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Books by Henry Buckton

  • Sussex at War Through Time

    Henry Buckton

    Product Code: BVYIB
    Paperback
    This book examines the areas of Sussex that played an important part in the Second World War. Chichester became the nerve centre for the county's civil defence organisation and Tangmere and other airfields were involved in the Battle of Britain and provided a springboard for the Allied aerial onslaught on German occupied territories. Towns like Bognor Regis, Brighton and Hastings were repeatedly bombed by the Luftwaffe, while Eastbourne was the most targeted place in the South East outside London. The potential invasion of Britain during the Second World War had become a very real threat when Germany occupied the seaboard of northern France in 1940. The beaches of Sussex became ideal invasion hotspots, which drew the county into the very centre of Britain's war effort. Although today Sussex is split into two counties, East and West, this book looks at both, with particular focus on the coastline which was most affected by the war.
    • £11.99
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  • Retreat

    Henry Buckton

    Product Code: BBBOL
    Paperback
    At around 7 p.m. on 26 May 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave the order for Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of British troops from the harbour and beaches of Dunkirk. The German forces that had attacked through the Netherlands, Belgium and the Ardennes into France on 10 May had rapidly driven to the English Channel, reaching the coast at Noyelles-sur-Mer on 20 May and trapping the BEF, French forces and the remnants of the Belgian army. BEF commander Lord Gort immediately began to plan for his forces to withdraw towards Dunkirk, the nearest location with good port facilities. Between 27 May and 4 June, ships from the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands as well as the famous Little Ships evacuated almost 340,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk and brought them back to Britain. However, the Dunkirk evacuation was not the end. In Operation Cycle just over 11,000 Allied troops were evacuated from the port of Le Havre between 10 and 13 June. Later still, in Operation Ariel, another 190,000 troops and between 30,000 and 40,000 civilians would be evacuated between 15 and 25 June from ports along France's western coast including Brest, Saint-Nazaire and Bordeaux. This evacuation would see the greatest loss of life in a British ship when the Luftwaffe bombed and sank the troop ship Lancastria in the estuary of the Loire. In this book, author Henry Buckton examines the Dunkirk evacuation, the rapid German advance that led up to it and the evacuations that came after.
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