The War in France and Flanders 1939-1940

London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1953. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xviii, 425, [1] pages. Maps (Some fold-out, and large map in rear pocket). Illustrations. Footnotes. Editor's Preface, Author's Preface. Supplement: The Planning and Conduct of the German Campaign. Appendix I: British Forces Engaged. Appendix II: French and German texts quoted in translation. Appendix III: German Forces Engaged. Index. This is a volume in the History of The Second World War United Kingdom Military Series. Lionel Frederic Ellis CVO CBE DSO MC (13 May 1885 – 19 October 1970) was a British Army officer and military historian, author of three volumes of the official History of the Second World War. Between the two World Wars, he was General Secretary of the National Council of Social Service (1919–37) and then Secretary of the National Fitness Council (1937–39). in 1916 Ellis was commissioned into the Welsh Guards and saw service in the First World War. Ellis was awarded a Military Cross "for conspicuous gallantry and resource" while leading an attack under machine-gun fire and rose to the rank of captain. In 1919 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry and devotion to duty, in the advance south of Bavai. On 18 September 1939, shortly after the beginning of the Second World War, Ellis returned to the Welsh Guards and was later appointed as an official historian. His The War in France and Flanders begins with the Phoney War of 1939–1940 and deals with the failed attempts of the British Expeditionary Force to defend Belgium and France from the German invasion of May and June 1940. It ends with the decision to evacuate. Covering the 1939-40 ‘Phoney War’ in a single chapter, the focus of Major L.F. Ellis’s official history of the campaign in France and Flanders falls on the role of the British Expeditionary Force in attempting to defend Belgium and France from the fury of the German Blitzkrieg in May-June 1940. He describes the BEF’s advance into Belgium in response to the German attack in accordance with the prearranged Anglo-French ‘Dyle Plan’, and its rapid retreat as the Germans broke through on the River Meuse. Despite an attempted counter-attack around Arras, Ellis shows how the BEF and their French allies were forced back on the Channel Ports by the swift advance of the German armored columns. The history culminates in the confusion caused by Belgium’s sudden surrender, the failed British stand on the Somme, and the momentous decision to evacuate the BEF from Dunkirk. Illustrated by 7 general maps, 14 situation maps and 17 sketch maps, the book has eleven photographs, and additional appendices detailing the German planning of their spectacularly successful campaign, and listing the British and German forces engaged. Condition: Very good / No dust jacket present.

Keywords: British Expeditionary Force, Arras, Escaut, Canal Line, Channel Ports, Evacuation, Dunkirk, Ypres, Bethune, Bridgehead, Somme, Saar, St. Valery, Bresle, Calais, Bertram Ramsey, Plan Yellow, Dyle Front, Sea Routes

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