• Dünkirchen 1940

  • The German View of Dunkirk
  • By: Robert Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Richard Trinder
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Dünkirchen 1940

By: Robert Kershaw
Narrated by: Richard Trinder
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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Dünkirchen 1940 by Robert Kershaw, read by Richard Trinder.

Using revelatory new material on an event which changed the tide of World War II, Robert Kershaw’s ground-breaking history explores the Battle of Dunkirk from the German perspective.

The British evacuation from the beaches of the small French port town of Dunkirk is one of the iconic moments of military history. The battle has captured the popular imagination through LIFE magazine photo spreads, the fiction of Ian McEwan and, of course, Christopher Nolan’s hugely successful Hollywood blockbuster. But what is the German view of this stunning Allied escape? Drawing on German interviews, diaries and unit post-action reports, Robert Kershaw creates a thrilling historical account of a battle that we thought we knew.

Dünkirchen 1940 is the first major history on what went wrong for the Germans at Dunkirk. As supreme military commander, Hitler had seemingly achieved a miracle after the swift capitulation of Holland and Belgium, but with just seven kilometres before the panzers captured Dunkirk—the only port through which the trapped British Expeditionary force might escape—they came to a shuddering stop. Hitler had lost control of his stunning advance. Only a detailed interpretation of the German perspective—historically lacking to date—can provide answers as to why.

Drawing on his own military experience, his German language skills and his historian's eye for detail, Robert Kershaw creates a new history of this familiar battle. With a fresh angle on this famous conflict, Dünkirchen 1940 delves into the under-evaluated major German miscalculation both strategically and tactically that arguably cost Hitler the war.

©2022 Robert Kershaw (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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Critic Reviews

"Robert Kershaw’s accurate and gritty account provides a fresh coherency to the German action in Belgium and France in the spring of 1940. His methodical approach dispels many of the myths surrounding Dunkirk." (David Price, bestselling author of The Crew)

"Military history of the highest order." (Jonathan Dimbleby, author and broadcaster)

"Impeccably researched, a unique and enthralling approach–Dunkirk solely from the victors’ perspective." (Anthony Tucker-Jones, author of Churchill, Master and Commander)

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