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Jan 20, 2017

Great unpublished history!

The personal WWII diary and letters home from Capt Wood of the Lady of Mann offer a unique glimpse into the happenings of the Dunkirk evacuation during WW2 in 1940

Bill Cheall was plucked off the Dunkirk beaches by the ship Lady of Mann, which had an heroic part to play at Dunkirk

The ship was captained by civilian seaman, Tom Woods, who would later be honoured with an OBE for his gallant efforts. 

Hear about the murderous threat of the German forces

Learn about a mutiny on the big ships!

A dramatic blow by blow account of five deadly days in Dunkirk!

The second in a special Dunkirk series. Recommended that you also listen to Podcast Episode 9 in this series - Major Petch's Dunkirk diary, WWII  

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Capt Tom Woods Dunkirk Ship's Captain


Lady of Mann Dunkirk ship

Vic Kewley
over a year ago

We have seen the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq but nothing like the horror of the landings and advances afterwards. Imagine being shot or shelled at from all angles and bombed and strafed from the air. Pure horror.

N. J. Woods
over a year ago

Thanks very much for this excellent account. I've read the letters and reports previously, but tying them in with your fathers experiences have added a new side to the story.

N. Woods, Great Grandson of Tom Woods