Battle for the Escaut


The France and Flanders Campaign 1940

By: Jerry Murland
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Paperback
Series: Battleground Books: WWI
Pages: 162
ISBN: 9781473852617
Published: 7th November 2016
RRP / Print Price: £12.99

Current purchase price:
£12.99

Battle for the Escaut

On 10 May 1940 the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), under the command of Lord Gort, moved forward from the Franco-Belgian border and took up positions along a 20-mile sector off the River Dyle, to await the arrival of the German Army Group B. Their expected stay was considerably shorter than planned as the German Army Group A pushed its way through the Ardennes and crossed the Meuse at Sedan, scattering the French before them. Little did the men of the BEF realise that the orders to retire would result in their evacuation from Dunkirk and other channel ports.

The line of the River Escaut was seen as the last real opportunity for the Allied armies to halt the advancing German Army, but the jigsaw of defence was tenuous and the allied hold on the river was undone by the weight of opposing German forces and the speed of the armoured ‘Blitzkrieg’ thrust further south. As far as the BEF were concerned, the Battle for the Escaut took place on a 30-mile sector from Oudenaarde to Bléharies and involved units in a sometimes desperate defence, during which two Victoria Crosses were awarded. 

This book takes the battlefield tourist from Oudenaarde to Hollain in a series of tours that retrace the footsteps of the BEF. With the help of local historians, the author has pinpointed crucial actions and answered some of the myriad questions associated with this important phase of the France and Flanders campaign of 1940.

 




Some books that may interest you

The Secret War
The Secret War
By: Brian Johnson

Scottish Lion on Patrol
Scottish Lion on Patrol
By: Tim Chamberlin, W Kemsley, M R Riesco

Auschwitz
Auschwitz
By: Sybille Steinbacher
Translated by: Shaun Whiteside

Hungarian Armoured Fighting Vehicles in the Second World War
Hungarian Armoured Fighting Vehicles in the Second World War
By: Eduardo Manuel Gil Martínez

The Waterloo Archive: Volume IV
The Waterloo Archive: Volume IV
By: Gareth Glover

A Woman Living in the Shadow of the Second World War
A Woman Living in the Shadow of the Second World War
By: Linda Grace, Helena Hall, Margaret Nicolle

Coventry in the Great War
Coventry in the Great War
By: Leonard Markham

The Secret Listeners
The Secret Listeners
By: Sinclair Mckay

The Tribe That Washed its Spears
The Tribe That Washed its Spears
By: Adrian Greaves, Xolani Mkhize



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information
Contact Us

Disclosure: Military History books are affiliates of the suppliers on this website and will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


123 Reg - Jargon-free products that make it easy for anyone to get their business online.