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Air power and the evacuation of Dunkirk : the RAF and Luftwaffe during Operation Dynamo, 26 May-4 June 1940

By: Raffal, Harry (Royal Air Force Museum, London, UK)

1350180491 / 9781350180499
Laminated
12/08/2021
Published 12/08/2021
United Kingdom
24 cm 352 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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The evacuation of Dunkirk has been immortalised in books, prints and films, narrated as a story of an outnumbered, inexperienced RAF defeating the battle-hardened Luftwaffe and protecting the evacuation.

This book revives the historiography by analysing the air operations during the evacuation.

Raffal draws from German and English sources, many for the first time in the context of Operation DYNAMO, to argue that both sides suffered a defeat over Dunkirk. . This work examines the resources and tactics of both sides during DYNAMO and challenges the traditional view that the Luftwaffe held the advantage.

The success that the Luftwaffe achieved during DYNAMO, including halting daylight evacuations on 1 June, is evaluated and the supporting role of RAF Bomber and Coastal Command is explored in detail for the first time.

Concluding that the RAF was not responsible for the Luftwaffe's failure to prevent the evacuation, Raffal demonstrates that the reasons lay elsewhere.

BIC:

HB History, HBW Military history

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