Blitzkrieg in the West by Ian Baxter

Blitzkrieg in the West by Ian Baxter

Author:Ian Baxter
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781783030736
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Published: 2013-03-27T16:00:00+00:00


By nightfall of 22 May, Guderian’s 2nd Panzer Division, after a drive of more than 40 miles, was on the outskirts of Boulogne. In the town itself, the British commander, Brigadier William Fox-Pitt, had orders to defend Boulogne ‘to the last man and last round’. While he organized a hurried defence in the hills, which surrounded the port, British troops, under a storm of heavy concentrated fire, were being dramatically evacuated from the port by British warships. As German troops closed in to secure the port, panic-stricken British soldiers fled and attempted to rush one of the last ships to leave the harbour. Further up the coast, in the battered town of Calais, the situation of the BEF was equally dire. The bravery shown by the British 30th Brigade to defend the town was said by attacking German troops to a ‘useless sacrifice’.



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