The Miracle of Dunkirk

The Miracle of Dunkirk

Walter Lord / Jun 21, 2019

The Miracle of Dunkirk Walter Lord s account of how the miracle of Dunkirk came about is based on hundreds of interviews with survivors of all the nations that fought among the sand dunes

  • Title: The Miracle of Dunkirk
  • Author: Walter Lord
  • ISBN: 9781853266850
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Paperback
  • Walter Lord s account of how the miracle of Dunkirk came about is based on hundreds of interviews with survivors of all the nations that fought among the sand dunes.

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        Walter Lord was an American author, best known for his documentary style non fiction account, A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the RMS Titanic.In 2009, Jenny Lawrence edited and published The Way It Was Walter Lord on His Life and Books.


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    1. “We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender…”- Winston Churchill, speech before the House of Commons, June 4, 1940May 1940. Nazi Germany is ascend [...]


    2. This was a fascinating look at the Dunkirk evacuation in May-June 1940 during World War II. I was inspired to read a book on this topic after seeing Christopher Nolan's excellent film "Dunkirk." There are several nonfiction works available, and I chose Walter Lord's version because I had so enjoyed his book A Night to Remember, which was about the sinking of the Titanic.For The Miracle of Dunkirk, Lord interviewed hundreds of survivors and people who were involved in the evacuation. He weaves th [...]


    3. A few days ago I saw the film “Dunkirk” which attempted to convey the importance of the rescue of 338,000 men off the coast of France across the English Channel in late May and early June, 1940. The film does an excellent job presenting the plight of British and French troops as they lined up on the beaches to be extracted from the threat of German tanks, artillery, soldiers and bombers. What the historian, Walter Lord refers to in his classic study, THE MIRACLE OF DUNKIRK is a series of cri [...]


    4. This book, published in 1982, has a very personal touch as a history of the Great Rescue. Many of the survivors were still living when Lord wrote the book and his interviews with hundreds of them provide the reader with the "real" story based on their memories, even though some may have been a bit faulty.One of the greatest feats in military history, the rescue of the BEF and French armies with their backs against the sea, had everything against it and failure probably would have meant the invas [...]


    5. Captivating war story, portrayed some true events, and how much war hurts us, destroyed us, and yet, people still do this all the time. For the sake of what? Greed. Only greed.


    6. The reader should be familiar with the events prior to reading the book. Otherwise the book will appear to be a random collection of personal accounts.


    7. The book recreates the greatest rescue of all time. In May of 1940, 400,000 allied troops were pinned against the French port of Dunkirk with Hitler's forces closing in. It seemed impossible to escape but most of the troops did.The story leads up to the rescue with hundreds of interviews of the participants. Walter Lord lets the reader experience what is happening as if we were reading the conflict and episodes from the daily paper or in letters home. If it was happening today, the information w [...]


    8. DNF @ 20%What I knew about Dunkirk going into this book:-it is a place in France (probably)-something happened there in WWIIWhat I knew about Dunkirk after 20%-definitely a place in France-something happened there in WWII-this is not a good book to start with if you know nothing about DunkirkI'd like to give this another try after I know some basics of the Dunkirk scenario.


    9. 3.5-4/5My reading this book right before the release of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk film is not sheer coincidence. I actually went to the google machine, typed in "best books about Dunkirk" and this was one of the most highly rated. Lucky for me, my library had an e-copy of the book allowing me to read it when my work day was dwindling awayThe Miracle at Dunkirkis a book about the mass evacuations of Dunkirk, France. During the formative years of World War II, the Allies occupying France and Bel [...]


    10. I loved this book! History is a passion of mine, and to read this story about the British retreat from Dunkirk, it felt like I was right there with them. Vivid and entertaining! The author of this book is most famous for writing the classic Titanic tale "A Night to Remember," so it was fitting to learn from him that Charles Lightoller was a civilian sailor who also helped the British Navy with the use of his private ship during his nation's rescue of her soldiers. Who was Charles Lightoller? Why [...]


    11. This book is a very good book, you have to be able to really pay attention while reading this book because there is a lot of very confusing scenes and a lot of vocabulary that you need to know to understand the book. This book is full of parts about how war is not a fair thing and how it is very scary at times. This book is a longer read for some but was a good one for me.


    12. This is a tough one. I would give this book 3.5 stars, but that's not an option. I listened to it as an audiobook and I think that might be part of the reason I didn't love it as much as I hoped. The way it was written was quite informative and in layman's terms, but the author jumped back and forth between dates so it was hard to follow. Had I been reading it versus listening to it then it might have been easier to follow. I'm not quite sure on that one. This book was informative and I learned [...]


    13. Narrated by: Jeff CummingsLength: 10 hrs and 4 minsUnabridged AudiobookThe full inside story of one of the golden moments of World War II.Description: On May 24, 1940, Hitler's armies were on the brink of a shattering military victory. Only 10 miles away, 400,000 Allied troops were pinned against the coast of Dunkirk. But just 11 days later, 338,000 men had been successfully evacuated to England. How did it happen? Walter Lord's remarkable account of how "the miracle of Dunkirk" came about is ba [...]


    14. Walter Lord does another great job of weaving personal accounts with the larger picture of a historical event. This time the event is the miracle of Dunkirk during WWII when the British were successful in evacuating the majority of the BEF from France and a large number of French soldiers.


