Military history

Boulogne: The Guards Brigade Fighting Defence - May 1940

Boulogne: The Guards Brigade Fighting Defence - May 1940

As German armored columns moved to seal off French ports from retreating British troops in 1940, Winston Churchill had few reserves he could commit. In an attempt to delay the Germans at Boulogne, Churchill sent in two battalions of the Irish Guards and Welsh Guards in a hastily-organized amphibious landing. In Battleground Europe style, eyewitness accounts and original photographs provide previously unknown details. A guide is also provided to the monuments, battle sites and accommodations in this historic city as they are today.

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. BLITZKRIEG

Chapter 2. WAR IS BETTER THAN FOXHUNTING

Chapter 3. AN INCONVENIENT AND TIRESOME MOMENT

Chapter 4. WHEN YOU’VE KILLED TWELVE GERMANS YOU CAN COME HOME

Chapter 5. THEN THE PANZER SHALL BECOME OUR IRON GRAVE

Chapter 6. A CHANGE FROM PUBLIC DUTIES

Chapter 7. ‘ALL TALL FELLOWS’

Chapter 8. THE SCRAP IRON FLOTILLA

Chapter 9. MY LITTLE FORCE FOUGHT MOST SPLENDIDLY

TOUR 1. The Outer Perimeter to the East and South-East held by 2 Welsh Guards

TOUR 2. The Outer Perimeter to the South and South West held by 2 Irish Guards

TOUR 3. From the German Assault on Fort de la Creche to the Final Stand at the Gare Maritime

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