Dünkirchen 1940: The German View of Dunkirk


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Osprey Publishing (UK)
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6.35 X 9.32 X 1.25 inches | 1.58 pounds

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About the Author

A graduate of Reading University, Robert Kershaw joined the Parachute Regiment in 1973 and ultimately commanded 10 PARA. He attended the German Staff College, spending a further two years with the Bundeswehr as an infantry, airborne and arctic warfare instructor. He speaks fluent German. On leaving the British Army in 2006 he became a full-time author and a military analyst. He has recorded for BBC radio and published frequent magazine and newspaper articles. Two of his books have been serialized in the Daily Mail and the Daily Express. He lives in Salisbury, England.


"Kershaw's book is a welcome rebalancing; a thoughtful, well-researched and well-written contribution to a narrative that has long been too one-sided and too mired in national mythology." --The Times

"This is military history of the highest order. Superbly written and drawn from richly original sources, Dünkirchen 1940 throws new light on what the British tend to regard as an heroic humiliation but for the Germans was a victorious sideshow. An abundance of vivid personal memories, woven deftly in a clear narrative, make for a truly gripping read." --Jonathan Dimbleby, author and broadcaster

"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'

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

"Robert Kershaw has produced another superb book that demands a reassessment of the fighting at Dunkirk. In this highly readable and insightful account, Kershaw provides a much needed corrective to some of the assumptions made about the German forces using a new and underutilised sources. The result is blend of absorbing narrative history and clinical analysis, that deserves take its place among the great works about this totemic battle." --Lloyd Clark, author of 'Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality and Hitler's Lightning War'

"An impressive account - Kershaw uses a mass of eye-witness testimony to fashion a compelling narrative. In doing so, he offers an important reassessment of this pivotal moment in World War Two." --Michael Jones, author of 'After Hitler: The Last Days of the Second World War'

"Robert Kershaw makes all the complexities of 1940 easy to comprehend. This is a first-class book by a master of his trade. He comfortably combines British, French and German voices in an epic story which traverses the tactical to the grand strategic. In each area, a new and refreshing telling of one of the most decisive years in British history, he demonstrates that he is master of all." --Robert Lyman, author of 'A War of Empires'

"Kershaw tells an excellent story from a hitherto neglected viewpoint." --History of War

"A myth busting history of Dunkirk" - Richard Overy, The Telegraph