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Dunkirk to D-Day (Hardback)

The Men and Women of the RAOC and Re-Arming the British Army

WWII D-Day & Normandy P&S History Dunkirk

By Philip Hamlyn Williams
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 248
Illustrations: 40 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526794307
Published: 30th April 2021

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At Dunkirk, the withdrawing army left behind most of its equipment, yet only four years later, on D-Day, troops would wonder at the efficiency of supply. This book looks at the lives of some of the men who led the monumental effort which led to this result.

The story begins in Victorian south London. It goes out to Portuguese East Africa and then to Malaya, before being caught in the maelstrom of the Great War. Between the wars, its leading characters work at Pilkington, Dunlop and English Steel; they serve in Gallipoli, Gibraltar and Malta; they transform the way a mechanised army is supplied. They supply in the desert and the jungle. They build massive depots, and relationships with motor companies here and in the USA. After the war they work for companies driving the post-war economy: Vickers, Dunlop and Rootes. Many died, exhausted, years before their time.

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About Philip Hamlyn Williams

Phil Hamlyn Williams’s father, Major-General Sir Leslie (‘Bill’) Williams, was head of the RAOC in WW2. His mother, Major-General Williams’s secretary and later wife, kept albums, diaries and recollections which recorded the work of the RAOC in remarkable details. Now a historian, Phil has written War on Wheels and Ordnance on the history of the RAOC in the first and second world wars.

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