July 22, 2017 | SuzyQ
Winston Churchill described the evacuation of the beaches of Dunkirk, France in 1940 as a miracle of deliverance for thousands of Allied servicemen, even though it was a victory for Adolf Hitler in World War II.
Former World War II POWs, resistance fighters, soilders, and guards tell their stories with archival footage, re-creations, and rare photographs.
A comprehensive look at the events of World War II.
When the Nazi Blitzkrieg subjugated Europe in World War II, London became the safe haven for the leaders of seven occupied countries--France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Poland--who fled there to avoid imprisonment and set up governments in exile to commandeer their resistance efforts. The lone hold-out against Hitler's offensive, Britain became a beacon of hope to the rest of Europe, as prominent European leaders like French general Charles De Gaulle, Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, and King Haakon of Norway competed for Winston Churchill's attention while trying to rule their embattled countries from the precarious safety of 'Last Hope Island.
Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War II and the great events that led to Dunkirk. In an absorbing work, Alone brings to resounding life perhaps the most critical year of twentieth-century history. For, indeed, May 1940 was a month like no other, as the German war machine blazed into France while the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in an astonishing political drama as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany. Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a six-year-old boy in a glamorous movie family who would himself be evacuated.