that still holds good today, decades after the ghost of a great army came home from France.« less