Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Buy Used
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This item will be picked, packed and shipped by Amazon and is eligible for free delivery within the UK
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man Hardcover – 1 Jun 2006

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
£22.97 £0.01

Trade In Promotion

Product details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition - 1st Impression edition (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670910821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670910823
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


‘A narrative triumph. I have not read a better account’ -- Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph

‘A searing story . . . both meticulous military history and a deeply moving testimony to the extraordinary personal bravery of individual soldiers’ -- Tim Gardam, The Times

‘Eminently readable, fascinating. A fine book that breaks new ground in studies of this part of the war’ -- Simon Heffer, Literary Review

‘Reads like a thriller. A tour de force’ -- Daily Mail

‘Sebag-Montefiore has added significantly to our knowledge … a marvellous tribute to these men who helped create a legend’ -- John Crossland, Sunday Times

‘Sebag-Montefiore tells [the story] with gusto, a remarkable attention to detail and an inexhaustible appetite for tracking down the evidence’ -- Richard Overy, Telegraph

‘Several fine books have been written about "the miracle of Dunkirk", but none better than this’ -- Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore was a barrister before becoming a journalist and then an author. He is the author of the best-selling Enigma: The Battle For The Code. One of his ancestors was evacuated from Dunkirk.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Pillboxer1940 on 6 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
Popular history recalls the Dunkirk story with a chin-up, shiny spirit of resilience and crafty British guile - the first `Great Escape'. `Dunkirk spirit' has now become a tabloid byword for cheery, bulldog tenacity in the face of adversity.

But Sebag-Montefiore's incisive history pulls no punches and wipes the grin off the face of popular myth. He shows how one of Britain's landmark historical moments of the last century was actually tarnished by desperate, bloody fighting with no quarter spared.

Accepted history concentrates on what happened on the beaches. However the author says the battles that really counted occurred several miles inland on the Dunkirk town perimeter.

Here, British troops fought a dwindling rearguard last stand, giving their lives so other troops could live. For each soldier's life lost, precious minutes were gained to aid the evacuation and ensure the British Army could live to fight another day.

And the battle didn't end with the last bedraggled Tommy boarding the last departing ship from Dunkirk. For a further fortnight, stranded British troops retreated in the face of dive-bombers and SS massacres, culminating with a final evacuation from St. Nazaire and the hushed-up sinking of the Lancastria, with the loss of 3,500 men.

In-depth research gathered from archives as far away as Russia and Czechoslovakia, together with detailed maps, fascinating photographs and stark first-hand accounts from the remaining handful of veterans, do the Dunkirk story justice.

This weighty tome is masterly and scholarly, yet its fast, clear pace makes this definitive work highly readable.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Alan Akbah on 8 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I inherited an interest in WW2 from my history teacher father and have read many factual accounts from both the Allied and German perspective over the years. This book stands up well against the more recognised military historians like Holmes, Keegan or Beevor.

After the introducions and background are completed this volume concentrates quite rightly on the tales of each beleagured BEF battalion as they fought a desperate rearguard action back to the French and Belgian coast. Tales of individual heroism and leadership are intermingled with corroborative texts from both British and German archives and extracts that give the bigger picture as events unfolded.

The Dunkirk evacuation ended a huge defeat for the British Army and this book does not seek to hide or diminish that fact. However what it does do is demonstrate the resolute attitude of the Officers and Soldiers on the ground that took huge casualties and made great personal sacrifiuces in order to help ensure that as many men as possible could be extracted to fight another day.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jon Latimer on 8 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
The `miracle' of Dunkirk, as Churchill styled our most famous military disaster, is one surrounded by myths. This book sets out to dispel some of them, but for readers unfamiliar with the story of the fall of France in 1940, it might not be the best place to start, as it does not convey the broad picture very clearly. An entertaining opening of British soldiers visiting French brothels, like children let loose in a sweet shop, is followed later by a detailed account of the `Mechelen incident', when German plans were captured in January 1940. But the implications are less well dealt with, and Colonel-General Gerd von Rundstedt, whose forces performed the decisive German attack through the Ardennes called 'sichelschnitt', or sickle-cut, does not make an appearance until chapter 11.

The use of first-hand accounts conveys the confusion and desperation of the fighting, and the narrative is sometimes intensely personal. There are French and German voices early on, but thereafter it relies on British ones as the book concentrates on the efforts of the soldiers holding the defensive ring while the `little boats' and the Royal Navy set about the work of evacuation. In this it succeeds in creating a vivid impression of what it was like for those desperate men. The book's best sections are those dealing with set pieces, such as the defence of the village of Cassel, the massacres of British prisoners by SS men at Le Paradis and Wormhout, but this is at the expense of the evacuation itself which is covered in much less detail. The book finishes describing the capture of two-thirds of 51st (Highland) Division at St Valery-en-Caux, and the tragic sinking of the Lancastria with over 3,500 lives lost, but it skates quickly over the further evacuations that brought 144,000 British servicemen back from France from points south of the River Somme.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By a Flynn on 29 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I think one should distinguish between the professional finish and great literary flow of this book, and its value as history. It is almost always factually correct, relates many episodes (including once obscure ones such as the SS massacre of British prisoners) and gets the imagination going. Sebag-M sits alongside Anthony Beevor as a historian of this type. On all those grounds it is worth 5 stars. However 2 hours at the National Archive reading the original RN, RAF and War Office reports, followed by a re-reading of Divine's classic "Nine Days at Dunkirk" take one closer to the people and the facts. There is something just a bit too literary, stylish and middle-class about the text to recall to mind those grimy seamen, gentleman officers, French officials, amateur and professional yachtsmen, and Prussian generals who acted out Dunkirk.
So, a very good book from a very able author, but I kept thinking "This still isn't close enough to the time and the reality".
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews