The fact that the British Expeditionary Force was evacuated from Dunkirk in May-June 1940 has achieved the status of a legend. Whilst the part played by the ‘Little Ships’ in that ‘miracle’ is equally well known, the role of the Royal Navy’s warships – the destroyers, minesweepers and personnel ships – is often overlooked. Indeed, more than 300,000 troops out of a total of 338,226, were evacuated from the harbor at Dunkirk in these vessels.
In the weeks after Operation Dynamo, the Admiralty issued an order requiring the Commanding Officers of those British warships involved to submit a report detailing their actions.
Described in their own words, with the events still fresh in their minds, the result is a vivid record of the chaos, improvisation, skill and bravery that all combined to rescue the basis of an army that helped carry Britain through the dark months and years that followed. It is a record that forms the basis of this book.
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About the Author
Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty-five years. He began his career with local history, writing a book on the Second World War anti-invasion defences and stop lines in West Sussex. Following the success of this book, he established Historic Military Press, which has published a wide range of titles. In 2006 he began working on the idea for Britain at War Magazine, the first issue of which went on sale in May 2007. This publication has grown rapidly to become the best-selling military history periodical on the high street. Martin now devotes his time to writing and editing books.
Table of Contents
List of Ships by Type xi
List of Personnel Providing Accounts xiii
Glossary and Abbreviations xvi
Chapter 1 Royal Navy Destroyers 1
A-class, H-class, G-class, I-class, J-class, S-class, Scott-class Flotilla Leaders, V-class, W-class
Chapter 2 Royal Navy Warships
C-class Light Cruiser, Dragonfly-class River Gunboat, Halcyon-class Minesweepers, Hunt-class Minesweepers, Kingfisher-class Patrol Sloops, Submarine Tender
Chapter 3 Auxiliary Minesweepers and Vessels 198
Armed Boarding Vessels, Paddle steamers
Chapter 4 Personnel Vessels 251
Hospital Carriers, Steamers
Chapter 5 Dutch Schuits, Trawlers and Coastal Craft 278
HM Trawlers, HM Tug, Motor Anti-Submarine Boat, Motor Torpedo Boats, RAF Motor Boat; Schuits (skoots)
Chapter 6 Shore Personnel 332
Beach Officers, Communications Officer, Dynamo Maintenance Officer, Embarkation Officer, Royal Marines, Senior Naval Officers