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Mastermind of Dunkirk and D-Day: The Vision of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay

Brian Izzard

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Casemate Publishers
01 April 2020
History; European history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Maritime history; Second World War
The first modern biography of Bertram Ramsay, the man who masterminded the Dunkirk evacuation and the D-Day landings. This is a major biography of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, who masterminded the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in 1940. Initially, it was thought that 40,000 troops at most could be rescued. But Ramsay's planning and determination led to some 330,000 being brought back. The Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy paid a high price in ships and men. Ramsay continued to play a crucial role in the conduct of the Second World War. The invasion of Sicily in 1943 and of France less than a year later on D-Day were successful in large part due to his vision. After the war ended his achievements ranked alongside those of Sir Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Viscount Alanbrooke, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Viscount Portal, Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery and General Dwight Eisenhower, yet he never received the public recognition he deserved. Before the war he had fallen out with his superiors and was forced to retire. Bizarrely, Ramsay was still on the Royal Navy's retired list in March 1944 as D-Day loomed. He died in a mysterious air crash in 1945. AUTHOR: Brian Izzard was a Fleet Street journalist, feature writer and news sub-editor for many years, working latterly on the Daily Express and the Sunday Express. This is his fifth book. 30 images
By:   Brian Izzard
Imprint:   Casemate Publishers
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781612008387
ISBN 10:   1612008380
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Brian Izzard was a Fleet Street journalist, feature writer and news sub-editor for many years, working latterly on the Daily Express and the Sunday Express. This is his fifth book.

Reviews for Mastermind of Dunkirk and D-Day: The Vision of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay

This excellent modern biography is long overdue, superbly written and will hopefully help restore the worthy prominence owed to one of Britain's greatest naval officers. * Britain at War Magazine * ''This is a fascinating... account of a great admiral's life and times.'' * Warships International * Brian Izzard has written a fascinating and complete biography that is a delight to read of the man described as the mastermind of amphibious operations . Very highly recommended. * Warship World 09/07/2020 * Brian Izzard has written a splendid, much needed and long overdue full biography of Admiral Ramsay, with access to far more material, significant amounts of it formerly classified, than that available to WS Chalmers with his much earlier biography, written sixty years ago. But the book also includes an excellent history of Operation Dynamo, the amazing story of the Dunkirk evacuation, it is the best account that I have read of that incredible strategic rescue of the BEF (British Expeditionary Force). * Scuttlebutt 12/06/2020 * This reviewer is firmly of the opinion that many of the best histories are written by journalists or former journalists. This book is no exception. The author is a journalist of vast experience who also happens to write great military history. He certainly has a talent for weaving a fascinating and readable tale ... [a] quite personal but very inspiring biography. * Baird Maritime 11/06/2020 *


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