By Henry Steele Commager
Initially released in 1945, the tale of the second one global battle is without doubt one of the first efforts to encapsulate the battle. It presents cutting-edge readers a hugely exact photo of ways the battle used to be perceived on the time it was once fought.
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They had fought through three weeks of retreat, always falling back without orders, often without support. Transport had failed. They had gone sleepless. They had been without food and water. Yet they kept ranks as they came down the beaches, and they obeyed commands. Veterans of Gallipoli and of Mons agreed this was the hottest spot they had ever been in, yet morale held. I was told stories of French troops that — — THE STORY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR 34 rushed the boats at first so that stern measures had to be taken, but I saw nothing like that.
Outside of that relatively tiny group of organized applauders, there was a lighthearted indifference which was really appalling, considering what was happening. I saw troops marching through nearby streets while the pass12 ersby did not even turn their heads to look at them. in front it By this time France was in a state of panic. The government had fled to Tours, and from there moved on to Bordeaux. The armies, still large, and potentially powerful, but demoralized, were in headlong retreat. Their progress was impeded by the hundreds of thousands of refugees jamming all the roads to the south.
Two torpedoes struck her in rapid succession, and, blazing still more fiercely, she heeled over and sank. And where she had gone down a vast lake of flaming oil made the dark night brilliant. And with her went eight hundred members of her crew, and fifteen hundred men of the military landing party that was to have taken the surrender of the capital of Norway, the staff of the General in command of the landing, Gestapo units that were to have policed the new territory. Two hundred men came out of that inferno to the shore.
The Story of the Second World War by Henry Steele Commager