Dunkirk and the Aftermath

...more Images of War from Pen & Sword

Title: Dunkirk and the Aftermath
Author: Stephen Wynn
Publisher: Pen & Sword
ISBN: 978-1-52673-869-1

A new one in the Images of War series of softcover books, with 173-pages. As ever in these books, a mix of background text and a fine collection of archive images.
After the Introduction, the book is split across 7 chapters which I felt were a good way of dividing the subject into digestible chunks. They each have a mix of background text pages and a selection of archive images. They go from consideration of Hitler's Halt Order, through Vice Admiral Ramsey & Operation Dynamo, POWs & the Massacres at Le Paradis & Wormhoudt, the huge quantity of Lost Equipment, the questions that came up for Dunkirk & the British Government, Dunkirk & the British Press, and rounded off with Operation Cycle & Operation Ariel, the final evacuations after Dunkirk, from ports in Western France. An interesting way of tackling the subject, and it does include what happened after the end of the Dunkirk evacuation, as many British and French soldiers remained on the continent to be evacuated later. The large number of archive images are featured in each chapter, some of which are quite well known, but many are less common so offer even more idea of what happened in what was a dire situation for the BEF. Sadly for me, while the vast majority made for some lovely references and plenty of inspiration for modellers in particular, I was slightly disappointed to discover quite a few errors in terms of images that have been included. Things like a Russian JS 2 would not have been seen in the ruins of Dunkirk nor would Jagdpanzer Hetzers have been there as they were not built until 1944. I am the first to own up to making errors, but there are a few glaring ones that have crept through in this one. That's a shame but I wouldn't let it overshadow the fact that overall I like what is in the book as a whole.
Another interesting addition to the Images of War series, even with a few rogue images creeping in. The volume of Allied equipment, including ammunition and other supplies, was staggering. Britain was in a vulnerable position after the defeat of the BEF, and had the 300,00 or so troops not been saved, it is difficult to know what might have happened next, though fortunately we don't have to really worry about that now, as of course we know that we bounced back to win in the end.
Thanks to Pen & Sword for our review copy.

Robin