Assignment to Catastrophe, Vol II: The Fall of France June 1940 Edward Spears WW II German Invasion Occupation Churchill de Gaulle Weygand


Title: Assignment to Catastrophe, Volume II: The Fall of France June 1940

Author: Major General Sir Edward Spears

Description: Burgundy cloth boards stamped in silver on spine. Faint tape ghosts on half-title page; tape ghosts on rear free end paper (from earlier jacket sleeve); minor blemish on ffep, else clean. Dust jacket shows very slight edgewear; short closed tear to head of spine; not price clipped ($5.00); in a clear archival sleeve. Index. Eighteen illustrations from photographs and two maps. xiii, 333 pages. 8.2 x 5.5 inches.

The Fall of France is General Spears' second volume in his two volume work, Assignment to Catastrophe, being his account of his mission in 1940 as Churchill's personal representative to the French government in the months prior to the Nazi occupation. Beginning with June 1, 1940, the day following the Paris Conference, he tells in vivid detail the inside story of the next seventeen days in which the remnants of the British Army were evacuated from Dunkirk, the Maginot Line was overrun, the French Armies were encircled and outfought by Nazi tanks and troops, and most of the French leaders, robbed of all hope and initiative, capitulated to the Germans.

Edward Spears (1886-1974) was an officer in the British Army and later a Member of Parliament. During the First World War he served as the head of the British Military Mission in Paris.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Publisher: A. A. Wyn
Place: New York
Year: 1955

Keywords: WW II, World War II, Dunkirk, Winston Churchill, German invasion, German occupation, France, French Army, Charles de Gaulle, Marshal Petain, Paul Reynaud, Maxime Weygand,

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