    15. I was inspired to read this book after watching Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. As with most adaptations, the movie paled in comparison to what truly happened during Operation Dynamo, which was succinctly captured in this book. In just under 300 pages, the book captured the many heroic deeds (as well as a few acts of cowardice) that made the evacuation truly miraculous. Expecting to evacuate only 25,000 troops, the Royal Navy and the countless ordinary British citizens evacuated over 300,000 troops [...]


    16. I recently saw the movie Dunkirk. I realized that I did not know much about the evacuation and therefore read this book by Walter Lord. The evacuation was a huge undertaking in which there was many casualties and loss of lives. But it could have been worse. I gave it a 3 because of the large amount of acknowledgements which did not add to the story for me.


    17. I've been spoiled by Nathaniel Philbrick (In the Heart of the Sea) lately. Walter Lord isn't as compelling or memorable in Philbrick's novelistic way, but he sure knows his Dunkirk. There are enough stories here to inspire an entire miniseries. (What say you, Christopher Nolan?) Good to finally read up on the greatest eucatastrophe of World War II.


    18. Walter Lord always delivers historical facts in prose that read like a novel, "Miracle at Dunkirk" is no different. This was a great primer for the film that is coming out today. I close up the gin pennant for our British cousins!



    19. This was SUPER interesting!!! Hard to follow at times as there are so many moving parts to the story. But a truly amazing story. I know nothing of the perils of war.


    20. In September 1939, British troops arrived in Europe to defend France against a rapidly expansionistic Nazi regime. Germany's leader of six years, Adolf Hitler, had already annexed Austria and Czechslovakia, and following his invasion of Poland, the western powers had no choice but to declare war. For eight months following, however, Hitler's tanks were quiet, the only action being at sea. In May 1940, however, they sprang into action and with such ferocity that the entire Allied campaign seemed [...]


    21. This book is one of the best historical novels I've read. It tells of Operation Dynamo, the mission to evacuate the French and British troops from France after the German Army surrounded them. It covers in great detail their haphazard retreat to the coast, the acceptance of the necessary evacuation by world leaders, and the miracles that led to hundreds of civilian vessels crossing the English Channel to pick up the defeated army. Walter Lord does a great job of putting you in the shoes of the B [...]


    22. This is a very accessible book for people without a background in military history who want to know what exactly the evacuation at Dunkirk was all about. The author skillfully weaves together the bigger picture (dispatches, orders from London and Berlin) and individual anecdotes. There are a few simple maps and some pictures, which were a great help in following the story. The story itself is incredible : after the Nazis started their Blitzkrieg in earnest in the spring of 1940, it took them onl [...]


    23. Walter Lord has written a detailed account of the famous evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (and substantial French forces) from entrapment at Dunkirk near the start of World War II. First, Lord's account is an enjoyable and relatively easy read. The story is bracketed mainly from May 24th to June 3rd, 1940; and is an hour-by-hour account of the fighting, retreat, and seaborne extraction. Lord's descriptions of the chaos, desperation, frustrations, and tragedies associated with war se [...]


    24. Even before Winston Churchill declared, "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the streets and in the fields", it seems as if the Allied troops had taken that statement to their heart. I was hooked the moment I saw the sentence "Hope is a weapon" on the upcoming movie trailer on Dunkirk and decided to give this book a shot. Walter Lord writes narrative nonfiction with a slight literary touch. I absolutely loved the way he intersperses his fact ri [...]


    25. I have not previously read any of Walter Lord's work, and the only reason I picked this one up was because I knew next to nothing about Dunkirk and it was free. I decided to pick it up and give it a go.I am glad I did! This was a fantastic thriller that followed the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) as it attemps to escape from France, and the German army, across the English Channel back to Great Britain. This was a massive undertaking and ended up involving all types of ships (from destroyers t [...]


    26. Lost in the minutia of detail is any coherent story line to hold the reader's interest. I found the book to be very hard to follow and mind-numbingly boring. Despite me being a history buff, I bailed on this one at the 50% mark. I wish I could see the merit that the relatively good reviews reflected.


    27. Walter Lord has a history of documenting the past and "Dunkirk" is no exception. Meticulously researched and written, Lord puts you right in the bunkers with the senior officers and has you dig in on the beaches with the grunts. Five to seven days to pull of the amazing, almost impossible logistical feat of getting close to 400,000 combatants off a section of beach, across the English Channel to England and safety from the Luftwaffe, panzers and troops of the Germans hell bent on annihilation of [...]


    28. I read this book after watching Christopher Nolan’s excellent film Dunkirk. This is a very detailed and well-researched (written source materials, more than 500 interviews) book. I appreciated the book, but some may get lost in all of the details. The book tells the amazing story of approximately 400,000 Allied troops that were trapped against the coast near the French port of Dunkirk. Hitler’s advancing tanks were only ten miles away. On May 26, “Operation Dynamo” began. By June 4, more [...]


    29. The release of Nolan’s Dunkirk made me curious enough to pick up this nonfiction account of the actual events surrounding the evacuation of Dunkirk in World War II. For non-history buffs, the Battle of Dunkirk occurred over a 7-day period (May 26-June 4 1940). Germany essentially marched through Belgium and the Netherlands, trapping some 400,000 British and French troops in and around Dunkirk. Standing their ground and fighting would have resulted in massive casualties, possibly crippling the [...]


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