I bought this book for my son as he wanted to catch up on some family history, i.e. my grand dad H Smith.I spend some time with Bert as a child lived with him at ombersley when the familys fragmented I will never meet a man of his character ever again, considering everything he went through in his life he never had a bad bone in his body Dilip The author of this book being my cousin whom I am very proud of.
I can't add much to the author's comments, save to say that 'Guards VC' is an absorbing and highly detailed examination of the events that befell the BEF before and during the Dunkirk evacuations. It examines the tactics and military campaigns of both sides and, unlike many similar books, adds a strong personal gloss to the palette. There are amazing recollections from veterans whom Dilip Sarkar spoke to in person during his research for this book. As usual, Sarkar has gone way beyond the normal call of duty in tracking down survivors of this ill fated military campaign. It is their voice which is the most compelling. Some of the individual stories evoke lingering images that remain in the mind's eye long after the last page has been read. One such image is of British soldiers wading through a corn field, German bullets suddenly whipping past and through them from higher ground, comrades and friends cut down and dying amongst the corn. As usual with Sarkar, no stone has been left unturned in the pursuit of the truth. As a serving police officer with CID experience, Sarkar is more concerned with precision than most historians, and is perhaps better equipped in the art of presenting such facts. 'Guards VC' reveals the terrible extent of the fighting in France, a far more vicious battle than is generally acknowledged. Most historians tend to assume that the Battle of France consisted simply of hurried British retreat with little contact with the enemy. 'Guards VC' tells a different story, and highlights several individual acts of courage which led to the ultimate honour, the Victoria Cross. Several of the key players in 'Guards VC' have since died. Without this book, their stories would never have been told.