The Wonder Book of Soldiers

OUTBREAK OF HOSTILITIES: 1939 their French comrades then fought their way to Dunkirk and were there rescued and brought to England b y hundreds of small craft hastily assembled is an epic story that would require a chapter to itself. The French now under the command of the veteran General W eygand made a further stand on the line of the River Somme but soon Paris was threatened and the Government hastily fled to Tours and afterwards to Bordeaux. A few days later the aged Marshal Petain having assumed the premiership amazed the world b y appealing to the Germans and Italians for peace terms. Thus it came about that Great Britain and the Dominions were left to fight the battle for freedom alone supported only b y remnants of other national armies and the active sympathy of the United States, which came to realize rather tardily that for generations the Royal Navy had been to themas to the British Empire a “sure shield ”and defence. British Official. Crown Copyright.( B .I.P .P.A.) A BRITISH DUG-OUT. WHILE ONE MAN WRITES A LETTER ANOTHER PREPARES A MEAL. 250
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