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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Thunder in May

Just finished the second of Andy Johnson's World War 2 series 'Thunder in May'. I raved about his first book 'Seelowe Nord' last month, so I picked up the second eagerly and was not disappointed.

Thunder in MayThis volume deals with the Fall of France in 1940. The formula is similar. He tells the story in short chapters from the strategic level down to small unit action. Most of the characters are taken from history, albeit with fictional dialogue, and a few more are added in.

The main character is again Sargeant Jackson, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. His platoon is involved in several delaying actions before they are evacuated at Dunkirk. But we are also given the glider landings at Eben Emael, Rommel and the Ghost Division, the counter attack at Arras,
Guderian and the halt order, and many more highlights from the campaign.

Couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.

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