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Retreat from Riviere - the Dunkirk Diary of Major George McNab Paperback – 2013

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  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • ASIN: B00GEZ17O8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,371,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard McNab set out to retrace the route of his father George on the retreat to Dunkirk in May 1940. Armed with contemporary maps and George's enigmatic diary he rediscovered the roads and the buildings and reconstructed the adventures which George had recorded. The meaning of George's diary finally became clear as the story emerged of the fate of an eminent surgeon and the answers were revealed to a question which has tantalised the medical profession for seventy years.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M C Moncure on 2 Dec. 2013
This diary gives you an accurate description of what went on at Dunkirk during the evacuation of the British troops. It was well researched, easy to read and dotted with many before and after photographs of the various towns visited along the way.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in learning what really went on at Dunkirk.
Thank you Richard for taking the troulbe to put these diaries into print. It was a closure for our family and I expect it will be for many others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Q. Kopp on 26 Nov. 2013
Richard McNab has done us all a great service by researching the events and locations in his Father's diary on the retreat to Dunkirk of his RAMC unit. George McNab was a highly motivated and energetic Dr who went to enormous lengths to try and keep his unit and their supplies together during the chaotic circumstances caused by the Blitzkrieg. Richard brings his Father's situation to life and compares it to official and other sources to enable us to follow the story. He has also produced a range of photos, which show the various places "then and now".

This book is uniquely valuable to me, because it relates the way in which my Uncle, the distinguished Thoracic Surgeon Laurence O'Shaughnessy died. O'Shaughnessy was the Brother of Eileen, who was George Orwell's first wife. Prior to the war he had been actively concerned with the care of Orwell's TB. Because of O'Shaughnessy's fame and the confusion of the time, a lot of mythology had developed about his death. In a very valuable chapter, McNab details exactly what the events were leading up to his death and what caused it. George McNab's grief at the loss of his friend and colleague are clear.

Anybody with an interest in learning more about the situation surrounding the events at Dunkirk and or an interest in George Orwell will find this account fascinating.
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