Dunkirk and France 1940 Campaign Books

Discussion in '1940' started by Drew5233, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Finaly got the following for a snip:

    A Chaplain's Diary 1939-1940 by Eric Rankin.

    He was a padre with the 51st Highland Division and ended up being captured at St.Valery
     
  2. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Finally got round to looking at this nicely-produced paperback:

    The Story of the 57th (East Surrey) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery (TA) by Ray Goodacre
    ISBN 9780955578007

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=61412&stc=1&d=1315949282

    It has 160 pages, of which 40 are training and Phoney War, 80 on the campaign and the remainder are useful appendices and indices. I particularly like the abundance of properly-contextualised first-hand accounts.

    It's available direct from the author, who can be PM'd as Ray57 for more details.
     

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  3. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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    Looking at one of the nations involved in 1940 I know less about. Starting with the two books above then on to more in depth studies with:
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  4. Stewart1966

    Stewart1966 Junior Member

    Does anyone know if there are any books specifically about the Gloucestershire Regiment in France?
     
  5. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

  6. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    A Hard Fought Ship HMS Venemous .
    As Venomous left Cherbourg at dawn on the 10 May she received the all-Fleet broadcast that Germany had invaded France and the low countries. The dramatic events of the next four weeks make this one of the most exciting chapters in A Hard Fought Ship


    This book looks excellent and on website pics of 1940 Boulogne , Calais and Holland .

    HMS Venomous at Boulogne, 22 May 1940
    On the 21 May 1940 HMS Venomous brought back vital equipment from the Sangatte loop station and Courtaulds factory
    The voyage of the Dutch lifeboat Zeemanshoop from Scheveningen, 14 -15 May 1940
     
  7. carolemct

    carolemct Junior Member

    Hi all
    This may be of interest:
    I've just had a book published about my father-in-law Ted Taylor 1st Bn Rifle Brigade. Its his story of the Defence of Calais and subsequent 5 years as a POW. Its called The Weekend Trippers (other members of the BEF called them this as they were only in France a few days before being captured!) and is published by Bank House Books. Some original photos and documents in it too.
     
  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi all
    This may be of interest:
    I've just had a book published about my father-in-law Ted Taylor 1st Bn Rifle Brigade. Its his story of the Defence of Calais and subsequent 5 years as a POW. Its called The Weekend Trippers (other members of the BEF called them this as they were only in France a few days before being captured!) and is published by Bank House Books. Some original photos and documents in it too.

    Cheers for the heads up - How much of the book is about his time in France/Calais?
     
  9. jacksun

    jacksun Senior Member

    Hi, trying to find some directly relevant books for my current research area, can anyone tell me which book would be best for coverage of the events at Cassel in May/June 1940?
    Also, the best book on the Ox and Bucks LI?

    Thanks,
    Wayne
     
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Probaly the regimental history - I've failed to find a Ox Bucks related book on Cassel.
     
  11. TijgerB

    TijgerB Member

    It is not a book but set of articles "DE GEALLIEERDE MILITAIRE HULP IN DE MEIDAGEN VAN 1940" about British, Belgian and French forces in the Netherlands in May 1940. I got the whole set but as the title say it will need translation.

    TijgerB
     
  12. TijgerB

    TijgerB Member

    As a Dutch freak I just checked my libary for 1940:
    Grebbelinie 1940 by E. H. Brongers (the Grebbeline was the Dutch Maginot)
    Tussen vuur en Ijzer H. van Heerde (2 Bn 19 RI)
    Morgen bij het aanbreken van de dag J. G. de Beus(Netherlands 3 times at the brink of war)
    Naam- en Ranglijst der Officieren en reserveofficieren van het Leger and KNIL 1940 (A who is who in the Dutch Army and Colonial Army)
    De Helden vann de Willemsbrug W. Hornman (Dutch royal Marines against paratroopers in Rotterdam)
    Ervaringen van het MG Coy 2 Bn 28 RI
    De Slag om de Residentie 1940 by E. H. Brongers
    Opmars naar Rotterdam (3 parts only got number two) by E. H. Brongers
    De Nederlandse Cavalerie in de Meidagen van 1940 by E. H. Brongers
    De Slag om Ypenburg by E. H. Brongers
    Doodenwacht bij onze Gevallenen ( G. H. Hoek (list Dutch soldiers KIA)
    Die Lange Morgen 10 Mei 1940 by Ir. H. Brand
    Der Kampf um die Festung Holland by Frans S. A. Beekman and F. Kurowski
    De Vuurproef van het Grensbataljon by E. P. Weber (1Bn 26 RI on the Maas-Waal Canal 10 May 1940)
    Somewhere I think I have all Dutch afteraction reports on the Maas-Waal Canal
    I do have a book on the Dutch defences too but it will have to be added later. One of my sailors rewrote a German book and as his CO I got a sample.

    Cheers
    TijgerB
     
  13. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    As a Dutch freak I just checked my libary for 1940:
    Grebbelinie 1940 by E. H. Brongers (the Grebbeline was the Dutch Maginot)
    Tussen vuur en Ijzer H. van Heerde (2 Bn 19 RI)
    Morgen bij het aanbreken van de dag J. G. de Beus(Netherlands 3 times at the brink of war)
    Naam- en Ranglijst der Officieren en reserveofficieren van het Leger and KNIL 1940 (A who is who in the Dutch Army and Colonial Army)
    De Helden vann de Willemsbrug W. Hornman (Dutch royal Marines against paratroopers in Rotterdam)
    Ervaringen van het MG Coy 2 Bn 28 RI
    De Slag om de Residentie 1940 by E. H. Brongers
    Opmars naar Rotterdam (3 parts only got number two) by E. H. Brongers
    De Nederlandse Cavalerie in de Meidagen van 1940 by E. H. Brongers
    De Slag om Ypenburg by E. H. Brongers
    Doodenwacht bij onze Gevallenen ( G. H. Hoek (list Dutch soldiers KIA)
    Die Lange Morgen 10 Mei 1940 by Ir. H. Brand
    Der Kampf um die Festung Holland by Frans S. A. Beekman and F. Kurowski
    De Vuurproef van het Grensbataljon by E. P. Weber (1Bn 26 RI on the Maas-Waal Canal 10 May 1940)
    Somewhere I think I have all Dutch afteraction reports on the Maas-Waal Canal
    I do have a book on the Dutch defences too but it will have to be added later. One of my sailors rewrote a German book and as his CO I got a sample.

    Cheers
    TijgerB

    Nice looking collection! Which I read more Dutch!
     
  14. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    I was kind of hoping this would have more pictures than it's got...

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=71730&stc=1&d=1326319756

    Ou sont les quatre cents prisonniers?
     

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  15. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Just finished 'For You the War is Over ' by Sam Kydd . Always liked him as actor as he's synonomous with Brit WW2 films. Like him even more after reading this , very good read indeed , riding Norton Combinations with the Queen Victoria Rifles , but not when he got to Calais in 1940. First few chapters deal with Calais from a private soldiers view , middle part is his experiece as POW and the last few chapters had my jaw on the floor with his experiences escaping from ' The Long March ' in Poland ending up in Odessa , bumping into Marshal Zhukov on the way.
    Craig
     
  16. Apologies if they've already been mentioned:

    from the 'Armor at War' series - 'Achtung Panzer the German invasion of France and the Low Contries' by Jon Feenstra. This is a splendid source of photo's.

    'Calais A Fight to the Finish - May 1940' by Jon Cooksey.

    'Blitzkrieg' by Len Deighton. An excellent introduction to the subject.

    'In the Presence of my Foes: From Calais to Colditz via the Polish Underground by Gris Davies-Scourfield.

    'Flames of Calais - A Soldiers Battle' by Airey Neave.
     
  17. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    from the 'Armor at War' series - 'Achtung Panzer the German invasion of France and the Low Contries' by Jon Feenstra. This is a splendid source of photo's

    Would that be photos of the BEF or German resources ? I'm afraid that my interest in the campaign is a bit one-sided. :)
     
  18. JCB

    JCB Senior Member

    Me too, no interest at all in Hanomags , Mercedes , MAN, Panzers ,etc but I know many people are . Give me a Morris or Austin :D

    PS Can only get to 1940 posts by looking at main index page 'new posts' individually , anyone else having this problem ?
    Edit -OK now
     
  19. Would that be photos of the BEF or German resources ? I'm afraid that my interest in the campaign is a bit one-sided. :)

    Alas as is so often the case the vast majority of the photo's are of German kit. Those few Allied vehicles appearing tend to be of the 'on fire' variety...

    Did more Germans carry cameras, or were the allies just too busy retraeting to document the disaster unfolding around them do we think?
     
  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    German troops were encouraged to carry cameras and the BEF soldiers were forbidden to take cameras to France.
     

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