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Silence over Dunkerque Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B005BTJUX8
- Publisher : Open Road Media Teen & Tween (July 12, 2011)
- Publication date : July 12, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1617 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 178 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #906,404 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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France in 1940. After several reverses from the invading German Army, much of the British Expeditionary Force
is hemmed in on the Channel coast of France. The French port of Dunkirk (Dunkerque) is one
of the main evacuation points for the trapped soldiers, and they are being pressed by the German military forces,
including the Luftwaffe, which is bombing the evacuation beaches and the ships attempting to take the troops
away. Sgt. Williams is the main character, but his twin teenaged sons in Dover also get involved when they
unofficially become deck hands on a private British yacht which has been chartered for the evacuation.
The novel was written by John Tunis, a British sports journalist who also wrote books for younger readers, mostly with sports themes. This story is one of the exceptions, and it's a good read. It's been around since 1965, and I first read it in 1967 when I was in elementary school, but it holds up well. The setting is the Battle of France in
May-June of 1940, with occasional interludes in Dover on the English side of the Channel.
I'm not sure why this book is illustrated on Amazon by an American pilot and air crew loading fuel tanks onto a P51 (I think), when it's entirely about a British infantryman's experiences of the Dunkirk evacuation and its aftermath, but that's a minor criticism!