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Dec 4, 2016

"Champagne and scrambled eggs for supper!"

  • The personal war diary and letters home from Major Petch offer a unique glimpse into the lives of the British soldiers during Dunkirk in 1940.
  • "It'll all be over when it gets hotter" was the prevailing opinion.
  • This changed in a matter of days as the weather did get hotter but the soldiers began a desperate fight for their lives in the face of Hitler's blitzkreig.
  • A dramatic blow by blow account of the Major's writings.
  • Would they get off the beaches at Dunkirk?
  • Furious - Fascinating - Funny.

The first in a special WWII Dunkirk series. Recommended that you also listen to Podcast Episode 1 in this series - Bill Cheall's story of the beaches.

Great unpublished history!

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Major Leslie Petch OBE circa 1940